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Diversity Calendar: New Features!

Our #1 best-selling Online Diversity Calendar now includes 3 awesome new features, included with subscriptions. These are:

  1. Month-at-a-Glance
  2. Language Translation
  3. Dietary Considerations 


This is a popular new feature: all key events on one page, perfect for desktops, D&I pages and printing.

The full Online Diversity Calendar lists every diversity and inclusion event, averaging more than 150 events per month!

The new Month-at-a-Glance feature focuses the most important events,  on one page. It’s perfect for

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You’ll find Month-at-a-Glance on the calendar navigation:

Because you can print and post your own diversity calendar, it’s like having a printed calendar – free – with your subscription.

Language Translation

Language translation is another awesome new feature included with subscriptions. With one click, you can enjoy the Online Diversity Calendar in virtually any language.

This is useful for global organizations, as well as showing respect to growing immigrant populations in many countries.

Dietary Considerations 

One of the most important facets of awareness and inclusions is dietary restrictions. This is particularly true with religions.

The Online Diversity Calendar now lists dietary considerations for the five major religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam. This is essential for respectful inclusion, whether at company events or on-site dining.

You’ll find dietary considerations in the index (see screenshot below), as well as via the dietary considerations icon on all events for major religions.

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How to Make Diversity Training Work and Create Effective Inclusion

Harvard University Professor Frank Dobbin published a controversial article in 2016 – Why Diversity Programs Fail – that boldly concluded diversity training generally doesn’t work.

This article shook the confidence of many in the diversity and inclusion profession. Even worse, it came just before an era, when the world needs awareness and inclusion more than ever.

But the good news is, buried in the research – and in other articles like it – is a simple formula on how to make diversity training work.


The Key to Effective Diversity Training: Daily Practice

Diversity Everyday Practice

Dobbin’s research concludes it’s unrealistic to believe an annual two-hour training session – on its own – will improve behavior. It’s more effective for organizations to demonstrate their commitment to diversity, as part of an everyday practice.

Effective diversity training must be part of related efforts, emphasizing anti-bias training throughout the year, wrote Katerina Bezrukova. She’s co-author of a diversity training study in Psychological Bulletin, and an associate professor at the University of Buffalo’s School of Management.

Shane Green, author of Culture Hacker, concludes: “Like all training, bias and diversity training cannot be a once-a-year event that ticks the box for corporate compliance. For training to be effective, the message must be reinforced regularly.”


How: Put Diversity on Your Calendar

Diversity Calendar

Perhaps the best way to make awareness and inclusion part of your daily workplace, is to leverage a calendar. This can be done by getting a diversity calendar – electronic or print – or by adding some key events to your company Outlook.

Here are some ways to use a calendar to instill awareness & inclusion:

1. Monthly Themes – there are dozens of monthly diversity heritage themes throughout the year. These include Black History Month, Women’s History Month, LGBT Pride Month and more. These provide great opportunities to shout out to these diversity groups.

2. Religious Events – most people identify with some religion. Many religious holidays affect the workplace, and require respectful time off from work. These include Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist holidays. In the United States, Christianity is by far the most widely-practiced religion, so be sure to not take Christian holidays for granted.

3. Notable Birthdays – our nation celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. But what about living diversity pioneers, such as Barack Obama (first Black president), Hillary Clinton (first female major-party nominee for US President) Tim Cook (first openly-LGBTQ+ Fortune 500 CEO), Roberto Goizueta (first Hispanic Fortune 500 CEO), etc.

To make diversity and inclusion real, use these calendar events as opportunities for learning about inclusion. If it’s LGBT Pride Month, for example, provide tips on do’s and dont’s with LGBT co-workers and customers.

Students do best when they learn a little bit every day, rather than cramming the night before exams. It’s the same, with how to make diversity training effective and work. A steady stream is the best way to instill awareness and inclusion, avoid the high cost of discrimination and harassment, and profit from our vibrantly diverse society.

What about you? How do you instill awareness and inclusion – on a daily basis?

October 2018 Diversity Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

German American Heritage Day

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

Fannie Lou Hamer

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.

2019 Diversity Holidays Calendar

Diversity holidays and monthly themes are essential for respectful scheduling, and also provide a great opportunity for inclusion, and shout outs to diverse groups. Here’s our 2019 Diversity Calendar, compiled from our year-long interactive online diversity calendar.

According to a study by Harvard University, diversity training usually fails unless awareness and inclusion is a daily practice. So be sure to incorporate these events into your calendar workplace.

January 2019 Diversity Events

1/1 – Black American: Emancipation Proclamation

1/4 – People With Disabilities: – Louis Braille

1/8 -People With Disabilities: Stephen Hawking – paralyzed most of his life, became one of most influential physicists of all time

1/15 – Black American Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

1/26 Ellen DeGeneres – done more to influence Americans’ attitudes about gay rights than any other celebrity or public figure, according to a 2015 poll by Variety. In 2016, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom

1/27 – Jewish: International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

1/29 – Women, Black American: Oprah Winfrey – rank her as the most influential woman in the world, media pioneer, wealthiest black American

February Holidays

Black History Month, every year the Association for the Study of African American Life and History sets a theme for that year’s celebration

2/3 – LGBT: Gertrude Stein, birthday of the most celebrated lesbian author of the early 20th century

2/5 – Chinese New Year – beginning of a three-day celebration launching the Chinese new year 4717 (The Year of the Pig)

2/15 – Hindu: Parinirvana or Nirvana Day – marks the death of Buddha in 483 B.C.E. and commemorates his attainment nirvana

2/15 – Women: Susan B, Anthony – women’s rights activist, leader of the movement to give women the right to vote

2/21 – Black: Barbara Jordan – first Black woman elected to the Texas State Senate

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March 2019 Diversity Calendar

Women’s History Month – honors the accomplishments of women, celebrated in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia

3/6 – Christian: Ash Wednesday – beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of prayer and fasting preceding Easter Sunday

3/10: Black American – Harriet Tubman leading abolitionist, conductor on the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom

3/14: Jewish German American: Albert Einstein – leading theoretical physicist of the 20th century

3/17 – Irish: St Patrick’s Day – honors Ireland’s patron saint, who brought Christianity to Ireland

3/21 – Hindu: Holi – celebrates the coming of spring in India and harvest of winter crop

3/31: Mexican American – Cesar Chavez – social justice activist, combatted poverty and discrimination suffered by Mexicans and Mexican Americans

Get more information on diversity holidays for March 2019

April Multicultural Events

4/4 Maya Angelou – writer and renaissance woman, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor

4/6 – Scottish American: Tartan Day celebrates Scottish Americans role in the founding of the United States, and contributions by people of Scottish ancestry

4/8 Buddhist: Buddha’s Birth – April 8 – founder of Buddhism, the largest religion in Asia, and has also attracted followers in the West

4/19 Jewish: Passover begins – marks the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, begins previous evening with a Seder or meal

4/21 – Christian: Easter – one of the most important holiday days in the world’s largest religion, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus

4/21: Cancer Survivor: David Servan-Schreiber given 6 months to live with brain cancer, he survived 15 years, as documented in books such as Anticancer: A New Way of Life

4/25 Native American: Gathering of Nations – largest powwow in North America, 3-day with more than 500 tribes celebrating Native American culture

May Heritage Months

Jewish American Heritage Month – celebrate rich history of Jewish people in America and contributions they’ve made

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Older Americans Month – presidential proclamation to honor the contributions of older Americans to society

5/4 – LGBT: Keith Harring – his art to supported campaigns for AIDS awareness and created the Keith Haring Foundation

5/5 – Mexican American: Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican defeat of French army, celebrated primarily among Mexican-Americans

5/6 – Islamic: Ramadan – first day of Ramadan, holiest month of the Muslim year. During this month, no water or food may be taken from sunrise to sunset

5/19 – Black American: Malcolm X – human rights activist, founder of Organization of Afro-American Unity

5/27 – Jewish: Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust – date varies – Eight t-day-long observance remembrance of the Holocaust victims

June 2019 Diversity

LGBT Pride Month an International Pride Theme is chosen at the InterPride Annual Conference

6/1 – Mormon: Brigham Young religious leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

6/2 – Native Americans: Granting of citizenship to American Indians

6/9 – Puerto Rican: Puerto Rican Day Parade Major cities have held parades to celebrate the contributions of the Puerto Rican people

6/12 – Jewish Dutch: Anne Frank wrote the most widely read of all personal accounts of the Holocaust

6/19 – Black American: Juneteenth and a time for various celebrations in African American communities commemorates emancipation of slaves in Texas

6/27: People With Disabilities: Helen Keller deaf and blind, she devoted her life to social activism, for people with disabilities

6/28 – LGBT – Stonewall Rebellion – remembers the first organized effort in the United States by gays and lesbians to openly gain equality under the law

July 2019 Inclusion Events


7/2 – Black American: Thurgood Marshall civil rights leader and Supreme Court justice, including 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, which ended racial segregation in public schools

7/6 – Tibetan: 14th Dalai Lama leader in exile of Tibetans, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

7/6 – Woman, Mexican: Frida Kahlo – one of the most iconic painters of the first half of the 20th century

7/14 – France: Bastille Day celebrates the start of the French Revolution in 1789 and the eventual end of monarchical rule

7/18 – South African: Nelson Mandela anti-apartheid activist and first black president of South Africa

7/26 – Americans with Disabilities Act protects people with disabilities from discrimination

7/31 – Jewish American – Milton Friedman one of the most influential economists of the twentieth century

August Multicultural Holidays

8/8 – Mexican: Emiliano Zapata revolutionary leader, devoted to democratic ideals and economic justice for the poor

8/15 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Assumption celebrates the belief by Roman Catholics in Mary’s assumption to heaven

8/9 – Islamic The Hajj Annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, Muslims who are able are required to make the pilgrimage at least once

8/20 – Chinese American: Rose Hum Lee Educator and writer, produced pioneering studies of Chinese-Americans in the United States

8/25 – Jewish American: Leonard Bernstein Conductor, pianist, composer, and teacher: legendary figure in American classical music

8/26 – Women’s Equality Day

8/31 Islamic: Al-Hijra (New Year) 8/31 Begins the new year 1440 based on the Islamic lunar calendar

September 2019 Calendar

National Hispanic Heritage Month (9-15 to 10/15) National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers and the Hispanic Foundation select a theme for the month

9/2 Hindu: Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrate in honour of the elephant-headed God

9/5 – Native American(Oglala Sioux) : Tashunka Witko Crazy Horse

9/29 Jewish: Rosh Hashanah Begins the Jewish New Year 5780, and period of reflection about past year and year to come

9/23 – Autumnal Equinox

9/25 – People With Disabilities: Christopher Reeve Actor, paralyzed by horse fall. an advocate for research on healing spinal cord injuries

October Diversity Month

Global Diversity Awareness Month Promotes understanding of differing cultural perspectives

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Enhance public awareness of people with disabilities and encourage their full integration into the work force

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Italian American Heritage Month

10/2 – India : Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (Gandhi Jayanti) Honors the leader of the Indian struggle for independence

10/6 – United States : German American Heritage Day

106 – Black American: Fannie Lou Hamer Civil rights leader, one one of the first Black Americans to register to vote

10/27 – Hindu: Diwali One of the most important festivals of the year for Hindus, celebrates different gods and goddesses

November 2019 Calendar

Native American Heritage Month

11/2 – Mexico : Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) Rooted in two traditions: the Christian observance of All Saints and All Souls Day, and two Aztec festivals of souls of the dead

11/1 – LGBT+ : Tim Cook First openly-gay Fortune 500 CEO

11/16 – Dutch American Heritage Day

11/18 – Hispanic American: Roberto Goizueta First Hispanic CEO of a Fortune 500 company

11/20 – LGBT : Transgender Day of Remembrance

11/9-11/10 Islamic : Mawlid (Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday)

11/30 – Black American: Shirley Chisholm first Black American woman elected to the U.S. Congress

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December Multicultural Holidays

12/1 – World AIDS Day

12/12 – Italian American: Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) First modern popular  superstar with career spanning more than 50 years

12/12 – Mexico: Fiesta de Guadalupe Feast day of the patron saint of Mexico

12/21 – Pagan and Wiccan : Yule begins at sundown

12/22 – Jewish – Hanukkah (12/22-12/30) Commemorates the Jewish victory over Syrian Greeks in 165 B.C.E., restoring Jewish independence

12/25 – Christian: Christmas Celebrates the birth of Jesus

12/26 – Black: Kwanzaa (12/26-1/1) Inspired by harvest festivals in Africa

Get a head start on next year, when you enjoy our 2020 Diversity Calendar. Also be sure to check out our Inclusive Religious Calendar of Holy Days in 2020.

March 2018 Diversity Calendar


March National Women’s History Month

The highlight of the March 2018 Diversity Calendar is Women’s History Month. This annual theme month honors the accomplishment of women in history and contemporary society. It’s celebrated in March in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, along with International Women’s Day on March 8. In the United States, women’s history week started in 1980, followed by Women’s History Month in 1987.

Hindu: Holi – date varies*

*for the 2018 date of this and other moveable holidays, see our Online Diversity Calendar

Holi Hindu Festival 2018

One of the most colorful diversity events, Holi celebrates the coming of spring throughout India and the new harvest of the winter crop. It is celebrated over two days, with newly harvested grains, coconuts, and sweets are thrown into the fire as offerings. The following day is the festival of colors, a riotous and exuberant celebration of throwing colored powder, as well as dancing, singing, feasting, and more.

Black: Harriet Tubman – March 10Harriet Tubman birthday

Our March 2018 multicultural calendar also features Harriet Tubman. A leading abolitionist, Tubman was known as the conductor on the Underground Railroad, a secret system for helping slaves escape to freedom in the North. An escaped slave, she earned the nickname “Moses” for her heroic work in leading more than 400 slaves to freedom. She died on this date.

Jewish German American: Albert Einstein – March 14
Albert Einstein birthday

The leading theoretical physicist of the twentieth century, Einstein received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. When the Nazi government confiscated his property and deprived him of German citizenship in 1933, Einstein immigrated to the United States, where he became a naturalized citizen and took a post at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Irish: St Patrick’s Day – date varies* St Patrick's Day 2018

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by people of Irish descent all over the world as an expression of pride in their heritage. Ireland’s patron saint, the anniversary of his death is celebrated in Ireland as a national holiday. Green, the color of the day, signifies undying gratitude to the memory of St. Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland. The shamrock is worn to commemorate its use by the saint as a symbol of the Trinity.

Jewish: Passover begins – date varies* Passover 2018

One of the key diversity holidays is Passover. Observed for eight days, it marks the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Moses confronted the Pharaoh in the name of God, demanding freedom for his people. The celebration of Passover, a spring festival commemorating freedom and new life, begins the previous evening with a Seder, a meal during which the story of Passover is read from the Haggadah.

Mexican American: Cesar Chavez – March 31
Cesar Chavez birthday

A labor leader and activist, Chavez was a migrant farm worker who became a nationally respected voice for social justice. He spent his life combating the poverty and discrimination suffered by Mexicans and Mexican Americans, particularly agricultural laborers. In 1962, he began organizing farm workers in a strike against California grape growers for better wages and more humane working conditions.

For a complete list of more than 100 diversity events + inclusion tips, see our online diversity calendar.

February 2018 Diversity Calendar

Opportunities for Awareness and Inclusion, Respectful Scheduling

Our diversity calendar for February 2018 includes many events that require respectful scheduling. The month also offers a colorful array of opportunities to demonstrate awareness and practice inclusion.

Below are 7 key events for February, 2018. Please see our Online Diversity Calendar, to access all 100+ February events, moveable dates, and inclusion tips.

February Theme: Black History Month

Created in 1926, it was originally a week-long celebration of the contributions of African Americans to history. It was honored during the week of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. In recent years, the observance expanded, and the entire month of February is celebrated as African American History Month. The theme is also known as Black History, Black Experience, and Afro-American History Month. Every year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History sets a theme for the month.


Feb. 3- LGBT: Gertrude Stein

February 2018 LGBT Events

A ground-breaking American writer, Stein was the most celebrated lesbian author of the early 20th century. Her Paris home became a salon for the leading artists and writers of the period between World Wars I and II. She lived with her lifelong companion, Alice B. Toklas. Stein named her most famous work, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, after her partner.


Date Varies* – Christian: Ash Wednesday

Christian Events Feb 2018

This marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of prayer and fasting preceding Easter Sunday. It’s observed in memory of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert. Many Roman Catholics and Protestants choose to give up a favorite food or activity during Lent. The placing of ashes on the forehead, in the shape of a cross, is part of the preparation for fasting and resistance to temptation.

*for the 2018 date of this and other moveable holidays, see our Online Diversity Calendar

Date Varies – Hindu: Parinirvana or Nirvana Day

Hindu Events Feb 2018

In the Mahãyãna Buddhist tradition, this day marks the death of Buddha in 483 B.C.E. and commemorates his attainment of final Nirvana. The date is based on the Japanese Buddhist calendar.


Feb. 15 – Women: Susan B Anthony

Women's Diversity Events FebruaryA leading women’s rights activist, Anthony was a leader of the movement to gain women the right to vote. As co- leader of the Women’s Temperance Movement, she secured the first laws in New York State giving women control over their children, property, and wages.


Date Varies – Chinese New Year

Feb 2018 Intercultural CalendarAlso called Spring Festival, this is the beginning of a three-day celebration of the Chinese New Year. The festivities mark the beginning of year 4716 (The Year of the Dog) since the mythical founding of the Chinese people. Celebrations include fireworks, a dragon dance and the beating of drums and cymbals, visits to temples, and prayers for blessings in the new year.


Feb. 21 – Black: Barbara Jordan

Feb 2018 Black Diversity EventsIn 1966, Jordan was the first Black woman elected to the Texas State Senate. She later became the first woman and first African American elected to Congress from Texas. Jordan graduated magna cum laude from Texas Southern University and Boston University Law School.

Those are 7 events from our February 2018 Diversity Calendar. To view all 100+ events, moveable dates, and inclusion tips, please see our Online Diversity Calendar.

August 2017 Diversity Calendar

by Logan Arlen

August is packed with a multitude of events ranging from musical legends Louis Armstrong and Michael Jackson to pillars of Islam. Our 2017 diversity calendar will show you why August is celebrated worldwide as a such a holy month.

Check out the full diversity calendar here

To see what events you missed last month look at the July 2017 blog post


August 2017 Diversity Calendar

Islam : The Hajj

An annual pilgrimage to the most holy city of Islam, Mecca, Saudi Arabia. All Muslims have a religious obligation to make the pilgrimage at least once if they are able. The Hajj is both a time for celebration and reflection on the past year. The height of the holiday comes during the most important feast of the Muslim calendar, a three day long festival called The Feast of Sacrifice. Pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the Five Pillars of Islam along with faith, prayer, charity and fasting.


August 2017 Diversity Calendar

United States : Women’s Equality Day

As of 1971, Congress has designated August 26th the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote without needing to submit to possible conscription. This date has been certified into law as Women’s Equality Day. Each year, the President of the United States proclaims it Women’s Equality Day to commemorate the anniversary. It is important to reflect on how far women have come in America, but there is always more we can do.


August 2017 Diversity Calendar

Hindu : Raksha Bandhan

Otherwise known as Rakhi, this Hindu celebration is mainly observed in India and Nepal. Raksha means “bond of protection” which celebrates the love and duty between brother and sister relationships. During the holiday the brother promises to protect the sister, while giving her a token gift. The sister, to symbolize her love, says a prayer for the brother’s happiness and prosperity while tying a sacred thread (rakhi) onto his wrist.


August 2017 Diversity Calendar

LGBT/Black American: James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Another significant black figure for the month of August is James Baldwin. He was an active participant in the civil rights movement, despite being eschewed by many participants for being gay. Baldwin used his trade as a writer to make racial inequity known. Baldwin used his writing to explore issues of self identity, often delving into issues beyond race such as sexuality. His work has also led to him being an inspirational figure in the the gay rights movement.


August 2017 Diversity Calendar

Jewish American : Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Bernstein gained his fame as a legendary music director for the New York Philharmonic. During his tenure, he created music for some of the most famous plays and musicals ever, including Peter Pan and West Side Story. Music critic Donal Henaha once said he was “one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.” Bernstein was one of the first American-born conductors to receive critical acclaim across the globe.


August 2017 Diversity Calendar

Black American: Louis Armstrong and  Michael Jackson

Both Louis Armstrong “The King of Jazz Trumpet” and the Michael Jackson the “King of Pop” were born during August, on the 4th and 29th respectively. Both of these men left a massive impact on music both artistically and culturally. Michael Jackson has the third most sold albums of all times behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley.  


August 2017 Diversity Calendar

Mexican : Emiliano Zapata (1877-1919)

An essential leader in the Mexican Revolution as the main leader of the peasants against the small landowning class. In the midst of the conflict, Zapata and other peasant leaders formed the Liberation Army of the South of which he became the leader. When revolutionary leader Madero became president he renounced all ties with the Zapatistas. Zapata promulgated the Plan of Ayala, a framework for land reform to the peasants and Indians. Eventually, his conflict with the new government led to his murder in an ambush on this date in 1919.


August 2017 Diversity Calendar

Worldwide Independence Days

There are over 25  different Independence Days celebrated in the month of August the foremost independence days this month include:

• Pakistan gained independence in 1947 the day before the partition of India was to take effect. 

• India commemorates their freedom from British rule with the partition of India, when the British Indian Empire was split among religious lines into Pakistan and India.

• South Korea celebrates The National Liberation Day of Korea alongside North Korea. This day honors Victory over Japan Day (V-J) in which the Korean Peninsula was freed from Japanese rule.

• Indonesia marks their independence when The Proclamation of Indonesian Independence was read, declaring the start of the Indonesian National Revolution.

Be sure to check out next month’s diversity calendar for a preview of September’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.


March 2017 Diversity Calendar


One of the best ways to foster multicultural awareness and inclusion, on a daily basis, is to promote and celebrate diversity events. Our March 2017 diversity calendar provides ample opportunity to celebrate diversity in gender, race, religion, nationality and more.

Women’s History Month

March provide the best opportunity of the year to give a shout out to almost half of the workforce – women! By 2025, women are expected to make up 47% of the US workforce.

March is Women’s History Month, first proclaimed by congress in 1987, and one of the top diversity heritage months. Women are also noted and celebrated internationally on International Women’s Day, March 8.


March provides a terrific opportunity to salute hispanics, the largest minority group in the United States. In 2016, Hispanics comprised 17.6% of the US population.

A few key events include:
Granting of US citizenship to Puerto Ricans – March 2
Emancipation Day: Puerto Rico – March 22
César Chávez, notable Mexican American, birthday – March 31
Octavio Paz, notable Mexican, birthday – March 31

Black Americans

March is also a great month to note the contributions and importance of black Americans, who comprise 13.2% of our population. March birthdays of key black American notables include–

Ralph Ellison – March 1
Harriet Tubman – March 10
Dorothy I. Height – March 24
Henry O. Flipper – March 26

Another way to be more inclusive of black Americans is to note key holidays in African countries. For example, one of the main countries from which Black Americans originate is Ghana, which celebrates its Independence Day on March 6.

Religious Events

The potential for workplace religious conflict is on the rise. Ours is a nation of remarkable religious diversity, and people increasingly expect respect in the workplace for religious events.

Christianity is the #1 US religion, representing 71% of the US population. It’s essential respect key religious holidays in our March 2017 diversity calendar.

Christian Holidays

Ash Wednesday (beginning of Lent) – March 1
Feast of St. Joseph: Roman Catholic – March 19

Jewish Holidays
Purim begins at sundown: March 11

Hindu Holidays
Holi – March 12

National Heritage Holidays

The month of March 2017 provides many opportunities for  multicultural awareness, and celebrate those from diverse national backgrounds.

Nearly 11% of the US population is of Irish descent – more than 7 times more people than in Ireland! And of course the biggest Irish holiday of the year is St. Patrick’s Day, falling on March 17 in 2017.


And last but not least, is the advent of spring on March 20 – 100% of people love spring! The spring equinox triggers celebrations around the world, from Japan to Mexico, from national holidays to religious observances, and more!

Please see our online diversity calendar, for a complete listing of upcoming diversity events in the workplace.



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