Below you’ll find a small sampling of diversity events – to see all 100+ events this year, see our interactive online DEI Calendar.
Here’s your April 2022 Diversity Calendar, a reminder that diversity isn’t an action…it’s a mindset. Our hope is that you can integrate the following holidays, holy days, and diversity events into your daily life and work to help everyone become more aware of diversity, equity, and inclusion. If you’ve never participated in an equality and diversity calendar previously, April is the perfect month to start. It’s Diversity Month! Let’s get started on what participation looks like.
Celebrate Diversity Month
Did you know that April is diversity month? It was officially designated as diversity month in 2004, and it strives to help people gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of each other and their differences. To celebrate April diversity celebrations, consider new ways you can integrate diversity into your life. This could be considering implicit biases you have or how they impact the judgment of the people around you or asking questions to make connections with others. And help your next business go next level with online diversity and inclusion training!
4/2: World Autism Awareness Day
In 2022, we’ll celebrate the 15th annual World Autism Awareness Day. The goal of this April diversity topic is to recognize people with autism and improve their lives both fully and meaningfully. If you know an autistic individual, you can work to understand them better by addressing them like any other person and taking time to listen to them.
Our April diversity calendar includes Islam’s most sacred month, which starts April 2. During this month, practicing Muslims will observe a strict fast from dawn to dusk. This “fast” includes abstaining from eating, drinking, chewing gum, smoking cigarettes, and engaging in sexual activity. You can understand the practice of Ramadan better by trying this for a day. Be sure to include the pre-fast meal (shur) and post-fast meal (iftar) that Muslims consume. To inspire inclusion of Muslims and others, discover the 5 benefits of diversity training in the workplace.
April multicultural holidays include Passover, a Jewish holiday that commemorates the Biblical story of Exodus. Exodus is when God freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Its main event is the seder, which is a festive meal where the Book of Exodus and related writings are recited in a set order.
Our April multicultural calendar includes Easter, the most significant Christian holy day that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus following his death. If you’re not Christian but want to celebrate this holiday in 2022, learn about the resurrection as told in the Bible, and have an Easter brunch with friends and family.
4/22: Earth Day
April diversity days include Earth Day, established in 1970 as an international day of celebration for the modern environmental movement, which 192 countries celebrate. We suggest selecting one thing you can do for the environment throughout the month of April to help contribute. Focus on your water consumption, waste, or go vegan! There’s so much you can do to save this planet that provides so much for you.
4/21-4/23: Gathering of Nations
April diversity month conclues with Gathering of Nations, a congregation of 500 Native American tribes. These tribes meet to celebrate their traditions and cultures each year in the largest event for North America’s tribes. This year, the event is returning to in-person but requires vaccination, a certified statement from a licensed physician, and a negative test 48 hours prior to entry each day.
And that concludes our April 2022 diversity calendar. Get a head start on next month with our May 2022 diversity calendar. Celebrating diversity days that are unfamiliar to you can be intimidating. However, don’t think of them as something that you have to do perfectly. They are simply an opportunity to engage with communities that you otherwise wouldn’t, and that in itself is a learning experience.