Illinois Harassment Laws – 4 Must-Know Details

You may have heard about Illinois Senate Bill 75, the Illinois Workplace Transparency Act, Illinois SB75 or a number of other terms referencing a new Illinois sexual harassment law. Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed this bill into law, mandating annual sexual harassment training for businesses.

Here are four must-know details about the law and how it’ll impact you in 2020 and beyond:

  1. Took Effect January 1, 2020

As of 2020, all employers in  Illinois are required to train their employees. The new Illinois workplace harassment laws require annual training, which must cover the following:

  • What is sexual harassment?
  • What is unlawful sexual harassment?
  • What are the federal and state statutory provisions (including the remedies available to the victims of sexual harassment)?
  • What are the responsibilities of the employers for prevention, investigation, and corrective measures of sexual harassment?

If employers don’t comply with the Illinois workplace bullying law, they will encounter penalties, including fines of up $1,000.

2. Mandates Leave of Absence for Victims

SB 75 Illinois aims to help those who are victims of gender-related violence to seek help as needed. This could apply to victims of domestic, sexual or gender violence and even workplace harassment to take unpaid leave to seek medical assistance, legal, help, safety planning, counseling or any other required assistance. If you ever have need to take time off work for this reason, know that you can do so under this law for your own health and well-being.

3. Prevents Unions from Representing Both Victim and Alleged Harasser

The Illinois harassment training law also looks out for how those involved in workplace harassment cases are represented. It prevents the victim and alleged harasser from being represented by the same body to prevent a conflict of interest.

4. Extends Harassment Protection to Contractors

Previously, the Illinois Human Rights Act only covered employees from harassment and discrimination. Now, under Illinois senate bill 75, independent contractors and consultants will also be protected from sexual harassment in the workplace. Regardless of the level of involvement in the workplace, Illinois sexual harassment law everyone deserves to have the same security against unwanted interactions.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it! Four must-knows about the Illinois harassment laws
that will impact your workplace in 2020 and beyond. Training is essential, so be sure to get sexual harassment prevention training now!

March 2020 Diversity Calendar

March marks the beginning of spring, bringing warmer weather, new growth, and a colorful variety of events celebrating diverse ethnicities, cultures and religions.

Our March 2020 Diversity Calendar commemorates influential individuals and multicultural festivities that make this month diverse and inclusive. Greater respect and inclusion is one of the benefits of diversity training in the workplace.

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March – Women’s History Month

One of the key March diversity celebrations is Women’s History Month, honoring the powerful females that fought for equality, freedom and acceptance.

March 3rd – Hispanic American/Women: Geisha Williams

March diversity topics highlight the accomplishments of women. Geisha Williams is the first Latina woman to run a Fortune 500 company. Immigrating from Cuba over 50 years ago, Williams received an engineering degree at the University of Miami, after which she climbed the ladder to success. She was named one of Fortune’s most powerful women in 2017 and, up until January of 2019, she was the CEO of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

March 6th – Black American/Muslim: Shaquille O’Neal

March diversity month includes the birthday of Shaquille O’Neal. An American NBA superstar, O’Neal revealed in 2010 that he’s a practicing Muslim, as was his step-father. He plans to to partake in the Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. O’Neal played professionally for the NBA for 19 years, before announcing his retirement.

March 9th – Hindu: Holi

One of the most colorful of March multicultural holidays, Holi is a traditional Hindu festival. Referred to as the “Festival of Spring”, it’s celebrated widely in India. This social event marks the beginning of the spring harvest and is a time for forgiveness, friendship, love, and a commemoration of personal and seasonal growth. For more interfaith events, see our religious calendar 2020.

March 10th – Black American: Harriet Tubman

One of the key March diversity days. Born into slavery in the early 1800s, Tubman escaped her captors in 1849 and became one of America’s best-known heroes. She aided hundreds of slaves to freedom through the complex tunnels in the Underground Railroad. She later dedicated her life to aiding former plantation workers and the elderly.

March 14th – Jewish German American: Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist. He created the theory of relativity and received the Nobel Peace Prize for Physics in 1921 for his involvement in the development of quantum theory. His contribution to science is legendary, allowing for generations of education and technological advancements.

March 17th – Irish: St Patrick’s Day

One the more beloved March diversity events, this celebration honors the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Traditionally it’s held on March 17th, the official day of his death. Although a festive occasion for many, St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and is a religious observance within many sects of Christianity and Catholicism.

March 31st – Mexican American: Cesar Chavez

Our March multicultural calendar concludes with Cesar Chavez.  A Latino American civil rights activist, Chavez fought for freedom and equality, and co-founded the “The United Farm Workers (UFW) Union.” His work within the community helped improve the lives of countless union labor workers.

March blossoms with celebrations, commemorating the people who made history and changed the world. Each diverse individual and holiday celebrated in March has shaped history and positively influenced generations that followed. To discover more upcoming diversity events, see our 2020 Diversity Calendar

February 2020 Diversity Calendar

Growing up, you may have loved February for Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day or Presidents’ Day that rewarded you with a day off from work or school.

But our February 2020 Diversity Calendar holds much more than a few nationally recognized days of celebration. It’s a month packed full of opportunities for diversity shouts-out: women, Blacks, Christians, Buddhists, and LGBTQ+, which is essential for diversity training in the workplace. Here are the events you should mark on your calendar in February 2020.

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Black History Month

Get ready to celebrate February diversity month – all month long! Black History Month is part of a greater history of recognition. The theme for 2020 is “African Americans and the Vote.” The observance began in 1915 when historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland started the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. This group sponsored the very first “Negro Week.” It was held in February, coinciding with the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the commemoration was expanded to a full month by President Ford. For more information, visit The Association for the Study of African American Life and History

2/11 –  LGBTQ+: Tammy Baldwin

Our February diversity days include Baldwin’s birthday. In 2012, Baldwin made headlines and history as she became the first openly LGBTQ+ politician elected to the U.S. Congress. She was also the first Wisconsin woman elected to the Senate. In an era when representation matters, she demonstrates to all the importance of diverse voices in government leadership. For more, check out our LGBTQ+ sensitivity training.

2/15 – Buddhist: Nirvana Day

February multicultural celebrations include Nirvana Day, or Parinirvana, an annual Buddhist festival. It commemorates Buddha’s death in 483 BC and his final nirvana. Many Buddhists celebrate Nirvana Day by visiting Buddhist temples or monasteries and meditating. Even if you’re not Buddhist, why not spend the day in reflection? The concept of nirvana speaks to death, rebirth, and spiritual enlightening until one is relieved of all suffering. For more religious holidays, see our 2020 Religious Holidays Calendar.

2/15 – Women: Susan B. Anthony Day

Happy Birthday to Susan B. Anthony – one of the key February diversity events! As one of the most revered women in the women’s suffrage movement, Anthony led the effort that enabled women play an active part in our government today. On this day, remember not only Anthony but the cause she stood for. Encourage those in your community (women or men!) to register to vote in the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election.

2/21 – Black, Women: Barbara Jordan

Our February diversity topics include firsts by Black women. Individuals like Barbara Jordan help us remember how far the U.S. has come in history. She was the first Black woman elected to the Texas State Senate and became known as an eloquent individual during the Watergate impeachment of President Nixon. Her emphasis on local issues illustrates to all of us that we can strive to make change in our communities on the issues that matter to us.

2/26 – Christian: Ash Wednesday

For Christians everywhere, Ash Wednesday is an important day that begins the Easter season. Our February multicultural celebrations include the start of this period: the 40 days (not including Sundays) of “Lenten” that lead up to Easter. You’ll often hear people refer to Ash Wednesday as the start of Lent. It’s customary for Christians to “give up” something during this time to show mourning and repentance for their sins. Why not do the same? Regardless of your belief system, perform random acts of kindness to others on this day. For more religious holidays, see our 2020 Interfaith Calendar.

And that wraps up the calendar for this month! Be sure to keep in mind each of these individuals and events, to reflect on how diversity has contributed to this country and your life. To plan out the coming year, see our 2020 Diversity Calendar

How to Improve Cultural Competence in Healthcare – 7 Tips

Diversity is a factor in every part of our society, and every workplace. But perhaps more than any other business, diversity impacts healthcare. First, not everyone needs every product. But everyone needs healthcare, whether white or of color, US-born or immigrant, English-speaking or not, straight or LGBTQ+, etc.

I am grateful to be partnered with a healthcare professional, Kelly. And she will tell you that for many healthcare customers, a visit to an urgent care or hospital might be one of the most intense days of their life – or perhaps their last. And thus religion is more likely to come into play, whether Christian, Jew, Muslim or atheist.

These factors highlight the importance of cultural diversity in healthcare. Perhaps more than any other industry, healthcare needs diversity training in the workplace.

Cultural Competency Training in Healthcare

A diversity awareness training program for health professionals has a clear objective. The goal is to provide the same standard of care to everyone,  regardless of religion, culture, language, gender identity and more. To do so, you must give your staff the tools they need to understand, effectively communicate, and interact with people across all cultures.

Let’s explore the key steps your healthcare organization can take on how to improve cultural competence in healthcare. Your staff should be educated, armed with resources, and have daily practices that foster a more culturally competent work environment.

Assess your team: Collect REAL (race, ethnicity, and language preference) information from your team to start a plan to include all team members and provide a work environment that fits their needs.

Cultural competence in healthcare training enables staff to be culturally competent. They’re also better prepared to understand the unique needs of other cultures. Through online diversity training, your healthcare professionals can learn and grow the appropriate skills. Other powerful tools include diversity training videos, and live diversity training services.

Evaluate current programs: If you already have diversity training in place, evaluate how effective your current training programs are for your medical staff. If you see gaps in the training, it may be time to look at a custom training. With a custom plan, you can focus on areas where your staff needs help, while celebrating the triumphs your organization has made to become more culturally competent.

Cultural Competence in Healthcare Examples

Dietary considerations: Healthcare staff should be trained in the dietary and religious needs of their patients. Many cultures have special dietary considerations that should be noted. For example, ensure your staff doesn’t offer pork or shellfish to Jewish for Muslim patients.

Religious considerations: If your workplace offers a chaplain, consider adding a rabbi, imam, and spiritual counselors of other religious affiliations to your on-call staff. Have the appropriate type of religious leader available for patients in crisis, and for your staff.

Prayer facilities: Many healthcare facilities are replacing chapels with inter-faith worship spaces to serve the needs of more religious preferences. A non-denominational prayer and meditation room can serve as an inclusive sacred space for staff and patients of all religious backgrounds.

How to Improve Cultural Competence in Healthcare: Daily Practice

Daily practice: Management needs to take an active role in daily building of an accepting and culturally competent workplace setting. Every day presents opportunities for growth, and your management team needs to understand how to teach cultural competence in healthcare.

Diversity calendar: cultural competency training in healthcare includes giving your management team the the tools they need for daily inclusion. A diversity calendar is essential for management and staff for both respectful scheduling and diversity celebrations.

Respectful scheduling: When your management staff is empowered with a diversity calendar, they’re able to respect the scheduling needs of all staff based on their culture. For example, your teams will know not to schedule Jewish healthcare team members during key holiday such as Passover or Rosh Hashanah.

Heritage celebrations: Celebrate the differences between your staff and patients by celebrating heritage. By following a diversity calendar, your staff can plan culturally appropriate celebrations for Black History Month, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and other inter-faith and religious celebrations.

To discover more, learn about the 5 key benefits of diversity training in the workplace


January 2020 Diversity Calendar

January is packed full of opportunities to celebrate influential people who shaped our country into a more accepting society. Bring in the new year by recognizing these great people, and share your pride in your own inclusion journey.

Respectful scheduling – and celebrating inclusion – are among the benefits of diversity training in the workplace. Here are seven events during our January diversity and inclusion calendar:

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1/1 – Emancipation Proclamation
Slaves were granted freedom in 1863

One of the most important January diversity events. January 1, 1863, changed the history of America. With an ongoing Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln gave rights to slaves, and proclaimed that they should be set free. While our country still struggles with race issues today, celebrating this stepping stone toward ending racism helps us connect with each other.

1/8 – Stephen Hawking
Being disabled doesn’t have to stop you from reaching great heights
January diversity topics include people with disabilities. Stephen Hawking showed us that we all have different abilities and strengths, while sharing his great mind with the world. Not only was he a groundbreaking physicist, but his fundraising and research helped create worldwide change in the rights of disabled persons.

1/17 – Muhammad Ali
Celebrate the life of an American Muslim
This January diversity day is an opportunity for religious inclusion. We called him “The Greatest” because it was true both inside the ring and out. Muhammad Ali fought his way to the top in his boxing career and used his influence to fight for the rights of all people. His Islamic duty of charity expanded to help disadvantaged people of every religion, and created a greater understanding of Muslim culture.

1/20 – Martin Luther King Jr Day
National holiday celebrating pioneering leader in civil rights
The top January diversity celebration is Martin Luther King Jr Day, also called Civil Rights Day in some states across the nation, celebrates the life of one of the most influential Civil Rights activists. MLJK Jr paved the way for equality of all people, and inspires people of all backgrounds to work together to this day.

1/25 – Chinese New Year
A three-day celebration ringing in the Year of the Rat
Key January multicultural holidays include Chinese New Year, a time for family, celebration, and new beginnings. Red envelope gifts of “lucky money” are given to children from elders to ward off evil spirits while entering the new year. In this digital age, many who celebrate are sending virtual luck money to family members across the sea. Recognizing Chinese New Year means bringing in luck and letting go of negativity from the last year, something we could all practice more.

1/26 – Ellen Degeneres turns 62
Leading influencer on public attitudes toward LGBTQ+ rights
Another January diversity topic is LGBTQ+ leaders. Ellen DeGeneres has been inspiring people to connect with each other and create a better understanding of LGBTQ+ rights since the late ‘90s. She uses her wide platform of followers to showcase amazing talent from around the world, and connects us all through comedy. Her coming out on television in 1997 sparked a trend of acceptance and empowered others to come out as well.

1/29 – Oprah Winfrey turns 66
Often ranked the world’s most influential woman
Concluding our January diversity month, is the birthday of Oprah Winfrey. She has been inspiring people to reach for their goals for decades. Coming from humble roots and growing up in poverty, she shows us that we all have the power to change our circumstances. She is not just a powerful Black American woman, but a powerhouse of influence to all people.

That concludes our January 2020 Diversity Calendar. To plan out the coming year, see our 2020 Multicultural Calendar

Diversity Calendar: New Features!

Our #1 best-selling Online Diversity Calendar now includes 3 awesome new features, included with subscriptions. These are:

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  2. Language Translation
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This is a popular new feature: all key events on one page, perfect for desktops, D&I pages and printing.

The full Online Diversity Calendar lists every diversity and inclusion event, averaging more than 150 events per month!

The new Month-at-a-Glance feature focuses the most important events,  on one page. It’s perfect for

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You’ll find Month-at-a-Glance on the calendar navigation:

Because you can print and post your own diversity calendar, it’s like having a printed calendar – free – with your subscription.

Language Translation

Language translation is another awesome new feature included with subscriptions. With one click, you can enjoy the Online Diversity Calendar in virtually any language.

This is useful for global organizations, as well as showing respect to growing immigrant populations in many countries.

Dietary Considerations 

One of the most important facets of awareness and inclusions is dietary restrictions. This is particularly true with religions.

The Online Diversity Calendar now lists dietary considerations for the five major religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam. This is essential for respectful inclusion, whether at company events or on-site dining.

You’ll find dietary considerations in the index (see screenshot below), as well as via the dietary considerations icon on all events for major religions.

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2020 Diversity Calendar

Multicultural Holidays, Ethnic Inclusion Calendar

According to a Harvard University study, diversity initiatives don’t work unless awareness and inclusion is a daily practice. Being aware of ethnic holidays is key for respectful scheduling and creating inclusion, 365 days a year.

A multicultural calendar with monthly themes and events is an essential tool for diversity in the workplace training. Here’s our year-long Diversity Calendar for 2020, compiled from our interactive online diversity calendar.

January 2020 Diversity Holidays Calendar

1/1 – Black American: Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves

1/8 – People With Disabilities: Stephen Hawking – Birthday of one of most influential physicists in history, paralyzed most of his life

1/17 – Black American, Muslim: Muhammed Ali -Birthday of activist, one of the most significant and celebrated athletes of 20th century

1/20 – Black American: Martin Luther King, Jr, Day – Birthday of national holiday celebrating civil rights leader

1/25 – Chinese New Year – three-day celebration, starting the Year of the Rat

1/26 – LGBTQ+: Ellen DeGeneres – Birthday of television host, leading influencer on public attitudes toward LGBTQ+ rights

1/29 – Women, Black American: Oprah Winfrey – Birthday of billionaire media pioneer, often ranked the world’s most influential woman

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Multicultural Calendar for February

Black History Month

2/11 – LGBTQ+: Tammy Baldwin – Birthday of first openly LGBT politician elected to the U.S. Congress, and first elected to U.S. Senate

2/15 – Buddhist: Parinirvana or Nirvana Day – commemorates Buddha’s death in 483 BC and his final nirvana – for more religious holidays, see our 2020 Interfaith Calendar

2/15 – Women: Susan B. Anthony – Birthday of leader of women’s rights and the effort to enable women to vote

2/21 – Black: Barbara Jordan – Birthday of first Black woman elected to the Texas State Senate

2/26 – Christian: Ash Wednesday – the start of Lent, prayer and fasting for 40 days until Easter Sunday

March 2020 Ethnic Holidays

Women’s History Month – celebrates the achievements of women

March 1 – Hispanic American/Women: Geisha Williams – Birthday of first female Hispanic CEO of a Fortune 500 company

3/ 6  – Black American/Muslim: Shaquille O’Neal – Birthday of considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time, and a practicing Muslim

3/9 – Hindu: Holi – honors the winter crop harvest, and advent of spring

3/10 – Black American: Harriet Tubman – abolitionist leader on the Underground Railroad, aided slaves in their journey to freedom

3/14 – Jewish German American: Albert Einstein -Birthday of leading theoretical physicist of the 20th century

3/17 – Irish: St Patrick’s Day – Birthday of celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, who brought Christianity to island

3/31 – Mexican American: Cesar Chavez – Birthday of social activist for Mexicans and Mexican Americans, fighting for equality and economic justice

April Multicultural Holiday Calendar

2020 diversity holidays

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4/4 – Black American: Maya Angelou – Birthday of writer, poet and renaissance woman, winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

4/8 – Buddhist: Buddha’s Birth – prince turned monk, who established Buddhism, one of the world’s top religions

4/9 – Jewish: Passover begins – marks the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, begins previous evening with a Seder or meal

4/12 – Christian: Easter – one of the most important holiday days in the world’s largest religion, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus

4/21 – Jewish: Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day

4/21 – Cancer Survivor: David Servan Schreiber – Birthday of given six months to live, he survived cancer for 15 years, as documented in books such as Anticancer: A New Way of Life

4/24 – Islamic: Ramadan – first day of Ramadan, holiest month of the Muslim year; during this month, no water or food may be taken from sunrise to sunset

4/23 – Native American: Gathering of Nations – over 500 tribes gather for three days to honor the culture of Native Americans

2020 Diversity and Inclusion Calendar for May

Mental Health Awareness Month – reaches millions of people in the United States through the media, local events, and screenings

Jewish American Heritage Month – honors the important history of American Jews, and their multifaceted accomplishments

Older Americans Month – honors the contributions of older Americans to society

5/4 – LGBT: Keith Haring – Birthday of artist, created iconic images for AIDS awareness

5/5 – Mexican American: Cinco de Mayo – Birthday of celebrated mostly by Mexican-Americans, honors the Mexican defeat of French army

5/13 – Black American/People With Disabilities : Stevie Wonder – Birthday of one of the most acclaimed and successful musicians of the 20th century, blind since shortly after birth

June Multicultural Calendar

Diversity and Inclusion Calendar 2020LGBT Pride Month

6/1 – Mormon: Brigham Young – Birthday of founder of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as Mormons

6/2 – Native Americans: Indian Citizenship Act of 1924

6/14 – Puerto Rican: Puerto Rican Day Parade – parades are held nationwide to honor the contributions and achievements of Puerto Ricans

6/19 – Black American: Juneteenth – marks the freeing of slaves in Texas, and celebrated by Black communities nationwide

6/25 – Hispanic American: Sonia Sotomayor – Birthday of Supreme Court’s first justice of Hispanic descent

6/27 – People With Disabilities: Helen Keller – Birthday of blind and deaf, Keller spent her life advocating for people with disabilities

July 2020 Diversity Holidays Calendar

7/6 – Tibetan: 14th Dalai Lama – Birthday of exiled head of Tibet, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

7/6  – Women, Mexican: Frida Kahlo – Birthday of painter, one of the best-known artists of the 20th century

7/14 – France: Bastille Day – commemorates the start of the French Revolution in 1789 and the eventual end of monarchical rule

7/14 – Hispanic American: Susan Martinez – Birthday of first Latina governor in the United States, and first woman to be elected governor of New Mexico

7/18 – South African: Nelson Mandela – Birthday of anti-apartheid activist and first black president of South Africa

7/26 – Americans with Disabilities Act – prohibits discrimination based on disabilities

7/28 – Islamic: The Hajj – annual pilgrimage to the Saudi holy city of Mecca, able Muslims must make the journey at least once in their lives

August Ethnic Calendar

8/4 – Black American: Barack Obama – first Black American to assume the presidency, promoted inclusiveness for LGBT Americans, left office in January 2017 with a 60% approval rating

8/8 – Mexican: Emiliano Zapata – Birthday of revolutionary hero, who fostered democracy and economic justice

8/15 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Assumption – honors the Roman Catholics belief in Mary’s ascension to heaven

8/20- Islamic: Al-Hijri (New Year) – starting the previous evening, this begins the new year 1440 based on the Islamic lunar calendar

8/22 – Hindu: Ganesh Chaturthi – celebrated in honor of the elephant-headed God

8/24 – People with Disabilities: Marlee Matlin – Birthday of won the Academy Award for Best Actress, the only deaf performer to win the award

8/25 – Jewish American: Leonard Bernstein – Birthday of composer, conductor and performer, one of the great figures of music in the 20th century

8/26 – Women’s Equality Day

September 2020 Multicultural Holidays

Multicultural Calendar 2020

National Hispanic Heritage Month (9-15 to 10/15)

9/5 – Native American (Oglala Sioux): Tashunka Witko (Crazy Horse)

9/19- Jewish: Rosh Hashanah – beginning at sunset the previous day, this launches the Jewish New Year 5780, and reflection about the past year and year to come

9/22 – Autumnal Equinox

9/25 – People With Disabilities: Christopher Reeve – Birthday of actor turn advocate, paralyzed by fall from a horse, he prompted research on spinal cord injuries

October Diversity Holidays

Global Diversity Awareness Month  – increase awareness and acceptance of diverse cultures

National Disability Employment Awareness Month – promotes awareness of those with disabilities and inspire their full integration into the workplace

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Italian American Heritage Month

10/2 – India : Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (Gandhi Jayanti) – Birthday of honors the leader of the Indian struggle for independence

10/6 – United States: German American Heritage Day

10/6 – Black American: Fannie Lou Hamer – Birthday of civil rights advocate, and one of the first Black Americans to register to vote

10/29 – Islamic : Mawlid (Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday)

November 2020 Multicultural Holidays

Native American Heritage Month

11/1 – LGBTQ+: Tim Cook – Birthday of first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company

10/31-11/2 – Mexico: Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) – rooted in two traditions: the Christian observance of All Saints and All Souls Day, and two Aztec festivals of souls of the dead

11/14 – Hindu: Diwali – one of the most important Hindu festivals, celebrating different gods and goddesses; discover more major religious holidays in 2020

11/16 – Dutch American Heritage Day

11/18 – Hispanic American: Roberto Goizueta – Birthday of first Hispanic Fortune 500

11/20 – LGBTQ+: Transgender Day of Remembrance

11/30 – Black: Shirley Chisholm – Birthday of first Black woman to win election to the United States Congress

2020 Diversity Calendar for December

12/1 – World AIDS Day

12/10-18 – Jewish: Hanukkah – commemorates the Jewish victory over Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C.E., restoring Jewish independence

12/12 – Italian American: Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) – (birthday of) first worldwide pop superstar, with a career lasting more than half a century

12/12 – Mexico: Fiesta de Guadalupe Feast – Mexico’s patron saint

12/21 – Pagan and Wiccan: Yule – begins at sundown

12/25 – Christian: Christmas – marks the birth of the savior Jesus Christ

12/26 – Black: Kwanzaa (12/26-1/1) – a tribute to African festivals of harvest

We hope you’ve enjoyed our year-long diversity calendar. To enjoy daily diversity events, inclusion tips and more, see our Online Diversity Calendar.

October 2019 Diversity Calendar

October heralds the wonderful colors of autumn. That makes October an ideal time to better see – and appreciate – our colorful differences and similarities. Indeed, there are three major October diversity month themes below.

To help you, here are 7 multicultural events in October 2019. These diversity holidays might respectful scheduling – such as Yom Kippur. Others offer an opportunity to give a shout out to diverse groups, ranging from LGBTQ+ to people with disabilities. Check out our Online Diversity Calendar™ to see all upcoming 2019 diversity holidays and get inclusion tips for your employees.

October 2019: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, also called National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the USA, is an annual international health campaign. It’s promoted by major breast cancer charities every October, to increase awareness of the disease, and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

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October 2019 Diversity Calendar

Another October diversity event in 2019 is Global Diversity Awareness Month. Global diversity awareness focuses on understanding differing cultural perspectives, and valuing the diverse perspectives of all people from all places. Fueled by the belief that workforce diversity is a major business advantage, global diversity awareness promotes cultural diversity training and an inclusive global environment.


National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Designate by President Reagan in 1988, this October diversity month seeks to enhance public awareness of those with disabilities, and encourage their full integration into the workforce. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor National Disability Employment Awareness Month webpage.


October 9, 2019 – Jewish : Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

October Multicultural Events

A key October multicultural holiday is Yom Kippur. The ten days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur are known as the Days of Awe or the Days of Repentance. During this time Jews are to remind themselves of their sins, and seek forgiveness for their wrongdoings. Many Jews observe Yom Kippur, the holiest Jewish holiday, by taking no food or water from sundown the day before through sundown the following day. It is also common for Jews not to work the night before or day of Yom Kippur. For more religious holidays, see our 2020 Interfaith Calendar


October 10 – People with Disabilities : World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health. The federation is a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. Every October 10, advocates promote this annual awareness program to bring attention to mental illness, as well as promote workplace wellness training .


October 11 – LGBTQ+ : National Coming Out Day/March on Washington 

The key LGBTQ+ diversity event in October. On this day in 1987, saw the largest gay and lesbian gathering in history, with estimates ranging from 200,000 to 600,000 protestors. The crowd protested anti-gay discrimination, and demanded a stronger government response to the AIDS crisis.


October 27, 2019 – Hindu : Diwali

Diversity Holidays October 2019A major October diversity holiday, Diwali is one of the most important annual festivals in the Hindu religion. Lasting five days, Diwali encompasses a variety of festivals, celebrating various gods and goddesses, and events in their lives. Since Diwali is a ‘festival of lights,’ candles are an appropriate gift.

Get a head start, and check out our November 2019 diversity calendar. Or better yet, discover our Online Diversity Calendar™ to see all upcoming 2019/2020 diversity holidays and get inclusion tips for your employees.

September 2019 Diversity Calendar

September bring autumn, and the leaves of change. So it’s a great time to inspire your people to be more aware and respectful of our differences – and similarities.

Here you’ll find our diversity calendar for September 2019, featuring 7 events and multicultural holidays. Some might impact the workplace, while others are a time to celebrate diverse groups. See our Online Diversity Calendar™ to see all upcoming 2019 diversity holidays and get helpful inclusion tips for your employees.

National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15

Leading our September multicultural calendar is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Launched in 1968 as National Hispanic Heritage Week, the celebration includes September 15 and 16, the independence days for Central American nations and Mexico, respectively. In 1988, the period was expanded to National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Each year the National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers and the Hispanic Foundation select a theme for the month, and commission a poster to reflect that theme. An important part of respecting Hispanics is being aware of communication differences, as explored in this training video on cross cultural communication.

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September 2, 2019 – Hindu : Ganesh Chaturthi

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This Hindu festival is a key diversity holiday in Sept. 2019. It’s celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed god, Ganesha, usually in August or September. The festival generally lasts ten days, and is also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi. For more religious holidays, see our 2020 Interfaith Calendar


September 16 – Mexico : Independence Day (El Día de Independencia)

On September 16, 1810, in the town of Dolores in the province of Guanajuato, a handful of people were summoned by a parish priest to take up arms against the Spanish colonial government. This began the fight for independence that ended 350 years of Spanish rule. Celebrated by people of Mexican origin throughout the world, this is a day when Mexican Americans often hang Mexican flags at their homes.


September 20 – Black American : Ursula Burns

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‘I’m a black lady from the Lower East Side of New York. Not a lot intimidates me. Believe that there are no limitations, no barriers to your success — you will be empowered and you will achieve.’

-Ursula Burns

Diversity events include the birthdays of diversity leaders, such as Ursula M. Burns (September 20, 1958 – ). Burns is an American business executive, and the first black woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company. In 2014, Forbes rated her the 22nd most powerful woman in the world.


September 20 – Women : HeForShe

HeForShe is a solidarity campaign for the advancement of gender equality, initiated by the United Nations. Founded on September 20th, 2014, it’s backed by a number of celebrities, notably actress Emma Watson.

Its goal is to achieve equality by encouraging all genders as agents of change and take action against negative stereotypes and behaviors, faced by people with feminine personalities/genders. Sexual harassment prevention training is key to gender equality.


September 25 – People with Disabilities : Christopher Reeve (1952-2004)

Christopher Reeve was an actor, including starring in the hist Superman, as well as acting in 17 feature films, a dozen TV movies, and more than 150 plays. His career was cut short after an equestrian accident. Reeve landed head first, fracturing the uppermost vertebrae in his spine, instantly paralyzing him from the neck down. After a grueling effort to regain his ability to breathe and speak, Reeve became an advocate for research on healing spinal cord injuries. He became Chairman of the American Paralysis Association and Vice Chairman of the National Organization on Disability. He also became a national spokesperson for and raised funds in support of stem cell research.


September 30, 2019 – Jewish : Rosh Hashanah (New Year) (9/30-10/1)

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Rounding out our September 2019 diversity calendar is Rosh Hashanah. Like most Jewish holidays, it begins at sundown the evening before the first (full) day of the holiday. Rosh Hashanah signifies the beginning of the Days of Awe, a period of serious reflection about the past year and the year to come. This period, which continues until Yom Kippur, is a time for asking forgiveness from both God and other people, and committing oneself to live a better life in the year to come.

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August 4, 2019 – Black American : Barack Obama

“The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith.” -Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II (1961- ) is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He was the first Black American to assume the presidency. Obama promoted inclusiveness for LGBT Americans. His administration filed briefs that urged the Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional (United States v. Windsor and Obergefell v. Hodges). Obama left office in January 2017 with a 60% approval rating and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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August 9, 2019 – United Nations : International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

First proclaimed by the U.N. General Assembly in 1994, this is a day to celebrate the unique cultures of indigenous peoples around the world.


August 10, 2019 – Islamic : The Hajj (8/10-8/14)

The Hajj is the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. All Muslims who are able are required to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. The Hajj is a time for reflection and celebration, when more than two million Muslims from around the world gather together to celebrate their faith. The culmination of the Hajj is the three-day festival of Eid al-Adha (The Feast of Sacrifice), the most important feast of the Muslim calendar.


August 24, 2019 – People with Disabilities : Marlee Matlin

‘It was ability that mattered, not disability, which is a word I’m not crazy about using.’ -Marlee Matlin

Marlee Beth Matlin (born August 24, 1965) is an American actress, author and activist. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Children of a Lesser God, to date the only deaf performer to have won the award. Matlin is a prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf. In recognition of her philanthropic work and her advocacy for the inclusion of people with disabilities, Matlin received the 2016 Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion, given to one individual whose work excels at promoting disability inclusion.


August 26, 2019 – Italian American : Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011)

Lawyer and politician. Ferraro was the first woman and the first Italian American to run on a major party national ticket. In 1984, she ran as Walter Mondale’s vice presidential running mate on the Democratic Party ticket in the presidential election. She served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights under the Clinton Administration. Ferraro was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1994.


August 26, 2019 – United States : Women’s Equality Day

A law passed by Congress in 1974 sets this day aside to mark the certification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The 19th Amendment prohibits discrimination in voting based on gender.


August 31, 2019 – Islamic : Islamic New Year (Hijri)

This begins the first day of Muharram of the new year 1441 based on the Islamic lunar calendar. Recognizing the festival/holiday: any sweet dessert is an appropriate gift. Muslims do not drink alcoholic beverages.

Enjoy a head start on next month, when you view our September 2019 Diversity Calendar. 


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