2023 Diversity & Inclusion Calendar
This calendar serves as a resource to expand awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the variety of occasions that may be observed by members of the Concord community. This calendar is not comprehensive and will be updated to reflect the most current and accurate information. If you would like to recommend an occasion to be added to this calendar, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Poverty in America Month: This month was established to bring greater awareness to the issue of poverty and financial insecurity in the United States. Currently, 38 million people in the country live below the federal poverty line.
- January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Celebrates one of the best-known civil rights activists, MLK Jr.
- January 22: Lunar New Year – This festival marks the start of the new year in the lunar calendar used in East Asia, Southeast Asia and elsewhere
- Black History Month: February was chosen to celebrate African American History because it holds the birthdays of two men who helped eliminate slavery: Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln
- Body Image Awareness Month: This month provides an opportunity to change the narrative of what constitutes wellness, health, and acceptance as it relates to body size to dismantle the stigma around body size and body shaming
- February 1: National Freedom Day– This day celebrates the signing of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in 1865
- Arab American Heritage Month: This month highlights and celebrates the history and cultures of the Arab American population and its contribution to American society
- Autism Acceptance Month: This designation, created by the autistic community, is a shift from Autism Awareness Month to recognize that efforts should include not only knowing that autism exists but fully accepting autism and autistic people in daily life. This language recognizes that autism is not an ailment to be eliminated but a condition with which many people identify, and it respects the rights and humanity of autistic people.
- Deaf History Month: This observance celebrates key events in deaf history, including the founding of Gallaudet University and the American School for the Deaf
- Diversity Month: This observance recognizes and honors the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will gain a deeper understanding of each other.
- April 2: World Autism Awareness Day – The goal of this day is to recognize people living with autism and improve their lives both fully and meaningfully.
- April 22: Earth Day – An international celebration for the modern environmental movement. This day raises awareness of issues that affect the earth and global society including carbon emissions, climate change, food security, and clean energy
- April 28: Arbor Day – Celebrates the planting, upkeep and preservation of trees
- July 26: National Disability Independence Day – This observance celebrates the anniversary of the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disability Act, which made it illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities in areas like employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and access to state and local government programs/services.
- July 27: Black Women’s Equal Pay Day – Black women working full-time, year-round are paid 67 cents and all earners (including part-time and seasonal) are paid 64 cents for every dollar paid to non-Hispanic white men.
- Civility Month: This holiday was founded to help the world remember to treat others the way we wish to be treated ourselves — with kindness, empathy, and respect
- August 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People – This day was created by the UN to celebrate the cultures of Indigenous peoples on a global scale
- August 15: Moms’ Equal Pay Day – Moms working full-time, year-round are paid 74 cents and all earners (including part-time and seasonal) are paid 62 cents for every dollar paid to dads
- August 19: Teej - A Hindu festival celebrated mainly by women that marks the beginning of monsoon season in India
- August 19: World Humanitarian Day – This day was designated by the UN in remembrance of the 22 lives lost in the 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq. It is a day for people across cultures to come together to advocate for the well-being and dignity of those affected by crises worldwide as well as the safety of aid workers.
- August 23: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition – This observance honors those who suffered and died in the transatlantic slave trade and is the anniversary of the 1791 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 – This day commemorates American women gaining the right to vote in 1920
- September 4: Labor Day – This observance was initiated by labor activists in the nineteenth century and celebrates the accomplishments and contribution of workers across the U.S. to the country’s strength and prosperity.
- September 24-25: Yom Kippur – Yom Kippur is known as the holiest day of the Jewish year when Jews traditionally ask for forgiveness for their wrongdoings
- September 29-30: Sukkot – Sukkot is a week-long Jewish holiday that celebrates the fall harvest
- National Disability Employment Awareness Month: celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities past and present and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices
- Native American Heritage Month: This month is designated to recognize and inform about experiences and cultures of the first Americans in the United States, their sacrifice in the establishment of this country, and their significant contributions to its growth.
(Sources include Diversityresources.com)