HR's Workplace, Equity, and Inclusion (WEI) Office invite the University community to broaden their awareness of significant diversity and inclusion dates and milestones.

The University of Miami is committed to promoting a culture of belonging, where everyone feels valued and can add value. The University's DIRECCT Values, reminds us Diversity, inclusion, and equity are the foundation for empowering people so everyone may realize their full capabilities.

If you have any questions or recommendations on the dates below, email


Day(s) Focus
All Month Poverty in America Awareness Month
1 Global Family Day/World Peace Day
4 World Braille Day
18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. 
19 World Religion Day
23 World Freedom Day
26 International Customs Day
27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day
First new moon of the lunar calendar  Lunar New Year
Second new moon following the winter solstice Chinese New Year

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Day(s) Focus
All Month American History Month
All Month Black History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend events and join enriching conversations throughout February to honor and celebrate Black History Month. Learn more about upcoming events and find details to register
All Month Canadian History Month
15 Nirvana Day
20 World Day of Social Justice
26 Ash Wednesday

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

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All Month UM Campus Pride Month
All Month Community Service Month
All Month Earth Month
All Month Autism Awareness Month
All Month Arab-American Heritage Month
All Month Tartan (Scottish-American) Heritage Month
All Month Celebrate Diversity Month
2 World Autism Awareness Day
4 Easter
7 International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda
8–16 Passover
11 National Day of Silence
12 Ramadan Begins
15 Youth Homelessness Matters Day
19 First Day of Ridvan—Festival of Ridvan
20–21 Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)
21 Administrative Professionals Day
22 Earth Day
27 The Ninth Day of Ridvan

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Day(s) Focus
All Month

National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. 

All Month Haitian Heritage Month
All Month Jewish-American Heritage Month
All Month Mental Health Month
All Month South Asian Heritage Month
All Month Personal History Awareness Month
All Month Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
All Month Older Americans Month
Week May 9-15, 2021 Hospital Week
1 The Twelfth Day of Ridvan
5 Cinco de Mayo
8 Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for those who Lost their Lives during WWII
12 Ramadan Ends
21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
22 International Day for Biological Diversity
23 Declaration of the Bab in Shiraz, Shavuot
25 Memorial Day
27 Ascension of Bahau'llah

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Day(s) Focus
All Month National Caribbean American Heritage Month
All Month AIDS Awareness Month
All Month

Lesbian, 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. 

Stonewall Museum, Ft. Lauderdale: Click here to visit their virtual exhibitions. RSVP to their virtual events. 

Smithsonian Institute: Click here to explore exhibitions, articles, and register to attend free virtual events.

If you haven’t already, take a moment to visit the University of Miami’s LGBTQ Student Center. The Center provides a holistic approach to educating and creating awareness around issues of gender, sexuality, and identity using restorative practices that transform the lives of our students and the greater Miami community. Everyone is welcomed!

  • Pulse 5 Years After, A Remembrance - Thursday, June 3, 2021, 3:30 p.m.
    • This service will honor the lives of those lost on June 12, 2016, at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida. This hate crime took the life of 49 people at LGBTQ Club on Latin night. We will remember with music, prayer, and rituals. The service will be in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation. Click here to RSVP.
  • The University of Miami Pride Celebration - Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 6:00 p.m.
    • This event is in collaboration between various organizations across our university and the broader Miami community. Click here to RSVP


Tap into LGBTQ+ resources and opportunities. Learn more.

All Month Black Music Month
8 Race Unity Day
12 Loving Day
12 Women Veterans Day also referred to as Women Veterans Recognition Day and Women Veterans Appreciation Day, is the anniversary of the day the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman on June 12, 1948. Prior to then, only women nurses could serve in the regular and reserve forces during peacetime.
19 Juneteenth 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.

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Day(s) Focus
All Month French-American Heritage Month
4 Filipino-American Friendship Day
9 The Martyrdom of the Bab
11 World Population Day
17 Tisha B'Av
24 Pioneer Day
26 Americans 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.

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Day(s) Focus
All Month National Civility Month
9 International 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. 
13 International Lefthanders Day
19 World Humanitarian Day
23 International 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.
26 Women’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.

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Day(s) Focus
All Month Sept 15 and ends Oct 15

Hispanic 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.

At the University of Miami, students, and faculty and staff members prepare programs to encourage learning, dialogue, and celebrations. Learn more.

All Month National Guide Dog Month
6-7 Rosh Hashanah
7 Labor Day
11 Patriot Day
12 National Native American Day
15 International Day of Democracy
15-16 Yom Kippur
16 Mexican Independence Day
21 International Day of Peace
26 European Languages Day
27 World Tourism Day

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Day(s) Focus
All Month UM Campus Disability Awareness Month
All Month Bullying Prevention Month
All Month Domestic Violence Awareness Month
All Month Down Syndrome Awareness Month
All Month Family History Month
All Month Filipino-American Heritage Month
All Month Italian-American Heritage Month
All Month LGBT History Month
All Month National Disability Employment Awareness Month
All Month National German Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
All Month National Work and Family Month
All Month Polish-American Heritage Month
Week Oct 5-9  Mental Illness Awareness Week
2 International Day of Non-Violence
6 German American Heritage Day
10 World Mental Health Day
11 National Coming Out Day
15 White Cane Safety Day
16 Spirit Day–Anti Bullying
17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
18 Women in Military Service for America Memorial Anniversary
19 World Humanitarian Action Day
19 Multicultural Diversity Day
20 Birth of the Bab in Shiraz
20-27 Sukkot
22 International Stuttering Awareness Day

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Day(s) Focus
All Month National 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 Month National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
11 Veterans Day/Armistice Day
12 Birth of Baha'u'llah
13 World Kindness Day
16 International Day for Tolerance
17 International Students' Day
20 Transgender Day of Remembrance
28 - Dec. 6 Hanukkah

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All Month Universal Human Rights Month
1 World AIDS Day
3 International Day for People with Disability
10 International Human Rights Day
20 International Human Solidarity Day
25 Christmas
26– Jan. 1 Kwanzaa

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