Aggie Allies Workshop

The CVMBS Office for Diversity & Inclusion has arranged virtual Aggie Allies Workshops for the Fall 2021 semester. There is one workshop remaining for this year. Class size is limited to 30 participants and registration is on a first come, first served basis. Workshop will be offered in a virtual format.

Register for the virtual workshop below:

Friday, Dec. 10, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Deadline to Register: Monday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day falls on Dec. 1 of each year. This day is dedicated to spreading awareness of the AIDS pandemic as well as providing an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

International Day of People with Disabilities

Dec. 3 is International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD). Since 1992, the United Nations’ IDPD has been celebrated globally each year to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities (PwD). It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of PwD in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life. Each year the day focuses on a different issue; the theme for 2021 is “Fighting for rights in the post-COVID era.”

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is Dec. 21 and marks the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere). This means days get longer following the solstice—very slowly at first, but at ever-larger daily intervals as the March equinox approaches, heralding the start of spring.

Places within the polar circles experience polar night during all or part of the winter season when the sun does not rise at all. The start of winter and the winter solstice are celebrated in cultures and religions around the world with various traditions, holidays, and festivals.

Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditions from around the world are diverse but share key traits that often involve themes of light, evergreens, and hope. All over the world, Christmas celebrations reflect local culture and traditions. The festivities often vary from country to country, focusing on different aspects of the nativity story.


Kwanzaa is celebrated from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, in 1966. After the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Dr. Karenga searched for ways to bring African Americans together as a community. He founded the Us Organization and started to research African “first fruit” (harvest) celebrations. Dr. Karenga combined aspects of several different harvest celebrations, such as those of the Ashanti and those of the Zulu, to form the basis of Kwanzaa. During the holiday, families and communities organize activities around the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles).