University of Southern Indiana

Diversity Calendar

Knowledge of the following diversity holidays and celebrations can help enhance Pott College's equity, diversity and inclusion efforts.

Help celebrate October by looking at the calendar of diversity holidays and celebrations! 


National Civility Month, a month to remind us to treat others with courtesy and respect. 

August 9: International Day of the World's Indigenous People, an international day to encourage the protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples. 

August 10: Al-Hijri (New Year), the Islamic New Year, a day in the Islamic calendar that is defined as the beginning at sunset. 

August 15: Feast of the Assumption, the feast day Roman Catholics use to celebrate the Virgin Mary being assumed (body and soul) into Heaven. 

August 19: World Humanitarian Day, a global celebration of people helping people. 

August 24: Marlee Martin's Birthday, a day to celebrate Marlee Martin, who was the first hearing-impaired actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor/Actress. 

August 26: Women's Equality Day, a day intended to celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment, allowing women the right to vote.

August 30: Janmashtami, the Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna. 


National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States. 

National Guide Dog Month, the celebration of the work of guide dogs who have helped people with some kind of blindness. 

September 5: Anniversary of Tashunka Witko's Death, an Oglala Sioux, Tashunka Witko, was known as one of the most famous Native American warriors who tragically died in 1877 by a military guard.

September 6: Labor Day, this day honors the contributions that laborers have made to the United States.

September 6-8 (sundown to sundown): Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, celebrating the creation of the world. It is the beginning of the Days of Awe, which ends 10 days later on Yom Kippur. 

September 11: Patriot Day, observed on September 11 each year in memory of the people killed in the September 11 attacks in 2001.

September 15: International Day of Democracy, the United Nations recognizes this day each year to promote and uphold the principles of democracy. 

September 15-16 (sundown to sundown): Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, a day of atonement marked by fasting and ceremonial repentance. The best greeting to give on this day is "Have an easy fast" or "Have a good holy day".

September 16: Mexican Independence Day, a day celebrating Mexico's independence from Spain in 1810.

September 20: Sukkot begins, a weeklong Jewish festival celebrating the sheltering of the Israelites in the wilderness. 

September 21: International Day of Peace

September 22: Autumn Equinox, a day where the sun will pass directly over the Earth's equator, and the day and night will be exactly equal in length. This day plays a key role in many major religions. 

September 24: Native American Day, a Federal holiday observed in several states in celebration of Native American culture. 

September 26: European Day of Languages

September 27: World Tourism Day, 


Bullying Prevention Month, a month long event to prevent bullying and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of breast cancer.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a month to acknowledge domestic violence survivors and be a voice for its victims.

Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a time to celebrate people with Down Syndrome and raise public awareness of these people's abilities and accomplishments. 

Filipino-American, Italian-American, Polish-American Heritage Month

LGBTQ History Month, a month that celebrates and acknowledges LGBTQ icons. 

October 1: Native American Women's Equal Pay Day, a day to raise awareness about the wider-than-average pay gap between Native American women and White men. Native American women are paid 57 cents for every dollar white men are paid.

October 2: International Day of Nonviolence, celebrated on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, it is a day celebrated to bring about non-violence through education and public awareness. 

October 6: Navrati begins, a nine-day festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil. It marks the start of fall for the Hindu religion. 

October 10: World Mental Health Day, a global day for the mental health education, awareness and advocacy of the social stigma of mental health. 

October 11: National Coming Out Day (LGBTQIAA+), an annual awareness day for LGBTQIAA+ to support "coming out of the closet". 

October 11: National Native American Day, celebrated in California and South Dakota the second Monday of October to celebrate the cultures and contributions of many Native American tribes.

October 15: White Cane Safety Day, a day recognizing that white canes enable blind people to travel safely and independently.

October 16: Bosses' Day, a day dedicated to all employers, a way for employees to appreciate their bosses and thank them. This day was created to strengthen the relationship between employers and employees.

October 17: Spirit Day, a day for LGBTQ youth and others to stand against bullying and remember LGBTQ youth who have died by suicide. This day is to increase awareness and acceptance of the struggles of LGBTQ youth. 

October 19: Eid Milad ul-Nabi, the observance of the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. 

October 22: International Stuttering Awareness Day, a day raising awareness to the communication disorder of stuttering. 

October 31: Halloween, observed by many countries on the 31st of October each year. It has evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, and wearing costumes. 

October 31: Dia de los Muertos begins, a Mexican holiday celebrating life and death. 


National Native American, American Indian, and Alaskan Native Heritage Month, a month celebrating the history and contributions of these groups.  

Movember, a month long celebration to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. 

November 4: Diwali, a Hindu holiday consisting of a five-day festival of lights that coincides with harvest and new year celebrations. This festival highlights the triumph of good over evil. 

November 9: World Freedom Day, a day to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe. 

November 11: Veterans Day, a federal holiday honoring military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces. 

November 16: Dutch American Heritage Day, this day celebrates the longstanding friendship of the United States and the Netherlands. The Netherlands recognized the United States as a nation on November 16, 1776. 

November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day honoring all transgender people who have lost their lives in anti-transgender violence. 

November 25: Thanksgiving, a national holiday celebrating a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of harvest. 

November 27: Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha

November 28: Hanukkah begins, a Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and rededication of the Second Temple. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.

November 30: Birthday of Shirley Chisholm, she was the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress in 1968, representing New York's 12th congressional district. She was also the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. 


Universal Human Rights Month

December 1: World AIDS Day, an international day dedicated to raising awareness for the AIDS pandemic and mourning those who died of the disease. 

December 3: International Day for People with Disabilities, an international observance promoting the understanding of disability issues and to increase support for the rights and well-being of people with disabilities. 

December 6: Hanukkah Ends, the Jewish festival lasting 8 days ends at nightfall. 

December 10: International Human Rights Day, an international day supporting the inalienable rights entitled to each human being regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status. 

December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day, a day that commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego in 1531. An important holiday in Mexico and celebrated by Mexican Americans to celebrate their religious and cultural identity. 

December 21: Yule, a Pagan holiday that celebrates the Winter Solstice, which revolves around thanking the gods and goddesses for their blessings. 

December 25: Christmas, celebrated on the 25th of December each year, a Christian holiday that marks the birth of Jesus Christ.

December 26: Kwanzaa begins, an annual celebration of African American culture and a tribute to African festivals of harvest. Its goal is to give Black people a holiday to celebrate themselves and their culture. 

December 31: New Year's Eve, celebrated as the last day of the year according to the Gregorian calendar. 

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