Diversity & Inclusion Events | August 2022

Holidays and Celebrations


Birthday of Barack Obama (Black American): Happy Birthday to the United States’ first Black president!


International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (United Nations): Created by the UN, this day celebrates the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world.


Al-Hijri (Islamic): This holiday marks the start of the New Year in the Muslim faith. It begins the prior evening.


Feast of the Assumption (Roman Catholic): The Feast marks the entry of Mary (mother of Jesus), body and soul, into Heaven.


Birth of Lord Krishna (Hindu): Also called Janmashtami, this day marks the birth of one of the most popular deities in the Hindu faith, celebrated with a great festival.


Birthday of Marlee Matlin (People with Disabilities): Marlee Matlin is the only hearing-impaired actor to win the Oscar for best actor/actress.


Women’s Equality Day: This day commemorates when American women gained the right to vote in 1920.

8/31 /2022

Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu): A festival celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesha, the God of new beginnings and a fresh start.

Diversity & Inclusion Events | July 2022

Holidays and Celebrations


Birthday of Thurgood Marshall (Black American): Marshall is well-known as a civil rights activist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.


Birthday of 14th Dalai Lama (Tibetan): Happy Birthday to a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Tibet’s leader in exile!


Birthday of Frida Kahlo (Women, Mexican): Kahlo is one of the most recognizable painters of the 20th century.


The Hajj (Islamic): An annual pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims must take at least once in their lives.


Birthday of Nelson Mandela (South African):Mandela was a civil rights leader for South Africa and the country’s first Black president.


Pioneer Day (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) observed: Utah’s official holiday marking the arrival of LDS church founder Brigham Young to the Salt Lake area.


Americans with Disabilities Act: This act outlawed discrimination against people with disabilities.

Diversity & Inclusion Events | June 2022

Holidays and Celebrations

Month-long Observances | June 2022

  • LGBT Pride
  • Caribbean American Heritage


Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 (Native Americans): The United States granted the right of citizenship to all Native Americans born in the country. However, the right to vote was not granted until 1957.


Loving Day (Black American): The anniversary of a historic court decision for interracial marriage.


Puerto Rican Day Parade (Puerto Rican): The largest demonstration of cultural pride in the U.S., the parade promotes prominent historical figures and seeks to raise awareness of critical issues in the community.


Juneteenth (Black American): Juneteenth marks the anniversary of when African Americans in Texas, the last state with institutional slavery, learned of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was more than two years after it was initially issued.


Birthday of Helen Keller (People with Disabilities): While known as being both blind and deaf, Keller was one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians and co-founder of the ACLU.

Diversity & Inclusion Events | May 2022

Holidays and Celebrations

Month-long Observances | May 2022

  •  Haitian Heritage Month
  •  Indian Heritage Month
  •  Jewish-American Heritage Month
  •  Mental Health Month
  •  National Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  •  Older Americans Month
  •  South Asian American Heritage Month


Eid al-Fitr (Muslim): Islamic festival that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk each day. It is the first time Muslims can eat during the daylight hours after Ramadan.


Cinco de Mayo: A celebration of Mexican Heritage as it commemorates the date that the Mexican army defeated the French army. You’ll often see it celebrated with parties, parades, traditional Mexican foods, and mariachi music.


Buddha’s Birthday: A significant day of celebration for Buddhists around the world. Prince Siddhartha Gautama is the founder of one of the most popular religions in the world. The festival Vesak celebrates his birth and marks his Enlightenment for some Buddhists.


National Liberation Day (Czech): In the Czech Republic, May 8 is known as Den vítězství (Day of Victory) or Den osvobození (Liberation Day). It commemorates both the Prague Uprising and the liberation of Czechoslovakia by Allied Forces, and is one of the Czech Republic’s public holidays during which all large shops must close.


Mother’s Day (USA): Mother’s Day endures and evolves. Just as Mother’s Day was the creation of multiple women, the modern Mother’s Day celebrates the varied roles of mothers today. We commemorate the many ways mothers have fought to better the lives of their children, from social welfare to non-violence. We also honor the way mothers have raised and nurtured their children with love and courage.


International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (LGBTQ+): May 17th celebrates the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classifications of Diseases of the World Health Organization in 1990. On this day, 132 countries coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBTQ+ rights. You can celebrate by reading up on the terminology so you can talk about the issues confidently in the workplace.


Malcolm X’s Birthday: Happy Birthday to Malcolm X! In the 1960s, Malcolm X was a prominent civil rights leader and figure in the Nation of Islam. He was assassinated in 1965. His birthday is celebrated on May 19th, and it’s known as “Malcolm X Day.”


Memorial Day: The day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. In other words, the purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today.

Diversity & Inclusion Events | April 2022

Holidays and Celebrations

April 2022: Did you know that April is diversity month? It was officially designated as diversity month in 2004 with the goal of helping people gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of each other and their differences. To celebrate April diversity celebrations, consider new ways you can integrate diversity into your life.


World Autism Awareness Day (People with Disabilities): A day that seeks to improve the lives of those who suffer from autism.


Ramadan (Islamic): The first day of Islam’s sacred month in which Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dusk until dawn


Lavender Graduation Celebration

6:00pm – 8:00pm CDT | TAMU Rudder Theater

Lavender Graduation is designed to support an institution’s mission of excellent service, specifically one that embraces, enhances and celebrates the academic achievements of LGBTQ+ students and their allies.


Passover (Jewish): Start of Jewish holiday honoring the emancipation of the Isrealites in ancient Egypt.


Easter (Christian): Most important holy day in the Christian faith, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus following his death.


Earth Day (International): Celebrate the planet we live on, observed internationally in more than 192 countries.

4/21/2022 – 4/23/2022

Gathering of Nations (Native American): More than 500 Native tribes meet and celebrate various traditions and cultures.

Diversity & Inclusion Events | March 2022

Holidays and Celebrations


Ash Wednesday (Christian): A day of prayer and fasting, Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent.


International Women’s Day: This day celebrates the various social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.


Birthday of Harriet Tubman: An abolitionist and activist, Tubman is best known for her role in the Underground Railroad.


St. Patrick’s Day (Irish): The feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held around the world.


Holi (Hindu): This holiday celebrates the winter harvest and the onset of spring.


International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (United Nations): After an incident in which police killed 69 people in South Africa in 1960, the UN created this event to call for the elimination of racial discrimination.

Diversity & Inclusion Events | February 2022

“Juneteenth: The Galveston Story” Screening and Panel Discussion with Producers

Monday, Feb. 21, 2022 | 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CST | Via Zoom

Juneteenth originated in Galveston, Texas. Hear the stories as told by some of the family members of the people who were there in 1865, along with others. Learn what part they played in the shaping of Galveston and Texas history.

This panel discussion will be led by producers Sam Collins ’93 of Wild Lion Production and Sam Addington ’20 of Sam Addington Media Productions. View the documentary trailer to learn more about the film.

Registration closes Saturday, Feb. 19, at 5 p.m.