Diversity Calendar

The College of Social Science recognizes and honors the holidays, celebrations and awareness campaigns that happen in different communties year-round. Click on each month to learn more about the events happening in 2020!
  • January

    ALL MONTH - Poverty in America Awareness Month
    Poverty in America Awareness Month draws attention to the plight of the underprivileged in American life (semi-official site).

    Jan 1st - Global Family Day/World Peace Day
    Global Family Day/World Peace Day celebrates the one-ness of the human family (UN-initiated, no official website).

    Jan 4th - World Braille Day
    World Braille Day highlights the significance of Braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for blind and partially sighted people.

    Jan 19th - World Religion Day
    A Bahái-originated holiday, World Religion Day celebrates the significance of spirituality and faith in uplifting humanity.

    Jan 20th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day commemorates the life of renowned American human rights advocate, Dr. Martin Luther King.

    Jan 23rd - World Freedom Day
    World Freedom Day (January 23 is a Taiwan-based holiday; U.S. “World Freedom Day” is celebrated in November)

    Jan 25th - Chinese New Year
    Chinese New Year commemorates the start of a new year according to the Chinese traditional calendar

    Jan 26th - International Customs Day
    International Customs Day highlights the importance of Customs organizations worldwide in fostering social, economic, health, and environmentally-friendly policies.

    Jan 27th - International Holocaust Remembrance Day
    International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the millions of Holocaust victims and enjoins individuals to promote programs to prevent further genocides.

  • February

    ALL MONTH - American History Month

    ALL MONTH - Black History Month
    Black History Month pays honor to the millions of African Americans who have contributed to all aspects of American life.

    ALL MONTH - Canadian History Month

    ALL MONTH - Human Relations Month
    Human Relations Month celebrates the work of human relations departments throughout the country in fostering productive and healthy work environments.

    Feb 1st - National Freedom Day
    National Freedom Day, which celebrates the signing of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States in 1865.

    Feb 4th - Rosa Parks Day
    Commemorates civil rights leaders on the birthday of Rosa Park

    Feb 14th - St. Valentine's Day
    St. Valentine's Day celebrates human love and affection

    Feb 15th - Nirvana Day
    Nirvana Day memorializes the passing of the Buddha and his ascension into Nirvana.

    Feb 19th - Washington’s Birthday
    George Washington’s Birthday celebrates the birth of the first United States’ president, George Washington.

    Feb 20th - World Day of Social Justice
    World Day of Social Justice highlights the United Nations’ efforts to promote development and human dignity for all.

    Feb 25th - Mardi Gras
    Mardi Gras celebrates the beginning of the Christian festival season between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday

    Feb 26th - Ash Wednesday
    In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday memorializes the beginning of Jesus Christ’s 40-day fast.

  • March

    ALL MONTH - Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
    Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.

    ALL MONTH - Greek-American Heritage Month
    Greek-American Heritage Month celebrates the contributes of Grecian peoples to American life.

    ALL MONTH - Gender Equality Month
    Gender Equality Month raises awareness of the plight of all humans to enjoy access to this nation’s institutions, regardless of their gender identity.

    ALL MONTH - Irish-American Heritage Month
    Irish-American Heritage Month celebrates the contributes of Irish peoples to American life.

    ALL MONTH - Ethnic Equality Month
    Ethnic Equality Month raises awareness of the plight of all humans to enjoy access to this nation’s institutions, regardless of their ethnicity.

    ALL MONTH - National Women's History Month
    National Women’s History Month highlights the vital role of women in American history.

    ALL MONTH - National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month
    National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Education and Awareness Month highlights the plight of MS sufferers around the world.

    Mar 8th - International Women’s Day
    International Women’s Day celebrates acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, all of whom have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

    Mar 9-10th - Purim
    Purim is a Jewish holiday to commemorate the story of the Jews being delivered from persecution in Persia.

    Mar 16th - St. Urho day
    St. Urho Day celebrates Finnish-American heritage through the commemoration of the Finnish Saint, St. Urho.

    Mar 17th - St. Patrick’s Day
    St. Patrick’s Day celebrates Irish heritage through the commemoration of the Irish Saint, St. Patrick.

    Mar 21st - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
    International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination raises awareness of the United Nations’ mission for the prohibition of racial discrimination in all core international human rights instruments.

    Mar 21st - World Down Syndrome Day
    World Down Syndrome Day highlights the plight of Down Syndrome sufferers’ and their loved ones’ efforts to enjoy participation in mainstream society and fulfill their personal potential.

    Mar 21st - Naw-Ruz (Baha'i New Year)
    Naw-Ruz celebrates the Baha’i New Year.

    Mar 25th - The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
    The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade honors and remembers those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system.

    Mar 31st - International Transgender Day of Visibility
    International Transgender Day of Visibility, celebrated to bring awareness to transgender people and their identities as well as recognize those who helped fight for rights for transgender people

  • April

    ALL MONTH - Community Service Month

    ALL MONTH - Earth Month
    Earth Month celebrates the efforts of people around the world to step up to care for our planet and commit to a sustainable world.

    ALL MONTH - Autism Awareness Month
    Autism Awareness Month promotes autism awareness and celebrates efforts to ensure that all affected by autism are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible.

    ALL MONTH - Arab-American Heritage Month
    Arab-American Heritage Month celebrates the contributions of Arab-Americans to American life and their struggles to receive full protections as American citizens.

    ALL MONTH - Tartan (Scottish-American) Heritage Month
    Tartan Heritage Month celebrates the contributions of Scottish-Americans to American life.

    Apr 2nd - World Autism Awareness Day
    World Autism Awareness Day promotes autism awareness and celebrates efforts to ensure that all affected by autism are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible.

    Apr 7th - International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda
    International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda urges Kwibuka (Remembrance) of the more than one million people perished as a result of systematic killing during the Rwandan genocide.

    Apr 8-16th - Passover
    Passover commemorates the Jewish remembrance of their deliverance from ancient Egypt.

    Apr 11th - National Day of Silence
    National Day of Silence encourages students around the world to take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools.

    Apr 12th - Easter
    In the Christian tradition, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    Apr 15th - Youth Homelessness Matters Day
    Youth Homelessness Matters Day raises awareness of youth who do not enjoy steady and sustained access to housing facilities.

    Apr 20th - First Day of Ridvan — Festival of Ridvan
    In the Baha’i tradition, Ridvan celebrates when Baha’u’llah lived alongside the River Tigris in Baghdad.

    Apr 21-23rd - Gathering of Nations
    More than 500 Indigenous tribes meet and celebrate various traditions and cultures.

    Apr 22nd - Earth Day
    Earth Day celebrates the efforts of people around the world to step up to care for our planet and commit to a sustainable world.

    Apr 29th - The Ninth Day of Ridvan
    In the Baha’i tradition, Ridvan celebrates when Baha’u’llah lived alongside the River Tigris in Baghdad.

  • May

    ALL MONTH - National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
    National Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month commemorates the efforts of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in shaping the country which we now enjoy.

    ALL MONTH - Haitian Heritage Month
    Haitian Heritage Month celebrates appreciation for Haitian culture and heritage, which have immeasurably enriched the lives of the people of this nation.

    ALL MONTH - South Asian Heritage Month
    South Asian Heritage Month celebrates the contributions of South Asians to American life.

    ALL MONTH - Jewish-American Heritage Month
    Jewish-American Heritage Month celebrate the contributions Jewish Americans have made to American life.

    ALL MONTH - Mental Health Month
    Mental Health Month raises awareness about mental health, fights stigma, provides support, educates the public and advocates for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

    ALL MONTH - Personal History Awareness Month
    Personal History Awareness Month raises awareness about the importance of preserving and sharing people’s life stories.

    ALL MONTH - Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
    Speech and Hearing Awareness Month raises awareness about communication disorders.

    ALL MONTH - Older Americans Month
    Older Americans Month acknowledges the contributions of past and current older persons to our country

    May 2nd - The Twelfth Day of Ridvan
    In the Baha’i tradition, Ridvan celebrates when Baha’u’llah lived alongside the River Tigris in Baghdad.

    May 5th - Cinco de Mayo
    Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican Army’s defeat of French invaders at the Battle of Puebla; it also serves as a celebration of Mexican heritage generally.

    May 8th - Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for those who Lost their Lives during WWII
    Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for those who Lost their Lives during WWII memorializes all victims of the Second World War.

    May 17th - International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
    Raises awareness for LGBTQ+ rights.

    May 21st - World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
    World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development celebrates and encourages understanding of the values of cultural diversity.

    May 22nd - International Day for Biological Diversity
    International Day for Biological Diversity encourages understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

    May 23rd - Declaration of the Bab in Shiraz, Shavuot
    In the Baha’i tradition, the Declaration of the Bab in Shiraz, Shavuot celebrates the declaration of Ali Muhammad that he was the “gate” (Bab). Along with Baha’u’llah, Ali Muhammad was one of the founders of the Baha’i faith.

    May 24th - Ramadan Begins
    In the Islamic tradition, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed as a holy month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community.

    May 25th - Memorial Day
    Memorial Day honors veterans who have died in active service.

    May 29th - Ascension of Baha’u’lláh
    Ascension of Bahau'llah commemorates the death of Baha’u’lláh.

  • June

    ALL MONTH - National Caribbean American Heritage Month
    National Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrates the rich history and vibrant culture of Americans with origins in the Caribbean.

    ALL MONTH - LGBT Pride Month
    LGBT Pride Month celebrates the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

    ALL MONTH - Black Music Month
    African-American Music Month celebrates the African American musical influences that comprise an essential part of our nation’s treasured cultural heritage.

    Jun 8th - Race Unity Day

    Jun 12th - Loving Day
    Loving Day commemorates the Supreme Court Case, Loving v. Virginia, which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws nationwide.

    Jun 19th - Juneteenth
    Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of slavery in the United States generally and Texas, specifically.

    Jun 20th - World Refugee Day
    World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.

    Last Sunday in June - LGBTQ+ Pride Day
    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Day in the United States. It commemorates the Stonewall Riots that occurred on June 28, 1969.

  • July

    ALL MONTH - French-American Heritage Month
    French-American Heritage Month celebrates the contributions those of French ancestry have made to American life.

    Jul 4th - Independence Day
    Independence Day celebrates the ratification of the Declaration of Independence.

    Jul 4th - Filipino-American Friendship Day
    Filipino-American Friendship Day celebrates the Philippines’s independence from the United States in 1946.

    Jul 9th - The Martyrdom of the Bab
    The Martyrdom of the Bab memorializes the assassination of Ali Muhammad.

    Jul 11th - World Population Day
    World Population Day brings attention to the urgency and importance of population issues.

    Jul 18th - International Nelson Mandela Day

    Jul 24th - Pioneer Day
    Pioneer Day celebrates the arrival in 1847 of Latter-day Saint pioneers into Ute Territory.

    Jul 26th - Americans with Disabilities Act Signed "Disability Independence Day"
    Disability Independence Day” celebrates the rights of people with disabilities to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services.

    Jul 29-30th - Tisha B'Av
    In the Jewish tradition, Tisha B'Av mourns multiple atrocities carried out against the Jewish people in history.

  • August

    ALL MONTH - National Civility Month
    National Civility Month encourages kindness and respect towards others at home and at work.

    Aug 9th - International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
    International Day of the World’s Indigenous People raises awareness of the traditional knowledge, voices, wisdom, and needs of indigenous peoples.

    Aug 13th - International Lefthanders Day
    International Lefthanders Day raises awareness of the everyday issues that lefties face as they live in a world designed for right-handers.

    Aug 13th - Black Women’s Equal Pay Day
    Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, whose aim is to raise awareness about the wider-than-average pay gap between Black women and White men. Black women are paid 62 cents for every dollar paid to White men.

    Aug 19th - World Humanitarian Day
    World Humanitarian Day commemorates humanitarian workers killed and injured in the course of their work, as well as (?) all aid and health workers who continue, despite the odds, to provide life-saving support and protection to people most in need.

    Aug 23rd - International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
    In August 1791, enslaved Africans on the island of St. Domingue mounted a rebellion against the slaveholding elite of the island. August 23 is a UNESCO-designated day to memorialize the plight of peoples of African ancestry around the world, to gain their freedom from enslavement. Learn more here.

    Aug 22nd - International Day for Biological Diversity
    International Day for Biological Diversity encourages understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

    Aug 23rd - Declaration of the Bab in Shiraz, Shavuot
    In the Baha’i tradition, the Declaration of the Bab in Shiraz, Shavuot celebrates the declaration of Ali Muhammad that he was the “gate” (Bab). Along with Baha’u’llah, Ali Muhammad was one of the founders of the Baha’i faith.

    Aug 26th - Women’s Equality Day
    Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the August 26, 1920, certification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the US 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 US president has published a proclamation recognizing August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.

  • September

    ALL MONTH - Hispanic Heritage Month
    Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

    ALL MONTH - National Guide Dog Month
    National Guide Dog Month celebrates guide dogs, seeing-eye dogs, service pets, and other assistance animals.

    ALL MONTH - Suicide Prevention Month

    Sep 7th - Labor Day
    Labor Day celebrates the social and economic achievements of American workers.

    Sep 11th - Patriot Day
    Patriot Day commemorates the lives lost in the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

    Sep 12th - National Native American Day

    Sep 15th - International Day of Democracy
    International Day of Democracy celebrates values of freedom, respect for human rights and the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage.

    Sep 16th - Mexican Independence Day
    Mexican Independence Day celebrates Mexico’s successful independence from Spain.

    Sep 18th - International Equal Pay Day
    International Equal Pay Day represents the longstanding efforts towards the achievement of equal pay for work of equal value.

    Sep 18-20th - Rosh Hashanah
    In the Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish New Year.

    Sep 21st - International Day of Peace
    International Day of Peace celebrates the strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

    Sep 26th - European Languages Day
    European Languages Day celebrates Europe’s rich linguistic diversity and the needs for multilingualism in the contemporary world.

    Sep 27-28th - Yom Kippur
    In the Jewish tradition, Yom Kippur celebrates the Day of Atonement.

    Sep 27th - World Tourism Day
    World Tourism Day celebrates how tourism allows people to experience some of the world’s cultural and natural riches and brings them closer to each other.

  • October

    ALL MONTH - Bullying Prevention Month
    Bullying Prevention Month seeks to stop bullying and cyberbullying and put an end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children of all ages.

    ALL MONTH - Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    Domestic Violence Awareness Month raises awareness of domestic abuse in all its forms.

    ALL MONTH - Down Syndrome Awareness Month
    Down Syndrome Awareness Month seeks to raise awareness of Down Syndrome and advocate for recognition of the needs and capabilities of those who experience it.

    ALL MONTH - Family History Month
    Family History Month celebrates the research of individuals’ family history.

    ALL MONTH - Filipino-American Heritage Month
    Filipino-American Heritage Month highlights the research, examination, and promulgation of Filipino American history and culture.

    ALL MONTH - Italian-American Heritage Month
    Italian-American Heritage Month recognizes the rich heritage of Americans of Italian descent and celebrate their immeasurable contributions to our Nation.

    ALL MONTH - LGBT History Month
    LGBT History Month commemorates the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans whose many and varied contributions have enriched our national life.

    ALL MONTH - National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    ALL MONTH - National German Heritage Month
    German Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) celebrates how German-American have contributed to American society and culture.

    ALL MONTH - Global Diversity Awareness Month
    Global Diversity Awareness Month, a month to celebrate and increase awareness about the diversity of cultures and ethnicities and the positive impact diversity can have on society.

    ALL MONTH - National Work and Family Month
    National Work and Family Month celebrates progress towards creating more flexible work environments and helping individuals better balance their work-life commitments.

    ALL MONTH - Polish-American Heritage Month
    Polish-American Heritage Month celebrates the influence of Polish-Americans on American life.

    Oct 2nd - International Day of Non-Violence
    International Day of Non-Violence celebrates a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence.

    Oct 2-9th - Sukkot
    In the Jewish tradition, Sukkot celebrates the sojourn of Jews follow their escape from Egypt.

    Oct 6th - German American Heritage Day

    Oct 10th - World Mental Health Day

    Oct 11th - National Coming Out Day
    National Coming Out Day celebrates LGBT efforts to express their sexual orientation openly.

    Oct 11th - National Indigenous Peoples Day
    National Indigenous Peoples Day, an alternative celebration to Columbus Day, gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization.

    Oct 15th - White Cane Safety Day
    White Cane Safety Day raises awareness of the vital role of the white cane in facilitating the mobility of blind and vision-impaired people.

    Oct 16th - Spirit Day – Anti Bullying

    Oct 17th - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
    International Day for the Eradication of Poverty highlights the effort and struggle of people living in poverty, offers a chance for them to make their concerns heard, and raises attention to how poor people are the first ones to fight against poverty.

    Oct 18th - Women in Military Service for America Memorial Anniversary
    Women in Military Service for America Memorial recognizes all women who have served in or with the United States Armed Forces—past, present, and future.

    Oct 19th - World Humanitarian Action Day

    Oct 20th - Birth of the Bab in Shiraz
    In the Baha’i tradition, Birth of the Bab in Shiraz celebrates the birth of Ali Muhammad, one of the founders of the Baha’i faith.

    Oct 22nd - International Stuttering Awareness Day
    International Stuttering Awareness Day raises awareness to the needs and plight of those who experience stuttering speech disabilities.

    Oct 31st - Day of the Dead
    Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday, celebrates the lives of one’s ancestors.

  • November

    ALL MONTH - National Native American Heritage Month
    Native American Heritage Month celebrates the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States.

    ALL MONTH - National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

    Nov 11th - Veterans Day/Armistice Day
    Veterans Day/Armistice Day celebrates the end of World War I and all those who have engaged in warfare on behalf of the United States.

    Nov 12th - Birth of Baha'u'llah
    In the Baha’i tradition, Birth of Bah’u’llah celebrates the birth of one of the Baha’i faith’s founding prophets, Baha’u’llah.

    Nov 13th - World Kindness Day

    Nov 16th - International Day for Tolerance
    International Day for Tolerance encourages respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human.

    Nov 17th - International Students’ Day
    International Students’ Day celebrates students’ plights and achievements throughout the world.

    Nov 20th - Transgender Day of Remembrance
    Transgender Day of Remembrance memorializes transgenders who have died from acts of anti- transgender violence.

    Nov 26th - Thanksgiving
    Thanksgiving celebrates gratitude in the midst of difficulty.

  • December

    ALL MONTH - Universal Human Rights Month
    Universal Human Rights Month celebrates humans' inalienable rights, irrespective of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

    Dec 1st - World AIDS Day

    Dec 3rd - International Day for People with Disability

    Dec 13th - International Human Rights Day

    Dec 16th - Hanukkah
    In the Jewish tradition, Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the rededication of the Temple following the Maccabean revolt.

    Dec 20th - International Human Solidarity Day
    International Human Solidarity Day celebrates human unity in diversity, the importance of solidarity, and poverty eradication.

    Dec 25th - Christmas
    In the Christian tradition, Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

    Dec 26th- Jan 1st - Kwanzaa
    Kwanzaa celebrates African-American life and culture.