Throughout the academic year we strive to increase awareness, celebrate cultures and traditions, and honor the legacies of leaders who challenge us to have respect and empathy for all. In collaboration with student organizations, departments, community organizations and local universities, we work to create an environment of inclusive excellence that explores, rather than consumes the lived experiences, narratives and counter-narratives that make us diverse.
Also referred to as National Hispanic Heritage Month, is celebrated annually throughout the United States from September 15 through October 15. During this time we celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of all who identify as part of the Latin diaspora.
Also referred to as National American Indian Heritage Month, is celebrated in November of each year. During this time we work to honor the history of those who were here long before 1492 and thrive today. Indigenous communities inform our sustainable practices and show us how to decolonize our lives and we seek to center their contributions to the world daily starting with the National Day of Mourning in October
Also referred to as African American History Month, is celebrated each February. During this time we focus on uplifting the experiences of Black people in the United States and throughout the African diaspora starting with MLK Day of Service in January. We work to honor the labor and triumphs of Black people around the world. See this year's BHM events
In March of each year, we celebrate the women of our world. During this time we honor all who identify and live their lives as women. Specifically, we uplift the labor of women of color and their continued contributions to our communities.
Since the 1990's various communities across the nation have commemorated Arab American Heritage Month during the month of April. As of 2019, 26 states have issued proclamations acknowledging this heritage month. Nine members of congress currently support this as a national celebratory month. Starting in the 2019-2020 academic year, we will formally honor the contributions of the Arab community throughout the world. It is our hope to set the standard in countering the narratives that marginalize, with stories that empower, uplift, and humanize all who make our society diverse.
In May of 2019 we will honor the contributions of both the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Throughout the month we will focus on celebrating the achievements of communities that enlighten the world through art, spirituality, philosophy and so much more. We will uplift the narratives of individuals who exhibit leadership, tenacity, and so much more.
Also referred to as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, is celebrated each June. During this time we focus on uplifting the numerous contributions of marginalized people of color who contributed to the movement for civil rights in the queer community.