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September Heritage Months and Awareness Months

By: Jessica MousseauDiversity Calendar
September Heritage Months

When it comes to creating a more inclusive workplace for your employees, having a diversity calendar can be a valuable resource. It allows you to learn about important cultural and religious events and celebrate various heritage months as well as awareness months. Here you’ll find some interesting information about September heritage months featured on our Diversity Calendar.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, we honor the Hispanic American population. It is a time to recognize the significant contributions and the positive influence that Hispanic Americans have made on our nation’s history and culture.

Hispanic American Week is also celebrated in September and was first established by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968. The start date of the month, September 15, was chosen as it was the anniversary of the Cry of Dolores, which commemorates the start of the Mexican War of Independence and the independence of the New Spain Colony (currently Mexico and Central American countries, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua).

Throughout this September heritage month, the US Armed Forces, especially the United States Army and United States Navy, acknowledge the positive impact that Hispanics have made in defending their nation.

National Recovery Month

September also marks National Recovery Month in the US, focusing on recovery and its possibility for everyone. Its tagline, “Every Person, Every Family, Every Community,”  aims to inspire hope in how treatment and recovery can lead to healing and thriving post-addiction.

Since 1989, this September awareness month has been dedicated to promoting and supporting any new drug treatment and recovery practices. Use the hashtags #RecoveryMonth, #RecoveryIsForEveryone, or #RecoveryIsPossible in social media posts to raise awareness about the cause.

Healthy Aging Month

Another noteworthy September heritage month in the US is Healthy Aging Month, which encourages proactive approaches to healthy living for everyone, but especially among the aging population. A healthy diet and an active lifestyle help improve one’s health. Regular doctor checkups can help screen for chronic diseases that can be treated early before any serious consequences. For more information on healthy aging, visit the National Institute on Aging.

National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month

First established by the U.S. Senate in 2013, September is designated as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. It aims to raise awareness about the severity of spinal cord injuries and the ongoing need for research,  with the hope of finding a cure for paralysis.

Every year, there are about 17,700 new spinal cord injuries. You can show support during this September awareness month by wearing a lime green ribbon in honor of those affected by spinal cord injuries.

Discover even more interesting diversity holidays, religious holidays, cultural events, and heritage months highlights with our Diversity Calendar 2024 and Interfaith Calendar 2024.

We hope that you have found these highlights from our Diversity Calendar educational in your pursuit of knowledge in all things DEI. Try out the full Online Diversity Calendar for all 1,000+ DEI events, religious holidays, and heritage months.

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