Our May 2021 diversity calendar reveals this month celebrates a variety of different groups in the United States.
From the Jewish community to older Americans to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, our May multicultural calendar provides many opportunities for inclusion. Keep reading to discover more about May diversity events and how you can celebrate them in your workplace.
Note: below is a small sampling of diversity events. To enjoy all 100+ events, inclusion tips and more, see our Diversity Calendar Suite
Mental Health Awareness Month
Our May diversity month includes Mental Health Awareness Month. This month raises awareness of people living with mental or behavioral issues, and seeks to reduce the stigma they experience. To celebrate this month, get informed about stress, develop your support network, and reach out to a friend you think may be struggling. Discover more about mental health and diversity.
Older Americans Month
Seniors are also recognized during our May diversity events. The Administration for Community Living leads the observance of Older Americans Month and celebrates the accomplishments of older citizens. This year’s theme is “Communities of Strength” as older adults have built resilience and strength throughout their lives. If you want to celebrate, connect with or share a meal (COVID-19 permitting) with some older citizens.
Jewish American Heritage Month
Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) is among our May diversity celebrations. This annual recognition celebrates American Jews and their valuable contributions to society. To celebrate this holiday this year, make a new Jewish food, go on a virtual museum tour, or learn a new Hebrew word. For Jewish and other religious observances, see our 2021 Interfaith Calendar.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Our May multicultural calendar pays tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and ensured its future success. Here are some ideas about how you can celebrate this month. And to support the Stop Asian Hate movement, you can create a more inclusive workplace with our microaggressions training online.
5/5: Cinco de Mayo
You’ve likely heard of this holiday before…but do you know what it means? May multicultural holidays include Cinco de Mayo. It’s a celebration of Mexican heritage, and commemorates the date of the Mexican army’s defeat of the French army. It is primarily observed by Mexican Americans, and it may be celebrated by parades, parties, mariachi music, or traditional Mexican foods.
5/17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia
May diversity topics include this event, which aims to coordinate international efforts to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ rights. It is commemorated in more than 132 countries. The date was chosen to honor the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classifications of Diseases of the WHO in 1990. Help reduce LGBTQ+ discrimination and increase inclusion with our LGBT sensitivity training.
5/19: Birthday of Malcolm X
Malcolm X concludes our May diversity days. He was a civil rights leader and prominent figure in the Nation of Islam. He articulated concepts of race pride and Black nationalism in the early 1960s. May 19th is his birthday and an American commemorative event (“Malcolm X Day”).
That concludes our May 2021 diversity calendar, which will keep inclusion at the forefront of your mind all month. It’s important to not only engage with these topics, but to change how you and your co-workers view and interact with others.