Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month with our API ERC Community at Box

Our company is built on people: We call them Boxers. They come from a range of backgrounds and experiences, and each has a unique story to tell. At Box, our 13 Employee Resource Communities (ERCs) - employee-led affinity groups - support a culture of belonging and elevate the needs and experiences of underrepresented communities. Available both remotely and across office locations, ERCs bring Box culture and values to each region, while remaining inclusive of Boxers worldwide.

To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI), we’re spotlighting our API (Asian and Pacific Islander) ERC: a community of Asian American and Pacific Islander Boxers and allies.

What is API’s mission and vision?

API’s mission is to support, empower, and inspire Boxers of API descent. They are committed to fostering an inclusive environment for folks that identify as API and allies alike. Through community engagement and philanthropy, the API ERC hopes to build a foundation for which members can thrive.

How does the API ERC celebrate AAPI Heritage Month?

During AAPI Heritage Month, our API ERC activated the community by hosting events — both in-person and remote — that cultivated relationship-building, as well as learning around API cultural customs. From Redwood City to New York, our teams came together for a month filled with games, workshops, and good food.

In Redwood City, colleagues gathered during Happy Hour to enjoy specialty cafe drinks from Vietnamese coffee to chai. A potluck brought a crowd down to HQ’s second floor to enjoy a variety of dishes:

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Chicago kicked off their celebration with a special breakfast with bagels and pineapple buns. Later in the day, they hosted a Happy Hour featuring games and an origami class:

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Our New York City, Austin, and San Francisco locations all came together for happy hours, games, and API food. Our San Francisco location in particular hosted a boba bar for Boxers to indulge in:

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Even those working remotely had the chance to participate in a Fireside Chat featuring Filipino illustrator Jerilyn Guerrero — an inspiring way to learn from talented individuals within the community:

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As we reflect upon these meaningful celebrations nationwide during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, one thing is clear: These events have strengthened connections between our Boxers while honoring AAPI traditions.

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