NASA Celebrates Asian American, Pacific Islander Heritage Month

By Nasa7 days ago

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- This May, NASA celebrates the contributions of its Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) employees past and present with a variety of internal and external events and products centered around the theme: Advancing Leaders Through Purpose-Driven Service.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make valuable contributions to every aspect of our society, including NASA's missions and successes. This year's AAPI Heritage Month brings heightened awareness and significance, given the recent violence directed against Asian Americans, said NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson. The Biden-Harris Administration and NASA are committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion, where all employees are welcomed, respected, connected, and engaged. President Biden has set the tone, choosing Vice President Harris as his running mate, appointing the most diverse cabinet in our nation's history, and nominating Margaret Vo Schaus, who, if confirmed, will serve as NASA's next CFO. I am fully committed to ensuring the president's vision is carried out at NASA and beyond.

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As part of this month's celebration, the NASA Headquarters AAPI Employee Resource Group has produced a video featuring the many voices of the AAPI community all across the agency.

In addition to internal events that celebrate AAPI people and cultures, external events throughout the month will showcase the stories and talents of AAPI members of the NASA workforce.

Dr. Kartik Sheth, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope astrophysicist from the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters shared his story and discussed how to become an astrophysicist during a recent episode of NASA STEM Stars.

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