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January

Day(s)Focus
All MonthPoverty in America Awareness Month
1Global Family Day/World Peace Day
4World Braille Day
19World Religion Day
20Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
23World Freedom Day
25Chinese New Year
26International Customs Day
27International Holocaust Remembrance Day

February

Day(s)Focus
All MonthAmerican History Month
All MonthBlack History Month
All MonthCanadian History Month
8International Women's Day
10University at Buffalo - 45th Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address
12Introduction to Native American Cultural Competency
15Nirvana Day
17Present Day Freedom Seekers and The Power of our Stories
17Poetry Reading by Brandon Williamson
18Black and Blue: Policing Communities of Color
20World Day of Social Justice
26Ash Wednesday

March

Day(s)Focus
All MonthDevelopmental Disabilities Awareness Month
All MonthGreek-American Heritage Month
All MonthGender Equality Month
All MonthIrish-American Heritage Month
All MonthNational Women's History Month
All MonthNational Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month
8International Women's Day
8United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace
9-10Purim
11World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film
21International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21World Down Syndrome Day
21Naw-Ruz (Baha'i New Year)
24International Food Festival
25International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
30National Doctors Day
31Advisor Appreciation Day
31Equal Pay Day

April

Day(s)Focus
All MonthCommunity Service Month
All MonthEarth Month
All MonthAutism Awareness Month
All MonthArab-American Heritage Month
All MonthTartan (Scottish-American) Heritage Month
All MonthCelebrate Diversity Month
2World Autism Awareness Day
7International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda
8“A Nation Divided – The High Cost of Tacit Racism in Everyday Life”
8-16Passover
11National Day of Silence
12Easter
14Arab American Month Event
15Youth Homelessness Matters Day
16NCCC Diversity Dialogues #3
20First Day of Ridvan—Festival of Ridvan
20-21Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)
21Administrative Professionals Day
21Honors Multicultural Trivia Quiz
22Earth Day
28Pacific & Asian American Event
29The Ninth Day of Ridvan

May

Day(s)Focus
All MonthNational Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
All MonthHaitian Heritage Month
All MonthIndian Heritage Month
All MonthJewish-American Heritage Month
All MonthMental Health Month
All MonthSouth Asian Heritage Month
All MonthPersonal History Awareness Month
All MonthSpeech and Hearing Awareness Month
All MonthOlder Americans Month
Week May 9-15, 2021Hospital Week
2The Twelfth Day of Ridvan
5Cinco de Mayo
8Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for those who Lost their Lives during WWII
21World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
22International Day for Biological Diversity
23Declaration of the Bab in Shiraz, Shavuot
24Ramadan Begins
25Memorial Day
29Ascension of Bahau'llah

June

Day(s)Focus
All MonthNational Caribbean American Heritage Month
All MonthAIDS Awareness Month
All MonthLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the historic 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ employees from discrimination in the workplace, giving a major victory to the LGBTQ civil rights movement.
All MonthBlack Music Month
8Race Unity Day
12Loving Day
19Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.

July

Day(s)Focus
All MonthFrench-American Heritage Month
4Filipino-American Friendship Day
9The Martyrdom of the Bab
11World Population Day
24Pioneer Day
26Americans with Disabilities Act Signed "Disability Independence Day." The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
29-30Tisha B'Av

August

Day(s)Focus
All MonthNational Civility Month
9International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is observed on 9 August each year to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection. Learn more.
13International Lefthanders Day
19World Humanitarian Day
23International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition recognized on the 23 of August to pay tribute to all those who fought for freedom and to continue teaching about their story and their values. On the night of 22 to 23 August 1791, men and women, torn from Africa and sold into slavery, revolted against the slave system in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) to obtain freedom and independence. The uprising set forth events that eventually led to the abolition of the slave trade. Learn more.
26Women’s Equality Day celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the United States' Constitution on August 26, 1920, that gave women the right to vote nationally. It honors the hard-fought victory of the women's suffrage movement. Learn more.

September

Day(s)Focus
All Month Sept 15 and ends Oct 15Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

University faculty, staff, and students are invited to a host of virtual events to acknowledge, discuss, and celebrate the contributions of Hispanic Americans.
All MonthNational Guide Dog Month
7Labor Day
11Patriot Day
12National Native American Day
15International Day of Democracy
16Mexican Independence Day
18–20Rosh Hashanah
21International Day of Peace
26European Languages Day
27–28Yom Kippur
27World Tourism Day

October

Day(s)Focus
All MonthUM Campus Disability Awareness Month
All MonthBullying Prevention Month
All MonthDomestic Violence Awareness Month
All MonthDown Syndrome Awareness Month
All MonthFamily History Month
All MonthFilipino-American Heritage Month
All MonthItalian-American Heritage Month
All MonthLGBT History Month
All MonthNational Disability Employment Awareness Month
All MonthNational German Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
All MonthNational Work and Family Month
All MonthPolish-American Heritage Month
Week Oct 5-9 Mental Illness Awareness Week
2International Day of Non-Violence
2-9Sukkot
6German American Heritage Day
10World Mental Health Day
11National Coming Out Day
15White Cane Safety Day
16Spirit Day–Anti Bullying
17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18Women in Military Service for America Memorial Anniversary
19World Humanitarian Action Day
19Multicultural Diversity Day
20Birth of the Bab in Shiraz
22International Stuttering Awareness Day

November

Day(s)Focus
All MonthNational Native American Heritage Month. What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. Learn more.
All MonthNational American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
11Veterans Day/Armistice Day
12Birth of Baha'u'llah
13World Kindness Day
16International Day for Tolerance
17International Students' Day
20Transgender Day of Remembrance

December

Day(s)Focus
All MonthUniversal Human Rights Month
1World AIDS Day
3International Day for People with Disability
10International Human Rights Day
10-18Hanukkah
20International Human Solidarity Day
25Christmas
26-1Kwanzaa
John Strong

John Strong
Chief Diversity and Equity Officer
Phone: 716-614-5900
Email: jstrong@niagaracc.suny.edu
Location: H-162

Read Officer Strong’s biography