July 2017 Diversity Calendar

7 Essential Events

by Logan Arlen

The month of July is packed with a multitude of diversity events from celebrating women to various religions. Here are seven of the most important events from our July 2017 diversity calendar.  For a complete list, see our online diversity calendar.

Black Leaders


July 2017 Diversity Calendar

 

Thurgood Marshall (July 2nd):

July diversity awareness month includes famed Supreme Court justice and civil rights leader, and head of legal services for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). As an advocate of advancing civil rights for all Americans, Marshall used his time on the Supreme Court to move America forward. Marshall’s biggest accomplishment comes from the groundbreaking decision on the 1954 Supreme Court case of Brown vs. Board of Education, which ended racial segregation in public schools.

 

July 2017 Diversity Calendar

 

Nelson Mandela (July 18th):

Former South African President and revolutionary for the anti-apartheid movement. He was  South Africa’s first black president, as well as  the first to be elected in a fully democratic election. Mandela is dear in the hearts of many for his dismantling of the institutionalized racial segregation and discrimination.

Asian/Religious Figures


Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama (July 6th):

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tibetan leader and recipient of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize,  celebrates his 82nd birthday as he continues to travel the world spreading his message of peace. Nine years after receiving his title, The Dalai Lama was forced to flee Tibet to India where he has lived as a refugee ever since. His original goal of full independence for Tibet has waned to high level autonomy from China. In recent years, he has stated he wants Tibet to be a part of China, but preserve its script and culture. The Dalai Lama is a sacred figure to many Tibetans, and continues to be their spiritual leader despite his exile.

Celebrating Women, Hispanics


Frida Khahlo

Frida Kahlo (July 6th):

Our July 2017 multicultural calendar also features the birthday for  Frida Kahlo, the renowned Mexican painter. Kahlo began painting self-portraits while recovering from a motor vehicle accident. The Louvre purchased her painting The Frame as its’ first work of a twentieth-century Mexican artist. She is an icon for women, as well as  Mexican and Hispanic heritage.

LGBT Pride


July 2017 Diversity Calendar

Giorgio Armani (July 11th):

Iconic Italian designer Giorgio Armani turns 83. Armani is famous for his menswear, and is a pioneer of red-carpet fashion. Armani has built a fashion empire that generates an annual turnover of $1.6 billion and paved the way for luxury ready-to-wear men’s clothing. Despite being a very private man, he has publicly identified as being bisexual. For LGBT respect and inclusion tips, see our Anyone Can Be an Ally video.

People with Disabilities


Special Olympics

 Special Olympics (July 20th):


Key diversity events for July 2017 include the first ever Special Olympics were held in Chicago on this day in 1968. The games have grown from 1,000 participants from the United States and Canada, to a worldwide event with over 7,500 athletes participating. The competitions are held every two years, alternating between Summer and Winter Games, with the Summer Games held the year before the regular Olympics. These games are source of pride for many disabled people and a testament to how far they have come.

July 2017 Diversity Calendar

 


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (July 26th):

The ADA was signed into law in 1990, granting protection from discrimination to people with disabilities in areas of employment, transportation, and public accommodation. The law affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal. Additionally, the ADA requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations.


Be sure to check out next month’s diversity calendar for a preview of August’s events. For a complete list of 2017 events, see our online diversity calendar.

 

June 2017 Diversity Calendar

June 2017 Diversity Calendar

June is perhaps best known as the advent of summer. But our June 2017 diversity calendar also provides many opportunities to celebrate a colorful rainbow of diversity in your workplace.

Below is a partial list of June 2017 diversity events. For a complete list, please see our interactive online calendar.

LGBT

June is LGBT pride month nationwide, as proclaimed by President Bill Clinton in June, 2000.

Another key LGBT event is:

June 28 – the anniversary of Stonewall Rebellion. On this day in 1969, the LGBT community fought back against police harassment. It’s seen as the first organized LGBT effort in the United States to openly gain equality under the law.

June is an ideal time for LGBT sensitivity training, such as our most popular LGBT video, Anyone Can Be an Ally.

Religion

June 2017 features a number of religious holidays.

Christianity
June 4 – Pentecost – Also known as Whit Sunday, the Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, and thus the birth of the Christian Church.

Other holidays include Trinity All Saints Day, the Feast of Corpus Christy, and the Feast of Sacred Heart. Please check our online diversity calendar for 2017 dates.

Islam
24 – Eid al-Fitr . Beginning at sighting of crescent moon, Eid al Fitr signals the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting and other observances.

Mormon
June 1 – birthday of Brigham Young, founder of the Church of Later Day Saints

Pagan and Wiccan
June 26 – Litha begins at sundown

Black Americans

June 19- Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of all slaves in Texas. It’s a time for celebrations in Black American communities, including rallies, speeches, art and music, and more.

June also features the birthdays of numerous Black American diversity leaders, please see our online diversity calendar.

Jews

Judaism is the #2 most-practiced religion in the United States, so every month it’s essential to recognize your Jewish employees, customers and more. A great way to celebrate is with the birthdays of notable jews. One such date is:

June 12 – Anne Frank birthday – Born in Germany, Frank is because one of the best-known Jewish victims of the Holocaust. She gained fame after death, with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl, in which she journals about her life in hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.

Disabled 

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans – or 19%  – has a disability, whether physical, mental or other. Create greater inclusion by celebrating the accomplishments of the disabled, such as:

June 27 – Helen Keller, birthday – Keller was an American author, lecturer, and political activist. As the first deaf and blind person to earn a college degree, Keller is widely inspiring to the disabled community.

July is just around the corner. Discover 7 key events for next month with our July 2017 Diversity Calendar.

May 2017 Diversity Calendar

May 2017 Diversity Calendar

The month of May brings more than just flowers. It also offers a unique opportunity to increase awareness and celebrate a colorful bouquet of diversity events. Below is a partial list of events from our May 2017 Diversity Calendar.

For a complete list of upcoming diversity events, please see our online diversity calendar.

Older, Jewish and Asian Americans

The month of May has an abundance of monthly diversity themes. These include:
Older Americans Month
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
Jewish American Heritage Month

Another area that’s increasingly receiving recognition as a facet of diversity is mental illness and learning disabilities. With that in mind, May is also Mental Health Awareness Month.

Black Americans

May provides a number of multicultural opportunities to celebrate the accomplishments of Black Americans. Some notable birthdays include:

Malcolm X
Malcolm X

May 19 – Malcolm X – civil rights leader and activist

May 3 – James Brown – the Godfather of Soul, one of the greatest black musicians of all time

Further, May 17 marks the anniversary of the watershed in desegregation, with the landmark court decision Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka (1954).

 

Hispanics Americans

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo – marking the defeat of French invaders by Mexico, this multicultural holidays is celebrated widely by Americans and the Mexican-American community. It’s important to note it’s not a major holiday its country of origin, Mexico.

 

Religious Observances

May 25 – Ascension Day, Christianity: marks the anniversary of the day Christians believe that Jesus rose to heaven.  Christianity is the world’s most-practiced religion.

Ramadan
Ramadan

May 26 (sundown) – Ramadan begins, Islam – this month-long observance includes fasting from sunrise to sunset. It’s one of the most important events in Islam, the world’s second largest religion.

May 30 (sundown) – Shavout, Judaism – also known as the Festival of Weeks, it celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.  Judaism is the second largest religion in the United States.

 

LBGT

Finally, the month of May includes a number of important events in the LGBT community. These include these notable birthdays:

Keith Haring
Keith Haring

May 4 – Keith Harring – one of the most famous and iconic gay artists of the 20th century
May 22 – Harvey Milk – murdered politician, and considered a martyr and icon for the gay rights movement

Our May 2017 Diversity Calendar includes more than 150 diversity events. For great diversity awareness, please see our online diversity calendar for a complete list of upcoming diversity events.

Diversity Heritage Months

 

Diversity Awareness Month

Diversity and inclusion professionals face many challenges, from insufficient budget to C-suite support. But one of the greatest challenges of all is fostering awareness, respect and inclusion on an ongoing, daily basis.

Traditional diversity training can be highly effective and useful. But when given quarterly or annually – or perhaps just for new hires – inclusive concepts and behaviors often fade from memory, especially as time goes on.

In my conversations with diversity and inclusion leaders, one of the best ways to instill ongoing awareness and respect is through the promotion of diversity heritage months.

Over the course of year, there are hundreds of heritage months. Dozens of these are specific to diversity; for a complete list please view our online diversity calendar.

Some of the key diversity heritage months include:

  • African-American History Month – February
  • National Women’s History Month – March
  • Older Americans Month – May
  • Jewish-American Heritage Month – May
  • Pacific-American Heritage – May
  • LGBT Pride Month – June
  • National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month – Sept. 15-Oct. 15
  • Diversity Awareness Month – October Diversity Calendar
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month –
    October
  • National Italian American Heritage Month – October
  • National American Indian Heritage Month – November

There are powerful benefits to celebrating these heritage months in your workplace. First, it helps promote diversity an inclusion on an ongoing basis, throughout the year. Furthermore, heritage months helps recognize individual diversity groups, and specifically celebrate them, rather than simply promoting general diversity awareness.

So how do you celebrate heritage months, and leverage them to create more awareness and inclusion?

Diversity Calendar – first, be sure to offer a diversity calendar throughout you are organization. These calendars are available either online, or printed. Typically, a diversity calendar will feature a specific heritage as its monthly theme.

Employee Newsletters – in your newsletters to employees, be sure to feature these heritage months, as banners or graphics, and link to additional information on the topic.

Email Signature – every month, you’re likely sending thousands of emails. Each email is a great opportunity to foster awareness. In your email signature, include a link to this month’s featured heritage month.

D&I Portal – if your organization has a D&I portal on its website, add a banner celebrating the monthly diversity theme. If your organization does not have a portal, you need to add one…

Employee Events – at company events, you can feature the monthly diversity theme. A popular way to do this is with food recipes that might celebrate a particular culture. Our online diversity calendar features such recipes.

Printed Materials – in your office, have banners, posters and more that also highlight a particular diversity theme. Any piece of paper that is distributed to your employees – from memos to paychecks – provides an opportunity to instill awareness.

Training for diversity and inclusion is essential for a harmonious, productive workplace in the 21st century. And inclusion is most effective when instilled throughout the year, rather than just at on-off trainings.

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