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Diversity Calendar 2023

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Diversity Calendar 2023

“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Diversity Calendar 2023: in recent years, the world has gained a greater appreciation for diversity. Yet we can always do better. We’ve seen the need for improvement in various eras of history, from the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s to the Black Lives Matter Movement in the 2020s. A peaceful and prosperous society depends upon diversity and inclusion.

Thus businesses and other workplaces are working hard to create diversity, equity, and inclusion programs to ensure all employees are valued. One way to do this is to use a diversity calendar with holiday and cultural events.

Below is a year-long diversity and inclusion calendar for 2023. It includes religious holidays, heritage months, and monthly diversity program themes.

Note: below is a small sampling of diversity events. To enjoy all 100+ events, educational tools and more, see our Diversity Calendar Suite

January DEI Calendar 2023

January 1 – Emancipation Proclamation: President Lincoln declared all individuals held in slavery free on this day in 1863

January 4 – Louis Braille’s birthday: He was a French educator who created a reading and writing system known as “braille” for the visually impaired

January 6 – Feast of the Epiphany: This Christian feast day celebrates the star leading the three wise men to baby Jesus closing the Christmas season

January 15 – Makar Sankranti: Hindu festival dedicated to the god of the sun, Surya

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

January 27 – International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust: a United Nations day that remembers the approximately 6 million Jews and countless members of other minorities murdered during World War II

January 29 – Birthday of Oprah Winfrey: The birthday of the “Queen of Media,” a well-known talk show host and philanthropist. She is also believed to be North America’s first Black female billionaire

Learn more about diversity days in January with our web-based DEI Calendar suite

February Diversity and Inclusion Calendar 2023

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

February 11 – Tammy Baldwin’s Birthday: The birthday of the first openly LGBT woman elected to both houses of Congress

February 14 – Frederick Douglass’ birthday (observed): This day celebrates the birth of abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass

February 15 – Nirvana Day: An annual festival that remembers the death of the Buddha after reaching nirvana; also called Parinirvana

February 15 – Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday: A leader of the women’s suffrage movement, she advocated for abolition, temperance, labor rights, and equal pay for equal work

February 22 – Ash Wednesday: A day of prayer and fasting that begins the Christian season of Lent, a 40-day period of preparation and fasting before Easter

Discover more with our Interfaith Calendar 2023.

March Equality and Diversity Calendar 2023

Women’s History Month: Honors the role of women in American history

March 8 – International Women’s Day: A day highlighting the political, social, cultural, and economic achievements of women

March 8 – Holi: Hindu holiday that celebrates the onset of spring and the triumph of good over evil

March 10 – Harriet Tubman’s birthday (observed): American abolitionist who is well-known for her key role in the Underground Railroad

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day: Feast day of a Catholic saint who inspires cultural and religious celebrations around the world

March 21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: A day that encourages everyone to come together to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination

March 23 to April 20 – key Muslim religious holidays include Ramadan, Islam’s sacred month. During this time Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until dusk

Read more about the days in March to celebrate with our Diversity Calendar 2023.

April Multicultural Calendar 2023

Celebrate Diversity Month: Highlights unique backgrounds, cultures, and traditions

April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day: Raises awareness for those with autism and seeks to improve their lives and acceptance in society – discover more with our Healthcare Calendar 2023

April 5 to April 13 – Passover:  Major Jewish festival that celebrates the freeing of Israeli slaves

April 9 – Easter: An important Christian holiday, which celebrates Jesus’ resurrection

April 22 – Earth Day: Holiday that applauds the planet we live on and all it does for us; Earth Day is observed by more than 192 nations.

Learn more with our April Diversity Calendar 2023

May Diversity and Inclusion Calendar 2023

Mental Health Awareness Month: raises awareness for those living with mental and behavioral issues. This month also seeks to support families or communities who are impacted by mental illness – discover more with our Healthcare Calendar 2023

Older Americans Month: Celebrates how older Americans contribute to the United States

Jewish American Heritage Month: Honors American Jews and their contributions to the United States throughout history

Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month: Commemorates people with Asian and Pacific Island ancestry and their contribution to the United States

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo: Mexican-American holiday that celebrates Mexico’s defeat of the French Army

May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia: This event seeks to raise awareness for the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals

May 19 – Malcolm X’s Birthday: Well-known Muslim minister and civil rights activist, who was assassinated in 1965

May 26 – Buddha’s Birthday: Celebrates the Buddha, who founded one of the world’s most practiced faiths

Discover more with our May Diversity Calendar 2023

June 2023 Diversity Calendar

LGBT Pride Month: Pride Month recognizes LGBT people and the effect they’ve had on the world. June was selected to commemorate the Stonewall Riots. Explore more with our LGBTQ inclusion training at the workplace

Caribbean American Heritage Month: This month recognizes those of Caribbean descent and the impact their accomplishments have had throughout American history

June 2 – Indian Citizenship Act of 1924: This act granted Native Americans born in the U.S. citizenship. However, they were not given the right to vote until 1957

June 11 – Puerto Rican Day Parade: This parade is a demonstration of cultural pride that seeks to raise awareness of issues in the Puerto Rican community

June 12 – Loving Day: This day is the anniversary of the court decision that legalizes interracial marriage

June 19 – Juneteenth: This day commemorates when the last African Americans learned of the Emancipation Proclamation (over two years after it was originally issued)

June 26 to July 1 – the Islamic religious calendar includes the Hajj: This day begins the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims must take once in their lives if they are physically and financially capable

June 27 – Helen Keller’s Birthday: This day celebrates the birth of Helen Keller, an individual who was both blind and deaf. She was a leading humanitarian in the 20th century as well as one of the co-founders of the ACLU

Learn more about the holidays in the month of June with our June Diversity Calendar 2023.

July Equality and Diversity Calendar 2023

July 2 – Thurgood Marshall’s Birthday: The day Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and civil rights activist Thurgood Marshall was born

July 6 – Dalai Lama’s Birthday: The day that Tibet’s leader in exile and Nobel Peace Prize recipient was born

July 6 – Frida Kahlo’s Birthday: A well-known Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo, in the 20th century was born on this day

July 18 – Nelson Mandela’s Birthday: Nelson Mandela served as South Africa’s first black president and was a strong civil rights leader

July 24 – Pioneer Day: This Utah state holiday marks the arrival of LDS church founder Brigham Young to the Salt Lake area

July 26 – Americans with Disabilities Act: This law protects people with disabilities from being discriminated against

July 19 – Hijri New Year: this day marks the start of the Islamic New Year — beginning the prior evening

Visit the 2023 Diversity Calendar to learn more about July’s diversity days.

August DEI 2023

August 4 – Barack Obama’s Birthday: This day marks the birth of the United States’ first Black president

August 9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People: This day was created by the UN to celebrate the culture of indigenous people on a global scale

August 15 – Feast of the Assumption: This Roman Catholic feast day marks the entry of the mother Mary into Heaven (body and soul)

August 18 – Lord Krishna’s Birthday: This day is the birthday of one of the most popular deities in the Hindu faith. Lord Krishna is also known as Janmashtami, and his birthday is celebrated with a festival

August 24 – Marlee Matlin’s Birthday: This day celebrates the birth of Marlee Matlin — the sole hearing-impaired actor to win best actor/actress

August 26 – Women’s Equality Day: This day marks the anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the year 1920

August 31 – Ganesh Chaturthi: This Hindu festival celebrates Lord Ganesha’s birth

Explore more August diversity days with our 2023 Diversity Calendar.

September Equality and Diversity Calendar

September 15 to October 15 – National Hispanic Heritage Month: This month honors Hispanic and Latino Americans for their contributions to U.S. culture

National Recovery Month: This awareness month seeks to educate Americans on treatment and health services for individuals with substance use disorder

September 20 – HeForShe: This movement was started by the UN with the goal of promoting gender equality

September 15 to September 17 – Rosh Hashanah: This holiday is the Jewish New Year when Jews reflect on their faith

September 23 – Autumnal Equinox: This date marks a variety of religious observances across the globe

Learn more about September diversity days with our 2023 Diversity Calendar.

 October Multicultural Calendar 2023

Global Diversity Awareness Month: An awareness month with the goal of promoting respect toward various cultures.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month: This awareness month aims to advocate for individuals with disabilities and their inclusion in the workforce.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths in women; this month seeks to boost awareness of the disease

National Polish American Heritage Month: A month selected to honor those with Polish heritage

October 9 – Indigenous People’s Day: This day honors the indigenous people of the United States; the holiday coincides with Columbus Day

October 10 – World Mental Health Day: A day that advocates for mental health awareness and education; on this day, you can support the efforts by reflecting on your own biases regarding mental health and advocating against social stigma related to it

October 14 – ­Defender of Ukraine Day: This day celebrates those who have fought for the freedom of Ukraine

October 17 – Spirit Day: This day is aimed specifically at LGBTQ youth and what their community can do to support them. You can participate in this day by wearing purple and speaking out against bullying

Explore more about October’s diversity days with our 2023 Diversity Calendar.

November DEI Calendar 2023

National Native American Heritage Month: This month celebrates the contributions — cultures, traditions, histories — of Native people to the United States

Movember: A month-long fundraiser that seeks to raise awareness for men’s issues such as suicide as well as prostate and testicular cancer

November 1 – All Saints’ Day, All Souls Day, Día de Los Muertos: These days are dedicated to all those who have passed away in the Christian faith as well as the Mexican and Aztec communities

November 12 – Diwali: An important celebration in the Hindu faith in which a variety of deities are praised

November 16 – International Day for Tolerance: The UN holiday was founded to encourage respect among various people regardless of culture, language, religion, or ethnicity

November 16 – Dutch American Heritage Day: This day applauds the long friendship between the Netherlands and the United States

November 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance: This day is held as a remembrance for all those murdered because of transphobia

Visit here to read more about November diversity days with our 2023 Diversity Calendar.

 December 2023 Diversity Calendar

December 1 – World AIDS Day: This day highlights the importance of HIV/AIDS awareness and raises money for its cure

December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities: This United Nations holiday raises awareness for the rights of individuals with disabilities

December 10 – International Humans Rights Day: A holiday adopted by the UN in 1948 following the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 16 to December 24 – Las Posadas: A religious festival celebrated in Mexico and parts of the U.S. during the Christmas season

December 7 to December 15 – Hanukkah: A Jewish holiday celebrating Jews rising up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt

December 22 – Winter Solstice/Yule: A festival celebrated by Pagan and Wiccan faiths

December 25 – Christmas: A Christian holiday marking the birth of their lord and savior, Jesus Christ

December 26 to January 1 – Kwanzaa: A 7-day holiday often celebrated by Black Americans that was inspired by African harvest celebrations

Discover more diversity days you can celebrate during the month of December with our 2023 Diversity Calendar.

We hope you’ve found this calendar useful in your quest for DEI. See our Outlook Diversity Calendar to add key religious events to your existing calendar. You can also explore more inclusion opportunities with our Interfaith Calendar 2023.

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