Communications from UNC's Vice President of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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.
December 02, 2022
Human Rights Day
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.
November 18, 2022
Transgender Day of Remembrance
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.
November 10, 2022
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.