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Gannon's Oberoi named Commissioner of Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

Published: 05/26/2022

Pennsylvania Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration at The Governor's Residence in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration at The Governor's Residence in Harrisburg.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month) is an annual celebration that recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States. The AAPI term includes cultures from the entire Asian continent—including East, Southeast, and South Asia—and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. According to the Pew Research Center, AAPI people are a diverse and growing population that makes up about 7% of the total U.S. population. AAPI Heritage Month 2022 will take place from Sunday, May 1 to Tuesday, May 31. (History, 2022)

Amanpreet Oberoi MPA, BSN, RN joined the Gannon community this year as the Nurse Manager and Global Health Liason of the Gannon Health Center. Oberoi is the president of the Erie Asian Pacific American Association (APAA), and was recently appointed as the Commissioner by the Governor to the Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander's Affairs

"I am humbled to be appointed as the Commissioner to Governor's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs," said Oberoi. "Proud to have represented my Gannon community and Greater Erie community at large. Earlier in the month, Mayor Joe Schember of Erie had signed and awarded a proclamation to me as the President of Erie APAA, stating that May (is) to be celebrated as Asian Heritage Month. [On] May 25th, 2022, Governor Tom Wolf and the first lady welcomed all the Commissioners from Pennsylvania for the celebration of Pennsylvania Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at The Governor's Residence in Harrisburg." 

Learn more about AAPI Heritage Month and find resources here

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