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Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

General Calendar of Selected Social Justice/Diversity Events & Celebrations 

ULM events for the following generally selected calendar events that relate to diversity are noted when they are scheduled.  Please see this the 2020 Diversity Holiday Calendar for religious holidays, events, and remembrances.  Note the Christian holidays of Mardi Gras, Easter, and Christmas are not listed. This was due to variances among the many significant religious dates/holidays/events.  If you would like a specific religious date/event/holiday listed, please let us know and it will be included. Also, please let us know of any significant events/holidays you would like considered for inclusion in this general calendar.

 

JANUARY

3rd Monday in January:  Martin Luther King, Jr., Remembrance Day.  An annual ULM MLK Day of Service (To Be Announced)

January 19: World Religion Day, observed by those of the Bahá’í faith to promote interfaith harmony and understanding.

FEBRUARY

Black History Month:  February is Black History Month and aims to recognize significant contributions to society made by black slaves and how their history is integral to mainstream narratives. Black History Month is also referred to as African American History Month.

MARCH

Women's History Month 

APRIL

Celebrate Diversity Month:  Started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other. April is Autism Awareness Month, established to raise awareness about the developmental disorder that affects an individual's normal development of social and communication skills.

April 2: World Autism Awareness Day, created to raise awareness of the developmental disorder around the globe.

April 17: The Day of Silence, during which students take a daylong vow of silence to protest the actual silencing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and their straight allies due to bias and harassment.

April 24: Armenian Martyrs’ Day recognizes the genocide of approximately 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923 in Turkey.

MAY

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:   The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks on the project were Chinese immigrants.

Older Americans Month:  Established in 1963 to honor the legacies and contributions of older Americans and to support them as they enter their next stage of life. May is Jewish American Heritage Month, which recognizes the diverse contributions of the Jewish people to American culture.

Mental Health Awareness Month (or Mental Health Month):  Aims to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illnesses.

May 5: Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday commemorating the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). This day celebrates Mexican culture and heritage, including parades and mariachi music performances.

May 7: National Day of Prayer, a day of observance in the United States when people are asked to “turn to God in prayer and meditation.”

May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, a global celebration of sexual-orientation and gender diversities.

May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, a day set aside by the United Nations as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together in harmony.

JUNE

June 19:  Juneteenth - Historical date when African American slaves were made aware of their emancipation on June 19, 1865 (2 years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863).  Typically, there are events held throughout the U.S.  Check out the 2020 Richwood Juneteenth Celebration  to get an idea of the kind of events locally (plans were canceled due to COVID-19 Pandemic).  

Last Sunday in June: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Day in the United States. It celebrates the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.  

JULY

July 18: Nelson Mandela International Day, launched on July 18, 2009, in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday via unanimous decision of the U.N. General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices: “It is in your hands now”. It is more than a celebration of Mandela’s life and legacy; it is a global movement to honor his life’s work and to change the world for the better.

July 26: Disability Independence Day, celebrating the anniversary of the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

July 30: International Day of Friendship, proclaimed in 2011 by the U.N. General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

AUGUST

August 17: Marcus Garvey Day, which celebrates the birthday of the Jamaican politician and activist who is revered by Rastafarians. Garvey is credited with starting the Back to Africa movement, which encouraged those of African descent to return to the land of their ancestors during and after slavery in North America.

August 23: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition and the anniversary of the uprising in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) that initiated the abolition of slavery in the Caribbean.

August 26: Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the August 26, 1920, certification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote. Congresswoman Bella Abzug first introduced a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day in 1971. Since that time, every president has published a proclamation recognizing August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

SEPTEMBER

September 25: Native American Day, a federal holiday observed annually on the fourth Friday in September in the state of California and on the second Monday in October in South Dakota, United States.

OCTOBER

National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This observance was launched in 1945 when Congress declared the first week in October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1998, the week was extended to a month and renamed. The annual event draws attention to employment barriers that still need to be addressed.

LGBTQ+ History Month. A U.S. observance started in 1994 to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and the history of the gay-rights movement.

October 11: National Coming Out Day (U.S.). For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, this day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1987 march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.

October 12: National Indigenous Peoples Day, an alternative celebration to Columbus Day, gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization.

NOVEMBER

National Native American Heritage Month:  celebrates the intertribal cultures and educates the public about the heritage, history, art, and traditions of the American Indian and Alaska Native and Hawaiian Indigenous people

November 11: Veterans Day, a U.S. federal holiday honoring military veterans. The date is also celebrated as Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day, in other parts of the world and commemorates the ending of World War I in 1918.

November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance, established in 1998 to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia and to raise awareness of the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

Mix-It-Up! at Schulze Cafeteria
"Mix-It-Up!" is held during November at Schulze Cafeteria on the ULM campus. Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to interact with persons whom they might not otherwise meet or talk with during their typical daily routine.

DECEMBER

December 1: World AIDS Day, commemorating those who have died of AIDS, and to acknowledge the need for a continued commitment to all those affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

December 3: International Day of Disabled Persons, designed to raise awareness in regards to persons with disabilities in order to improve their lives and provide them with equal opportunity.

December 10: International Human Rights Day, established by the United Nations in 1948 to commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

December 26-January 1: Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday started by Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate universal African-American heritage.


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