Asian Pacific Islander Committee

Our mission is to celebrate, educate and raise awareness of the many diverse and intersecting Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, histories and lived experiences here and abroad, which are represented by members of our college community.


By sponsoring these activities, the members of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Committee hope to build understanding, challenge stereotypes and foster a sense of belonging, harmony and inclusivity at Grossmont College and East County San Diego.


Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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May 4 -  Squid Games: Let the Games Begin

Join us for some kid-friendly fun and games. "Squid Games" is based on a children's game in South Korea and the popular TV series.


Date: Wednesday, May 4th

Time: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Location: Main Quad


Please RSVP

  • Snacks and bottles of water will be provided.
  • There will be prize giveaways.
  • Waiver forms are need prior to playing tug-a-war.


May 10 -  Mental Health Awareness in the AAPI Community with Dr. Kevin Tajii

Dr. Tajii is a 3rd generation Japanese American (Sansei) born and raised in Los Angeles County. He is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience in treating depression, anxiety, men’s issues, anger management, grief and loss, relationship issues, sex/porn addiction, behavioral health issues such as insomnia and chronic pain, and specializes in working with male-identified clients that struggle to connect, express emotions, and/or challenge masculinity stereotypes.


Dr. Tajii uses he/him/his pronouns.


Date: Tuesday, May 10th

Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Location: Zoom


Please RSVP


May 10 - Celebrating Global Superstars: BTS

Join us as we celebrate the music and accomplishments of BTS.  Throught a presentation, learn about how they came to be one of the biggest music groups internationally with the most diverse fandom in the world and what impact they have on Asian repressentation in the music industry.


Date: Tuesday, May 10th

Time: 12:30-2:00 PM


Location: Zoom - Please RSVP

Location: Griffin Gate - Please RSVP

  • Lunch and drinks will be provided.
  • Freebies, prizes, and photo ops!
  • Army! "We don't need permission to dance!" challenge


May 12 - The Farewell: A Tale of Love and Loss Across Cultures Movie Night CANCELLED

A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

Director: Lulu Wang
Starring: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, Jiang Yongbo


Date: Thursday, May 12th

Time: 6:00-8:00 PM

Location: Griffin Gate


Please RSVP

  • Mochi popcorn and drinks provided.
  • Come in your comfy pajamas and slippers!  



May 17 - Day in the Life: Joseph J. Chargualaf (For Business Majors & Interests)
  • Joseph J. Chargualaf is from Guam.
  • He obtained a Bachelor's Degree at Chaminade University in Hawaii and graduated from the Western Credit Union National Association Management School.
  • In 1999, Mr. Chargualaf moved to California to pursue his career in financial institutions.

Date: Tuesday, May 17th

Time: 12:00-1:00 PM

Location: Zoom




May 18 - Welcome to the Asian & Pacific Islander Hawaiian Pa'ina

E Komo Mai! Spend the day with us as we celebrate the Hawai'ian culture with hula dancing, lei kupe'e making, ukulele performance and lessons, spam musubi demonstration and "ono" Hawaiian kau kau (foods). Aloha!


Date: Wednesday, May 18th 

Time: 8:00 AM-2:00 PM

Location: Griffin Gate


  • 8:00 AM-2:00 PM: Lei kupe'e-making interactive workshop
  • 8:00 AM-2:00 PM: Spam musubi-making demonstration with giveaway bags
  • 10:00-11:00 AM: Ukulele performance and lessons with Anthony Ka'uka Stanley
  • 12:00 PM: Hawaiian food served from Da Kine Catering
  • 12:30 PM: Dance & song performance by Melinda Tuminting and Ho'okupu O Hawai'i

Please RSVP



In Other News...

Our Anti-AAPI Racism Resolution has been adopted! 

We condemn violence against AAPI Americans and commit to fighting racism and systemic inequities. Adopted by our:

  • Grossmont College Academic Senate
  • Grossmont College Classified Senate
  • Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District

See the Resolution.

Join our Community

 Join the API Committee

See our Current Members



  • Have API content to share? Please email lisa.brlas@gcccd.edu and she'll review and add to our webpage.


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