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.

March 2017 Diversity Calendar

March 2017 Diversity Calendar

One of the best ways to foster multicultural awareness and inclusion, on a daily basis, is to promote and celebrate diversity events. Our March 2017 diversity calendar provides ample opportunity to celebrate diversity in gender, race, religion, nationality and more.

Women’s History Month

March provide the best opportunity of the year to give a shout out to almost half of the workforce – women! By 2025, women are expected to make up 47% of the US workforce.

March is Women’s History Month, first proclaimed by congress in 1987, and one of the top diversity heritage months. Women are also noted and celebrated internationally on International Women’s Day, March 8.

Hispanics

March provides a terrific opportunity to salute hispanics, the largest minority group in the United States. In 2016, Hispanics comprised 17.6% of the US population.

A few key events include:
Granting of US citizenship to Puerto Ricans – March 2
Emancipation Day: Puerto Rico – March 22
César Chávez, notable Mexican American, birthday – March 31
Octavio Paz, notable Mexican, birthday – March 31

Black Americans

March is also a great month to note the contributions and importance of black Americans, who comprise 13.2% of our population. March birthdays of key black American notables include–

Ralph Ellison – March 1
Harriet Tubman – March 10
Dorothy I. Height – March 24
Henry O. Flipper – March 26

Another way to be more inclusive of black Americans is to note key holidays in African countries. For example, one of the main countries from which Black Americans originate is Ghana, which celebrates its Independence Day on March 6.

Religious Events

The potential for workplace religious conflict is on the rise. Ours is a nation of remarkable religious diversity, and people increasingly expect respect in the workplace for religious events.

Christianity is the #1 US religion, representing 71% of the US population. It’s essential respect key religious holidays in our March 2017 diversity calendar.

Christian Holidays

Ash Wednesday (beginning of Lent) – March 1
Feast of St. Joseph: Roman Catholic – March 19

Jewish Holidays
Purim begins at sundown: March 11

Hindu Holidays
Holi – March 12

National Heritage Holidays

The month of March 2017 provides many opportunities for  multicultural awareness, and celebrate those from diverse national backgrounds.

Nearly 11% of the US population is of Irish descent – more than 7 times more people than in Ireland! And of course the biggest Irish holiday of the year is St. Patrick’s Day, falling on March 17 in 2017.

Equinox

And last but not least, is the advent of spring on March 20 – 100% of people love spring! The spring equinox triggers celebrations around the world, from Japan to Mexico, from national holidays to religious observances, and more!

Please see our online diversity calendar, for a complete listing of upcoming diversity events in the workplace.

 

 

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