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January 2022 Diversity Calendar

Happy New Year! Let’s start the year off right by highlighting some diversity dates you should be aware of in the month of January.

1/1: Emancipation Proclamation

 Today we celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation! On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln declared that all persons held as slaves would be freed. While it’s an exciting day to remember in our country’s history, it’s just as important to remember that not all slaves were freed in the U.S. on this day. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865 (now celebrated as Juneteenth) that slavery was ended across the Confederacy as troops road into Galveston, Texas.

 1/4: Louis Braille’s Birthday

 Louis Braille, a French educator, created a system of reading and writing for those who are visually impaired. Today, the system, known simply as “braille,” is the world’s most popular tactile reading and writing system. It’s largely the same today as it was when Louis Braille created it.

 1/6: Feast of the Epiphany

 This Christian feast day celebrates the relevance of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. It is always celebrated on the 12th day of Christmas, and it commemorates how the star led the three wise men to baby Jesus. Countries around the world will celebrate it by decorating floats and dressing up in costumes as the wise men.

 1/14: Makar Sankranti

 Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival that’s dedicated to the Hindu religious sun god Surya. It is often celebrated with morning prayer followed by kite games and competitions.

 1/20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrates one of the greatest American leaders of the civil rights movement. He was a Baptist minister and activist who helped to advocate for African Americans before he was assassinated. Celebrate this day by educating yourself on Black history or supporting Black-owned businesses and with online diversity training.

 1/27: International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust

 This day was created by the United Nations to remember the approximately 6 million Jewish men, women, and children murdered by the Nazis during World War II. Commemorating the war helps you to develop knowledge and awareness of genocide and war. Consider heading to your local library and picking out a book about the Holocaust on this day.

 1/29 Oprah Winfrey’s Birthday

 Happy Birthday to Oprah! As a famous talk show host, Oprah has been named the “Queen of Media.” Yet, beyond her presence on TV, Oprah is a philanthropist and North America’s first black multibillionaire.

Final thoughts

That wraps up our January Diversity Calendar! Check back in with us for our February 2022 Diversity Calendar. Remaining up to date on diversity days will enrich your life and help you be a lifelong learner.

December 2021 Diversity Calendar

Happy December! You finally made it to the end of the year. Besides looking forward to a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year” here are some of the other important multicultural events and diversity days that you should keep in mind.

12/1: World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day was created to unite everyone in the fight against the HIV epidemic. This month, increase the education and awareness of AIDS in your community. Some of the best ways to do this include:

  • Advocating for safe sex
  • Limiting your number of sexual partners
  • Donating to organizations that offer free testing for HIV/AIDS

12/3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Created by the UN in 1992, this day promotes the dignity, rights, and well-being of people with disabilities. People with disabilities should be able to participate without any barriers — fully, equally, and effectively. One way you can positively contribute to this is by looking around your workplace. Is it accessible to all? If not, how can you help change that? Consider cultural competency training online.

12/10: International Human Rights Day

Every year on December 10th the UN celebrates Human Rights Day. This was instituted following World War II and looked to the US’ Bill of Rights as a model. You can celebrate this on your own by reading the full Universal Declaration of Human Rights online or with online diversity training.

12/16-12/24: Las Posadas

Las Posadas is a religious festival that celebrates events associated with the birth of Jesus. It’s primarily celebrated in Latin America, Mexico, Guatemala, Spain, and some Hispanics in the U.S. The celebration itself consists of a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph traveling to different houses that are designated as “inns.” The procession is followed by musicians, and at the end of each night, everyone gathers for a feast.

12/21: Yule Winter Solstice

The Pagan and Wiccan celebration of the Winter Solstice is known as Yule. It’s one of the oldest winter celebrations of the world as seasons and weather played a crucial part in their lives. This day marked the return of the sun when days would begin to get longer.

12/25: Christmas

Christmas is the Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus who is the Messiah. It is both a sacred religious holiday as well as a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon. While it is a holy day for many, it is also a significant cultural component of many people’s holiday season even if they are not religious.

12/26-1/1: Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a celebration of life inspired by African harvest celebrations. The celebration was created by Maulana Karenga, an American professor of African studies, activist, and author, in 1966. He based it on the traditions from various parts of West and Southeast Africa.

Final thoughts

And that’s a wrap! You’ve just finished reading about all the diversity events in December 2021. If you’re not quite done. Feel free to continue with our complete 2021 Diversity Calendar.

November 2021 Diversity Calendar

Are you hoping to increase your diversity and inclusion efforts either at work or home? Use our November 2021 multicultural calendar! This will help increase your knowledge and guide your planning. The holidays are officially upon us, and there’s far more than Thanksgiving to be aware of. Keep reading for more information!

Native American Heritage Month

This annual celebration focuses on celebrating rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories. You may also hear it referred to as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Either way, it’s viewed as a perfect time to educate the public about various tribes and their important contributions. Depending on where you live, this may be the perfect time to research the native tribes that live near you and how they’ve impacted the history of your state.

Movember

Movember is all about men! This month-long annual event raises awareness of men’s health issues, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. Visit here to learn more about how you can participate.

10/31-11/2: All Saints Day

Also known as All Souls Day or Día de Los Muertos, this Christian holiday honors all the saints of the church that have attained heaven. Those of Mexican and Aztec descendent remember and honor their deceased loved ones with elaborately decorated altars. If you’ve never celebrated this holiday before, research more about the celebrations and try celebrating it yourself.

11/4: Diwali

Diwali is a key Hindu celebration that praises diverse deities in the faith. It’s a five-day Festival of Lights that’s celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains worldwide. Here are a few ways you can celebrate Diwali:

  • Clean your house on or before the first day of the festival
  • Draw footprints to scatter through your home on the first day
  • Shop for new clothes, jewelry, and utensils

11/16: International Day for Tolerance

This holiday was started by the United Nations. It aims to promote respect for diverse religions, languages, cultures, and ethnicities. Education is one of the best ways to counter intolerance and to stop negative stereotyping. In honor of this day, investigate unconscious bias training, so that you can become a more tolerant person in all aspects of your life.

11/16: Dutch American Heritage Day

On this day, the longstanding friendship between the U.S. and the Netherlands is commemorated. The Netherlands was one of the very first countries to recognize the U.S. as being sovereign from Great Britain. Important Dutch American political figures in history include Presidents Martin Van Buren, Warren G. Harding, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

11/20: Transgender Day of Remembrance

This annual observance memorializes those murdered because of transphobia. Some important ways you can support transgender individuals include listening and trusting their experiences, using their language, and practicing active allyship with cultural competency training online.

11/28-12/6: Hanukkah

Hanukkah is the 8-day and 8-night celebration that honors the Jewish triumph over Syrian Greeks. It commemorates Jewish independence, and it’s often called the “Festival of Lights.” If you have any close Jewish friends, ask if you can share one of the nights of celebration with them. It often involves lighting the menorah as well as traditional foods, games, and gifts.

Final thoughts

November is an exciting month with holidays for lots of different people. Explore more ways to celebrate outside of your own bubble and continue to connect with those in your community. You can also get a head start on the rest of the year with our 2021 Diversity Calendar.

October 2021 Diversity Calendar

October diversity calendar: as autumn truly begins, this month welcomes cooler weather and holiday months. Look ahead and discover what October brings, and events to celebrate in your workplace. Let’s get started.

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

Global Diversity Awareness Month

October multicultural holidays begin with this tribute to the diverse minds and beliefs of diverse cultures around the world. Now’s the time to open your mind to the values of various cultures, and strengthen both your understanding and appreciation for diversity in the world. Here are some ideas that can help you become more globally aware throughout the month of October:

  • Ensure that your workplace offers cultural competency training online
  • Find a local organization or venue that works with a cultural group you’re interested in learning about. This may include an advocacy group, religious institution, social club, etc. Make a plan to learn more.
  • Ask respectful and open-ended questions to help learn about other cultures.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Also known as NDEAM, this October diversity month honors the contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplace and economy. This is a great time to educate about disability employment issues in your workplace.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October diversity events include wearing pink! Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise funds for breast cancer research. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in women. You can show support during this month by making a donation to a breast cancer research foundation.

National Polish American Heritage Month

Since 1986, October has served as National Polish American Heritage Month. This October multicultural calendar was originally in August, but changed to aid participation in schools. October also holds significance for Polish-Americans as this is when Polish settlers first arrived in Jamestown, VA.

10/10: World Mental Health Day

October diversity topics include World Mental Health Day which raises awareness of mental health issues around the world. It provides the opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to discuss their work. It also  advocates for what should be done to make mental healthcare a reality for people worldwide.

10/11: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October diversity celebrations include this shout out. You probably grew up hearing this holiday called “Columbus Day.” In 1992, Berkeley, CA became the first city to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day, to honor Native American people, their history and culture. Take a stand on this day by supporting indigenous people’s rights organizations.

10/21: LGBTQ+ Spirit Day

October diversity days include Spirit Day. LGBTQ+ youth face a disproportionate amount of bullying and harassment. Spirit Day was created to demonstrate support for LGBTQ+ youth and to speak out against bullying. Wear purple today to show your support!

Final thoughts

Thus concludes our October diversity calendar. There are always ways to participate more fully in your community or learn something new. Enjoy a year-long overview with our 2021 Diversity Calendar. Or get a head start on next year with our Diversity Calendar 2022.

September 2021 Diversity Calendar

Our September diversity calendar offers an exciting start to your fall festivities. In addition to Labor Day and back-to-school nights, you’ll also find the opportunity to celebrate women, diverse races, and a variety of religions.

Here are some ideas to help incorporate this September multicultural calendar into your workplace this month.

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

9/15-10/15: National Hispanic Heritage Month

This September diversity month is actually celebrated from September 15 to October 15. The date was chosen because it’s the anniversary of when five Latin American countries – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua – declared independence in 1821. Throughout this month, watch films or read books about Hispanic culture. And help foster an inclusive workplace for Hispanics and all races with cultural competency training online.

National Recovery Month

Alcohol and addiction recovery are among our September diversity topics. National Recovery Month seeks to educate Americans regarding substance use treatment and mental health services. Recovery Month also aims to celebrate the gains made by those living in recovery.

9/6-9/9: Rosh Hashanah

September multicultural holidays include Rosh Hashanah, the holiday celebrating the Jewish New Year. It’s seen as a time for reflection on the past year and the year to come. It begins at sunset the previous day, and culminates 10 days later on Yom Kippur. Build inclusion for Judaism and all religions with online diversity training.

9/10: Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi is a highlight of our September diversity celebrations. This 10-day Hindu festival marks the birth of the elephant-headed deity Ganesha. Ganesha is the god of prosperity, wisdom, and new beginnings.

9/22: Autumnal Equinox

September diversity days include the Autumnal Equinox, a time for various religious observances worldwide. During the Autumnal Equinox, the sun passes directly over the Earth’s equator, which means the day and night are exactly equal in length. Going forward, you’ll have shorter days and longer nights in the northern hemisphere.

9/20: Anniversary of HeForShe Formation

HeForShe is included in our September diversity events. It’s a solidarity movement for the advancement of gender equality, created by the United Nations on September 20, 2014. It fosters the idea that gender inequality is an issue that affects all people socially, economically, and politically. This movement seeks to involve men and boys in standing up and taking action against negative gender stereotypes and behaviors.

Final thoughts

That concludes our September 2021 Diversity Calendar, full of diversity events and celebrations! Don’t miss out on an opportunity to read up on a different religion, make a new Hispanic recipe, or tell a woman in your life how important she is to you.

Get a head start on next month with our October 2021 Diversity Calendar or our Diversity and Inclusion Calendar 2021. Or plan ahead for next next year with our 2022 Diversity Calendar

July 2021 Diversity Calendar

In the heat of summer, diversity is a hot topic. And indeed, our July multicultural calendar features several events celebrating important diversity leaders, as well as cultural and religious events.

With our July multicultural calendar, you’ll discover key events to highlight on your workplace calendar this month. Let’s get started!

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

 7/2: Thurgood Marshall’s Birthday

July diversity events include the birthday of Thurgood Marshall, a civil rights activist and the first Black American to serve on the Supreme Court. One of his most famous quotes is, “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” Celebrate Marshall’s achievements by promoting the Black Lives Matter Movement in the Workplace.

7/6: 14th Dalai Lama’s Birthday

The 14th Dalai Lama is the current Dalai Lama and the highest spiritual leader of Tibet. After a failed uprising, the Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959. He was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

7/6: Frida Kahlo’s Birthday

Our July multicultural holidays include the birthday of Frida Kahlo, the beloved Mexican painter. One of the best-known artists of the 20th century, her exploration of diverse topics leaves a lasting legacy. On this day, take time to explore Frida’s life and art.

7/17: The Hajj

July diversity celebrations include the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. A pillar of Islam, this pilgrimage is required of all Muslims once in their lifetime. Muslims believe that it offers a chance to wipe away their past sins and start new in the eyes of God. You can create a more inclusive workplace for Muslims and others with online diversity training.

7/18: Nelson Mandela’s Birthday

July diversity days include the birthday of Nelson Mandela, a civil rights leader and South Africa’s first black president. In 2009, the UN declared this day “Nelson Mandela International Day.” Here is a famous quote by the man himself, “I never lose. I either win or learn.”

7/24: Pioneer Day

July diversity topics include Latter-day Saints. A state holiday in Utah, Pioneer Day marks the arrival of Brigham Young in the Salt Lake area. Young and the first group of Latter-day Saints settled in the area. Pioneer Day is considered a special occasion by many members of the LDS Church, and celebrated with songs, dances, potlucks, and pioneer-related activities.

7/26: Americans with Disabilities Act

Our July diversity month commemorates this day in 1990, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, and requires that certain access and amenities are provided in public places.

Final thoughts

Every month features holidays or diversity events worth celebrating. Get a head start on next month, with our August 2021 Diversity Calendar, or  the rest of the year with our 2021 Diversity Calendar.

Black Lives Matter Movement and the Workplace

On April 20, ex-police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd. As we approach the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s horrific death, it’s time to redouble our efforts to support Black lives matter in the workplace.

Last summer, many of us marched in streets, donated to bail funds or racial justice organizations, adjusted workplace practices, and reached out to friends and family members. Are we still doing that? Are we still consciously working on and rebuilding the broken pieces of our society?

As racial tensions continue, it’s more important than ever that businesses take action alongside their employees. Corporate America has the power to influence change, by supporting Black lives matter in the workplace. In this blog, we’ll discuss 3 ways employers can make Black lives matter in the workplace.

Speak Out and Address What’s Happening

Following Floyd’s death, companies began to issue statements regarding their commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including Black lives matter training for employees. This willingness to speak out and address what was happening in current events marked a turning point. In the past, corporate culture did not always support doing so.

Make sure your company speaks out and acknowledges the ongoing racial injustices in society. Express solidarity with the Black community and demonstrate your commitment to taking concrete steps toward change. If possible, list your goals and steps for the future. Be sure to take a deep dive, include how Blacks are affected by unconscious bias in the workplace.

Create Space to Listen and Learn

As part of the ongoing effort in the workplace, workplaces should foster Black lives matter company policies, to create a space for discussion about racial issues and find ways to give people of color a voice. How this is done can vary depending on the type of company, size of the company, and discretion of the management team. Consider one of the following options…

  • Hosting a town hall on race for employees, guest speakers, and experts
  • Promoting small group discussions
  • Promoting books, films, TED talks, etc will promote discussion

Whatever you decide to do, make sure the responsibility does not fall on members of the Black community within your workplace. They may be feeling overwhelmed with constantly needing to address systematic racism.

Demonstrate Your Commitment to the Cause

Speaking out and creating space to learn are two great steps towards change…but they aren’t change in themselves. To demonstrate their commitment to change in the workplace, employers should identify and implement tangible steps that they can address Black lives matter diversity and inclusion. Ask yourself…

  • How can I understand the racial inequities in my workplace?
  • How can I endeavor to create diverse and inclusive workplaces?
  • How can I establish programs and continually reassess them to ensure they achieve the goals I set?

Taking the time to learn about different perspectives is important, but no change will come unless businesses are willing to adopt initiatives that create real change.

Final Thoughts

First and foremost, the Black lives matter movement in your workplace should foster a culture of respect and support for Black employees. Demonstrating your support for the BLM movement by protesting racism and addressing the horrific presence of police brutality in our society can help foster dialogue in your workplace. Only then can you and your employees work toward tangible changes together.

June 2021 Diversity Calendar

Take a look at our June multicultural calendar below. How many of the events have you heard of or celebrated previously? How many of them are brand-new to you? Make an effort this month to integrate both new and familiar diversity days into your life. That’s part of being a lifelong learner!

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

 LGBT Pride Month

 June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, the highlight of our June diversity month. Each year in June, the LGBT community celebrates in honor of the Stonewall Riots. The Stonewall Riots, also call the Stonewall Uprising, took place on June 28, 1969, when the NYC police raided the Stonewall Inn. This was a gay club located in Greenwich Village, and after it was raided, police roughly hauled employees and patrons from the bar. This incident results in violent protests and clashes in the streets for six days. The event was ultimately a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the U.S. You can create a more inclusive workplace for LGBTQ+ and everyone with online diversity training.

Caribbean American Heritage Month

June multicultural calendar also recognizes the importance of the Caribbean in the history and culture of the United States through Caribbean American Heritage Month. During this time, Caribbean Americans will come together to celebrate their history through shared traditional meals, festivals, parades, concerts, dancing, and more.

6/2: Indian Citizenship Act of 1924

On June 2, 1924, Congress enacted the Indian Citizenship Act, our June diversity events. This granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the United States. However, it’s important to note that some states still barred Native Americans from voting until 1957.

6/12: Loving Day

June diversity celebrations include June 12 is the annual celebration of the Supreme Court decision on Loving v. Virginia. It struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in 16 U.S. states, and this effectively ended bans on interracial marriage.

6/14: Puerto Rican Day Parade

The mission of the Puerto Rican Day Parade is to create awareness and appreciation of Puerto Rican culture and history. June multicultural holidays also helps to highlight the community’s accomplishments and contributions. The annual parade takes place along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. You can also watch it on TV, so check your local listings!

6/19: Juneteenth

June diversity topics includes Juneteenth commemorates the liberation of slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. While President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, it didn’t reach all states or slaves until over two years later. Juneteenth is currently recognized by 47 states and the District of Columbia as a state holiday or observance. Because not everyone acknowledges Juneteenth or knows what it is, make sure you discuss what the celebration means with those around you today and spread awareness in your community! You can help overcome racial bias – and create a truly inclusive workplace – with microaggressions training online.

6/27: Birthday of Helen Keller

Helen Keller was lost her sight and hearing when she fell ill at the age of 19 months. June diversity days After meeting her first teacher and lifelong companion Anne Sullivan, she learned to read and write. Throughout her life, she became a pioneer in advocacy for those with disabilities. Happy Birthday, Helen Keller!

Final thoughts

As far as diversity months go, June is packed full of different diversity days and topics. Make sure you keep your multicultural calendar handy, so you always know what’s coming up.

Find out what you missed last month, with our May 2021 Diversity Calendar. Or get a head start on next month with our July 2021 Diversity Calendar, or the rest of the year, with our 2021 Diversity Calendar

Types of Unconscious Bias

Unconscious bias definition: unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside of their own conscious awareness.

Often when we think about a bias, we think of it as a deliberate and malicious action against someone else. But sometimes biases occur without conscious realization. This can lead to to problems ranging from microaggressions in the workplace, to unintended harassment or racism.

In this blog, you’ll discover some of the different types of unconscious bias examples, so that you can begin to recognize and prevent them in your workplace.

What Are the Different Types of Unconscious Bias?

Affinity Bias

An affinity bias refers to our tendency to gravitate toward people similar to ourselves. If you’ve ever wondered why similar people tend to become friends, it’s because of the affinity bias. We like people who remind us of ourselves or someone we know and like.

Example: If you’re working with an employee who went to the same college or grew up in the same town, you may be more likely to smile or offer encouraging words, compared with an employee with whom you don’t share similarities.

Attribution Bias

Attribution bias contributes to how we assess others and their achievements. When we think of our achievements, we judge ourselves based on our merit and personality. Anything we’ve been awarded, we’ve earned because of our own hard work; anytime we’ve failed, we’ve been adversely impacted by external factors. When we assess others, we often think the opposite. We believe their successes are due to luck, and their failures are due to poor capabilities or personal errors.

Example: When someone cuts a driver off, the individual who was cut off is more likely to attribute their actions to the other driver’s inherent personality traits (i.e. recklessness, rudeness, incompetence) rather than the situational circumstances (i.e. the driver was late to work).

Beauty Bias

Again, the unconscious bias definition is stereotypes formed outside our conscious awareness. While few individuals admit to having a beauty bias, it’s common to notice other people’s appearances and associate it with their personality. Unfortunately, many of us judge others based on their physical attractiveness. This can manifest in many ways, such as seeing a coworker as unprofessional because of their choice of clothing, or attributing a stereotype to someone because of their physical appearance.

Example: CEOs are taller than those in other roles.

Confirmation Bias

Different types of unconscious bias examples include confirmation bias. This is the idea that people search for bits of evidence that back up their opinions, instead of objectively looking at all of the information. Often this causes people to overlook information, focus on factors that fit only their view, or reject evidence that contradicts what they already believe.

Example: A candidate arrives 10 minutes late due to a circumstance outside of their control. Unaware of this, you automatically assume the candidate arrived because disorganization. As a result, when interviewing them you focus on information on his or her resume that backs up your preconceived notion.

Conformity Bias

Conformity bias is related to peer pressure. It occurs when you allow your views to be swayed by those around you because you’re seeking acceptance from a group.

Example: Conformity bias often occurs in recruitment. If most people feel one way about a candidate, but you feel differently, you may feel that you slowly start to align with the group’s opinions and views.

Final thoughts

How many of these different types of unconscious bias examples have you noticed in your workplace? No one is immune to bias, and we all need to find ways to overcome unconscious bias.

See part 2 of this article, with 5 more examples of Unconscious Bias in the Workplace. And help your workplace be more inclusive, with managing unconscious bias training.

April 2021 Diversity Calendar

Our April multicultural calendar brings together a diverse group of days that can help your inclusion efforts blossom this spring. Below you’ll discover a variety of must-know diversity topics, celebrations, and multicultural holidays.

Note: below is a small sampling of diversity events. To enjoy all 100+ events, inclusion tips and more, see our diversity awareness calendar suite

Celebrate Diversity Month

April diversity month is our theme for 2021. Established in 2004, it’s designated as a time to help diverse people gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of each other. Throughout this month, you’ll have the opportunity to gain a greater appreciation for the diversity that surrounds you. Take time to recognize the diversity in your workplace, school, neighborhood or home. One of the ways you can do this is by supporting minority-owned businesses. Or boost inclusion in your workplace by exploring diverse types of diversity training in the workplace.

4/2: World Autism Awareness Day

In 2021, the international community will celebrate the 14th annual World Autism Awareness Day. This April diversity day seeks to recognize people with autism and improve their lives so they can live fully and meaningfully. On this day and throughout the month, educational activities will take place to increase the understanding and acceptance of people with autism. The goal is fostering worldwide support and inspiring a more inclusive world.

4/4: Easter

April diversity events include this major religious holy day. Also called Resurrection Sunday, Easter is a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. It’s one of the two most important holy days in Christianity, the world’s #1 most-practiced religion. For more religious holidays, see our 2021 Interfaith Calendar.

4/8: Buddha’s Birth

Our April multicultural calendar includes the Buddha’s birthday. It’s a holiday for both celebration and reflection for Buddhists. Prince Siddhartha Gautama was first royalty and later became a spiritual leader. He launched Buddhism, which remains one of the most popular religions today. The exact date of Buddha’s birth depends on the calendar you’re looking at. However, the Gregorian calendar always places Buddha’s birth on April 8.

4/12: Ramadan

April multicultural holidays include the first day of Islam’s most sacred month. During Ramadan, Muslims are expected to observe a strict fast from dawn until dusk, which means they’re not allowed to eat, drink, chew gum, smoke cigarettes, or engage in sexual activity. Often, Muslims will eat both a pre-fast meal (shur) and a post-fast meal (iftar) with a snack in between. Help create a more respectful workplace for Muslims and others with online interactive harassment training for employees

4/22: Earth Day

April diversity topics include our home, the Earth! Every year on this day, 192 countries celebrate the modern environmental movement. Earth Day was first established in 1970, and that means we’ve just passed more than 50 years of environmental advocacy. Today, pick one thing that you can do for the environment: go pick up litter in your community, conserve water, or stop consuming meat/dairy for the day.

4/23-24: Gathering of Nations

The Gathering of Nations is considered North America’s biggest “pow wow” for more than 500 Native American tribes. Each year, these tribes meet to celebrate their traditions and cultures. Due to COVID-19, this year’s event will be virtual. You can find out more about the virtual live-streamed event here.

Final thoughts

That concludes our April 2021 Diversity Calendar, an opportunity to engage with diverse communities. Mark these April multicultural holidays on your calendar and take action to remind yourself of the importance of diversity.

Explore next month with our May 2021 Diversity Calendar. Or get a ahead start on the rest of the year, with our 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Calendar

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