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October 2017 Diversity Calendar

by Logan Arlen

The month of October is widely known for the peak of autumn and Halloween. But our October 2017 Diversity Calendar features celebration of inclusion events, including National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Global Diversity Awareness Month, LGBT History Month, and more.

While these are three major diversity events that span the entire month, there are many more important dates in October. To see what diversity events you missed last month look at the September’s 2017 blog post

Check out the full diversity calendar

National Disability Employment Awareness

National Disability Employment Awareness

Declared by Congress in 1988 in order to raise awareness of the contributions and needs of people with disabilities.  “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta when NDEA was established. “Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation.” This sentiment is still true today, now more than ever.

LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month

Another October 2017 diversity month theme is LGBT History Month. A Missouri high-school teacher, Rodney Wilson, first proposed the idea in 1994. Wilson chose October because it’s the anniversary of first and second March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, as well as the month in which National Coming Out Day is honored. LGBT History Month is celebrated in the United States and many countries around the world, but not all of them are in October. View our LGBT training video Anyone Can Be an Ally.

Sukkot

Jewish: Sukkot

Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles, is named after the Sukkah erected and adorned with fruits and vegetables. These symbolize the temporary dwellings farmers lived in during harvest, and the dwellings Israelites lived in during their 40-year journey through the desert. Sukkot is one of the three ‘pilgrimage festivals’ during which Jews must perform a pilgrimage to the holy temple. Each day of the holiday it is required to perform a ceremony in which the Four Species are waved.

Imam W.D. Mohammed

African American/Islam: Imam W.D. Mohammed (born Wallace Dean Muhammad)

Son of the leader of the Nation of Islam, Elijah Muhammad, W.D. succeeded his father and transformed the Nation of Islam to a mainstream Islamic group from a small black separatist organization. W.D. emphasized religious and racial tolerance to his followers and opened his new group to Muslims of all races.

He also disbanded the Nation of Islam’s paramilitary force, renamed temples to “mosques” ministers to “imams”, and abolished the dress code. After several other name changes, Imam settled on the “Muslim American Community” in the 1990s.

United Nations Day

Global Event: United Nations Day

October 24th commemorates the formation of the United Nations in 1945. After the conclusion of World War II, the world banded together to create a council of nations to better the world. Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the term United Nations during WWII to describe the Allied countries at war with the Axis countries. Five of these Allied countries – The United States, United Kingdom, Soviet Union, the Republic of China, and France – became permanent members of the UN’s Security Council, who ratified the charter creating the UN.

Global Diversity Awareness Month

Global Diversity Awareness Month

Our diversity calendar for October 2017 also includes Global Diversity Awareness Month, which promotes open mindedness and celebration of differences. Building an inclusive workplace is key to increasing employee morale and productivity. Inclusion is based on ensuring everyone receives equal treatment, and understanding different cultural perspectives and values. View our global diversity training video Building the Multicultural team.

Be sure to check out next month’s diversity calendar for a preview of November’s events. For a complete list of 2017 events, see our online diversity calendar.

July 2017 Diversity Calendar

 

7 Essential Events

by Logan Arlen

The month of July is packed with a multitude of diversity events from celebrating women to various religions. Here are seven of the most important events from our July 2017 diversity calendar.  For a complete list, see our online diversity calendar.

Black Leaders

July 2017 Diversity Calendar

 

Thurgood Marshall (July 2nd):

July diversity awareness month includes famed Supreme Court justice and civil rights leader, and head of legal services for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). As an advocate of advancing civil rights for all Americans, Marshall used his time on the Supreme Court to move America forward. Marshall’s biggest accomplishment comes from the groundbreaking decision on the 1954 Supreme Court case of Brown vs. Board of Education, which ended racial segregation in public schools.

 

July 2017 Diversity Calendar

 

Nelson Mandela (July 18th):

Former South African President and revolutionary for the anti-apartheid movement. He was  South Africa’s first black president, as well as  the first to be elected in a fully democratic election. Mandela is dear in the hearts of many for his dismantling of the institutionalized racial segregation and discrimination.

Asian/Religious Figures

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama (July 6th):

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tibetan leader and recipient of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize,  celebrates his 82nd birthday as he continues to travel the world spreading his message of peace. Nine years after receiving his title, The Dalai Lama was forced to flee Tibet to India where he has lived as a refugee ever since. His original goal of full independence for Tibet has waned to high level autonomy from China. In recent years, he has stated he wants Tibet to be a part of China, but preserve its script and culture. The Dalai Lama is a sacred figure to many Tibetans, and continues to be their spiritual leader despite his exile.

Celebrating Women, Hispanics

Frida Khahlo

Frida Kahlo (July 6th):

Our July 2017 multicultural calendar also features the birthday for  Frida Kahlo, the renowned Mexican painter. Kahlo began painting self-portraits while recovering from a motor vehicle accident. The Louvre purchased her painting The Frame as its’ first work of a twentieth-century Mexican artist. She is an icon for women, as well as  Mexican and Hispanic heritage.

LGBT Pride

July 2017 Diversity Calendar

Giorgio Armani (July 11th):

Iconic Italian designer Giorgio Armani turns 83. Armani is famous for his menswear, and is a pioneer of red-carpet fashion. Armani has built a fashion empire that generates an annual turnover of $1.6 billion and paved the way for luxury ready-to-wear men’s clothing. Despite being a very private man, he has publicly identified as being bisexual. For LGBT respect and inclusion tips, see our Anyone Can Be an Ally video.

People with Disabilities

Special Olympics

 Special Olympics (July 20th):


Key diversity events for July 2017 include the first ever Special Olympics were held in Chicago on this day in 1968. The games have grown from 1,000 participants from the United States and Canada, to a worldwide event with over 7,500 athletes participating. The competitions are held every two years, alternating between Summer and Winter Games, with the Summer Games held the year before the regular Olympics. These games are source of pride for many disabled people and a testament to how far they have come.

July 2017 Diversity Calendar

 

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (July 26th):

The ADA was signed into law in 1990, granting protection from discrimination to people with disabilities in areas of employment, transportation, and public accommodation. The law affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal. Additionally, the ADA requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations.


Be sure to check out next month’s diversity calendar for a preview of August’s events. For a complete list of 2017 events, see our online diversity calendar.

 

June 2017 Diversity Calendar

June 2017 Diversity Calendar

June is perhaps best known as the advent of summer. But our June 2017 diversity calendar also provides many opportunities to celebrate a colorful rainbow of diversity in your workplace.

Below is a partial list of June 2017 diversity events. For a complete list, please see our interactive online calendar.

LGBT

June is LGBT pride month nationwide, as proclaimed by President Bill Clinton in June, 2000.

Another key LGBT event is:

June 28 – the anniversary of Stonewall Rebellion. On this day in 1969, the LGBT community fought back against police harassment. It’s seen as the first organized LGBT effort in the United States to openly gain equality under the law.

June is an ideal time for LGBT sensitivity training, such as our most popular LGBT video, Anyone Can Be an Ally.

Religion

June 2017 features a number of religious holidays.

Christianity
June 4 – Pentecost – Also known as Whit Sunday, the Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, and thus the birth of the Christian Church.

Other holidays include Trinity All Saints Day, the Feast of Corpus Christy, and the Feast of Sacred Heart. Please check our online diversity calendar for 2017 dates.

Islam
24 – Eid al-Fitr . Beginning at sighting of crescent moon, Eid al Fitr signals the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting and other observances.

Mormon
June 1 – birthday of Brigham Young, founder of the Church of Later Day Saints

Pagan and Wiccan
June 26 – Litha begins at sundown

Black Americans

June 19- Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of all slaves in Texas. It’s a time for celebrations in Black American communities, including rallies, speeches, art and music, and more.

June also features the birthdays of numerous Black American diversity leaders, please see our online diversity calendar.

Jews

Judaism is the #2 most-practiced religion in the United States, so every month it’s essential to recognize your Jewish employees, customers and more. A great way to celebrate is with the birthdays of notable jews. One such date is:

June 12 – Anne Frank birthday – Born in Germany, Frank is because one of the best-known Jewish victims of the Holocaust. She gained fame after death, with the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl, in which she journals about her life in hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II.

Disabled 

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans – or 19%  – has a disability, whether physical, mental or other. Create greater inclusion by celebrating the accomplishments of the disabled, such as:

June 27 – Helen Keller, birthday – Keller was an American author, lecturer, and political activist. As the first deaf and blind person to earn a college degree, Keller is widely inspiring to the disabled community.

July is just around the corner. Discover 7 key events for next month with our July 2017 Diversity Calendar.

 

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