Our October 2018 Diversity Calendar offers a wide array of opportunities for awareness and inclusion, and multicultural holidays that call for respectful scheduling. Here you’ll find 7 key events in October: for a complete list, see our online diversity calendar.
Global Diversity Awareness Month
October is Global Diversity Awareness Month. Global diversity awareness is based an understanding of differing cultural perspectives, and values the diversity of perspectives that come from all places and people. Global diversity awareness is based on operating with greater cross-cultural understanding in an inclusive environment and feel the diversity of our workforce is one of our major strengths as a business.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
One of the key October diversity events, it was created by presidential proclamation in 1988, October has been designated to enhance public awareness of those with disabilities and encourage their full integration into the work force.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized 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.
National Italian American Heritage Month
Every year the president of the United States signs an executive order designating the month of October as National Italian American Heritage Month, in recognition of the many achievements and contributions made to American culture by persons of Italian heritage.
India : Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (Gandhi Jayanti) – October 2
This national holiday honors Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), leader of the Indian resistance to British rule that culminated in the establishment of an independent Indian state in 1947. Honored all over the world as one of the moral heroes and most influential figures of the twentieth century, Gandhi articulated and lived a doctrine of nonviolence, or ahimsa, insisting that those who struggle for justice must respect the sanctity of life.
United States : German American Heritage Day – October 6
This October diversity holiday was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan on October 6, 1983 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the arrival in the American colonies of thirteen German families who established the first German settlement in the New World. Some notable Americans of German descent include Dwight Eisenhower, Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger, Kurt Vonnegut, Sylvia Plath, Fred Astaire, and Lou Gehrig.
Black American : Fannie Lou Hamer – October 6
And finally, our diversity calendar for October 2018 celebrates this inspiring civil rights leader. The daughter of sharecropper parents in the Mississippi Delta, Fannie Lou Hamer became one of the most courageous and inspiring leaders of the civil rights movement. She became involved in the civil rights movement as one of the first Black Americans to register to vote and then as an organizer. Frequently arrested and beaten, she continued her work and inspired followers with her courage, her faith, and her persistence.