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Dean Aiyer Honored as Illinois Leader During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs and University of Illinois College of Medicine Regional Dean Meenakshy Aiyer

Regional Dean Meenakshy Aiyer was honored by Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs May 15 during a celebration to highlight the achievements of state leaders during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

The event was held at the state building in Chicago and honored 10 people for their contributions to their communities.

Dr. Aiyer was honored for “Outstanding Commitment to Education.”

“Today, we honor leaders who are educating our youth, helping create jobs and inspiring others,” Frerichs said. “We are grateful for these leaders who continue to give their time, share their talents and use their voices to improve our communities.”

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month dates back to 1978, when President Carter signed a joint resolution marking the first 10 days of May as Asian Pacific Heritage Week. In 1990, the celebration was expanded to include the entire month.