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Communications from UNC's Vice President of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Annually recognized during the month of February since 1976, Black Heritage Month is a time to amplify and bring to the forefront issues experienced in the Black community and educate the community about the contributions to history and society Black people and the Black community have contributed to America. [READ FULL POST]

The Holocaust Remembrance Day serves as a reminder of the dangers of extremism and racism and the importance of speaking out against hate and intolerance. Today, Holocaust education and remembrance efforts help ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust are passed on to future generations. It is important to remember the Holocaust and to learn from the past so that we can work to create a more just and compassionate world. [READ FULL POST]

The 2023 Lunar New Year will begin on January 22 and will mark the Year of the Rabbit until the 15th day signaling the end with the Lantern Festival. The Lunar New Year is a major holiday in East and Southeast Asian cultures, such as China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Korea, and many others. It is a time for families to gather, exchange gifts, and celebrate with traditional foods and customs. [READ FULL POST]

On Monday, January 16, we honor the life, legacy, and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Known for his nonviolent philosophy and active resistance against racial injustice, poverty, and war, Dr. King was a leading advocate for social change during the American Civil Rights Movement in the late 1950’s and 60’s. Drawing upon his Christian faith and the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King shared a message of freedom, equality, justice, and love. [READ FULL POST]

The year draws to a close with the celebrations and holidays at the end of December and ushers in the new year. As we celebrate the Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hannukah, we observe several commonalities, including faith, culture, family gatherings, and food sharing. [READ FULL POST]

Submitted to the United Nations General Assembly by Eleanor Roosevelt with the words “We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind. This declaration may well become the international Magna Carta for all men everywhere.” the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on December 10, 1948. [READ FULL POST]

Transgender Day of Remembrance , which honors the memory of the transgender and non-binary people whose lives were lost due to acts of anti-transgender violence, is observed annually on November 20. [READ FULL POST]

Veterans Day, recognized annually on November 11, is dedicated to celebrating and honoring all who have served in any one of the branches of the United States Armed Forces. The significance of the date refers to the November 11, 1918, signing of an armistice on the ‘11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month’ that ended World War I. In 1954, with the amendment of the Act of 1938, Congress would change the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor American veterans of all wars. [READ FULL POST]

Tuesday, November 8 is Election day and is the time to make your voice heard. The road to voting rights has been a long and hard fought one for many groups in America. While the Constitution allowed white male citizens over the age of 21 the right to vote, many other Americans were denied that same right. [READ FULL POST]

Observed annually during the month of November, Native American Heritage Month celebrates the diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Indigenous people while also raising awareness of the historical challenges, injustices, and persecution they have suffered, and still encounter today. [READ FULL POST]

The University of Northern Colorado’s Veterans Services was created to provide support to the military-affiliated community by assisting in the transition process and providing a stand-alone space with a strong inclusive community. [READ FULL POST]

Halloween is stitched with cultural, religious, and occult traditions, referring to ancient Celtic festivals. It starts with the Celts celebrating the end of the harvest season on October 31, and on November 1, the Celts celebrate their new year, known as Samhain. To commemorate the event, Celts built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. [READ FULL POST]