Below you’ll find a small sampling of our June diversity events – to see all 100+ events this year, see our interactive online DEI Calendar
June is packed with things to celebrate! In addition to being Pride Month, June also holds Juneteenth, a new federal holiday. Check out more monumental DEI days that you can celebrate through the month, including heritage months, birthdays, and critical anniversaries in history.
LGBT Pride Month
Pride Month has become more recognized in the past few years. It is currently celebrated during the month of June to remember the 1969 Stonewall Riots. To celebrate, hold an LGBTQ inclusion training at work, encourage rainbow clothing, explore our article on 10 Landmark Films About LGBTQ+ Stories to arrange a viewing, and decorate the office with rainbow decorations.
The LGBTQ+ community faces some of the sharpest barriers at the workplace. To succeed in business today, your teams need LGBT training in the workplace, on awareness, communication, respect, and more.
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Caribbean American Heritage Month
Caribbean American Heritage Month recognizes all those of Caribbean descent as well as the contributions they made to American society throughout history. You can celebrate this month by making a traditional Caribbean meal or checking a book out of the library about Caribbean history.
June 2: Indian Citizenship Act of 1924
The Indian Citizenship Act was passed on June 2, 1924. Congress granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S. Unfortunately, this did not grant the right to vote. This right was granted in 1957. Recognize the Indian Citizenship Act today by learning which Native American tribe is in your area.
June 11: Puerto Rican Day Parade
The Puerto Rican Day Parade is a huge celebration of cultural pride for Puerto Ricans in the United States. It seeks to recognize the influence and achievements of individuals from Puerto Rico. Each year, an International Grand Marshall is selected to lead the parade due to their positive contribution to the community.
June 12: Loving Day
On this day in 1967, the Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage. Loving Day is now a global day of visibility, education, and community. It’s often celebrated with backyard BBQs. Invite your neighbors over and celebrate community.
June 19: Juneteenth
Juneteenth is now a federal holiday in the U.S. It commemorates the actual end of slavery in the country. While President Lincoln had declared the end of slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation over two years before, there were still African Americans who had yet to learn of their freedom in Galveston, TX. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that federal troops rode into the city and ensured all slaves were freed.
June 26 to July 1: The Hajj
Key Muslim religious holidays include the Hajj is a pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims must make at least once during their lives if they are physically and financially able.. As it is one of the five pillars of Islam, it is a highly spiritual event. Once people arrive, they are in Mecca for a week and perform a series of rituals where each person walks counter-clockwise seven times around the Kaaba, which is a cube-shaped building. They also perform a series of other rituals.
Celebrate major religious holidays and foster inclusivity and religion at the workplace with our 2023 Interfaith Calendar
June 27: Helen Keller’s Birthday
Happy Birthday, Helen Keller! She was an individual who became both blind and deaf after suffering from a high fever (believed to be either scarlet fever or meningitis). Keller became a leading humanitarian and co-founder of the ACLU.
Everyone can find something to celebrate in the month of June! Whether you decked your office out in rainbow decorations for pride month or you hosted a workshop on how to be a better ally, keep the ball rolling into July.
Check back in for our July Days of Diversity and Inclusion
Which diversity days do you want to learn more about in the months to follow? Get a head start on the rest of the year with our Diversity Calendar 2023