President Riley Honors Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

By Office of Communications & Marketing | May 10, 2021

logo imageThe month of May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month—paying homage to the vast contributions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community throughout American History.

The history of American excellence and ingenuity in this country throughout time would be impossible without the countless and enduring contributions of our AAPI community—one that has humbly and honorably served in uniform, remained pillars in the small business community, led innovations in technology that improve the way we live, and who continue to lay bricks to build, develop, and advance the American Dream. Here at Downstate, we recognize and honor the incredible and far-reaching influence our AAPI communities have had on the sciences through innovations in education, research, and clinical care—including fearlessly and heroically serving on the frontlines of biological warfare during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Downstate Community also remains sensitive and aware of increased attacks on our Asian-American and Pacific Islander brothers and sisters in the wake of growing anti-AAPI hate crimes and discrimination. We continue to ensure our institution remains a safe haven for all within our diverse community. Downstate stands firmly against these unconscionable acts of violence.

In honor of this commemorative month, and on behalf of the entire Downstate Community, I’d like to extend my appreciation and thanks to our Asian American and Pacific Islander students, faculty, and staff for adding immeasurably to our beloved institution's depth, achievement, and history of excellence.

Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, MACP