Communications from UNC's Vice President of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
April 21, 2023
Earth Day: Invest in our Planet
The theme for Earth Day 2023, "Invest in our Planet," highlights the importance of dedicating our time, resources, and energy to solving climate change and other environmental issues. Investing in our planet is necessary to protect it and the best way to pave a path towards a prosperous future. The theme also highlights the need for inclusive and equitable solutions to environmental challenges, ensuring that everyone has an equal voice in protecting our planet.
April 04, 2023
Spring and the vernal equinox usher in many religious holidays, observances, and celebrations for persons around the world. For those of both Jewish and Christian faiths, this is a time of significant meaning and faith with the celebrations of Passover and Easter. For other cultures, the vernal equinox represents a new beginning, growth, and shedding of negativity of the previous year.
March 31, 2023
César Chávez Day
César Chávez, a labor rights activist and civil rights leader, dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of farm workers in the United States. His work has left a lasting impact on American society, and his legacy continues to inspire and empower people today. Chávez's legacy has been felt far beyond the fields of California. His work helped to establish a broader movement for social justice, and his message of nonviolent resistance has inspired countless activists around the world. Chávez also fought for environmental justice, recognizing the connection between the health of the land and the health of the people who work on it.
March 27, 2023
Deaf History Month
Introduced in 1997 by The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), National Deaf History Month recognizes the accomplishments of people who are deaf and hard of hearing. In 2022, NAD’s Deaf Culture and History Section (DCHS) and organizations representing marginalized communities, recommended the change in dates of observance to April 1-30 to be inclusive of experiences of BIPOC Deaf People and celebrate all Deaf persons in the US.
March 09, 2023
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
One of the primary goals of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is to reduce stigma and misconceptions surrounding developmental disabilities. Individuals with disabilities often face discrimination and social exclusion due to negative stereotypes and assumptions. National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month seeks to challenge these stereotypes and promote a more inclusive and accepting society for individuals with disabilities. It also provides an opportunity to highlight the achievements and contributions of individuals with disabilities in various fields, from arts and sports to business and politics.
March 07, 2023
The Holy Month of Ramadan
Shortly after we return from Spring vacation, the Holy month of Ramadan will begin in the United States. Expected to begin on the evening of Wednesday, March 22 and end the evening of Thursday, April 20 in the United States, the dates for the month of Ramadan are determined based on the first sighting of the new moon over Mecca, Saudi Arabia according to the Hijrī (Islamic) calendar.
February 28, 2023
Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories
Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories, the 2023 theme for Women’s History Month, recognizes all women active in storytelling and media through any number of formats such as stage, screen, print, television, podcasts, and more.
February 17, 2023
Shrove Tuesday, Lent, Ash Wednesday, Carnival
Mardi Gras, Carnival, Shrove Tuesday, and Ash Wednesday are all important cultural and religious events that are celebrated around the world. These festivals have a rich history and cultural significance and are celebrated in different ways by different communities.
January 30, 2023
Black Heritage Month: Black Resistance
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.
January 20, 2023
2023 Lunar New Year: Year of the Rabbit
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.
January 12, 2023
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.
December 19, 2022
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.