Office of Diversity and Equity

Diversity Events Calendar

September

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

An official celebration of those American citizens whose ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The tradition of the Hispanic/Latinx Heritage celebration started out as a week-long event in 1968. Twenty (20) years later, in 1988, the celebration expanded to dedicate a whole month starting and ending in the middle of the month and inclusive of the Day of the Dead (“Dia De Los Muertos“) on November 2nd, to represent a traditional event in Mexico paying homage to loved ones who have pasted on.

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic/Latinx Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.  The celebration will take place between September 15th and October 15th and up to November 2nd. The 15th marks as the independence day of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. While Mexico, Chile, and Belize follow shortly after on the 16th, 18th and 21st respectively.

October

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month takes place every October. It evolved from a Day of Unity first observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The intent was to connect advocates for survivors of abuse across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state and national levels, and has since grown to become a federally observed month of awareness and action on domestic violence.

Across the country, families and friends of victims have gathered during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to remember and honor their loved ones who have lost their lives at the hands of a person they once loved and trusted.

 

November

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. This month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

December

National Human Rights Month

December recognizes National Human Rights Month. This month and every month to follow, everyone in the United States is encouraged to come together and stand up for equality, justice, and the dignity of all humans. December is a time to honor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an international document stating the fundamental rights and freedoms to which all human beings are entitled. These rights include freedom from discrimination, the right to equality, and the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.

 

January

National Poverty Awareness Month

January is National Poverty Awareness Month and it gives us at WCSU an opportunity to become more aware of those in need and the ways we can take action to combat poverty.  There are over 40 million people living in poverty in the United States.   Poverty creates inter-generational issues, causes health issues due to food insecurity, stress, and lack of access to care, and contributes to school-age and university students under-performing and/or missing school.

 

February

Black Heritage/History Month

February marks Black Heritage/History Month, a federally recognized, nationwide celebration that calls on all Americans to reflect on the significant roles that African-Americans have played in shaping history in the United States. February marks Black Heritage/History Month, a tribute to African-American men and women who have made significant contributions to America and the rest of the world in the fields of science, politics, law, sports, the arts, entertainment, and many other fields.

 

While Black Heritage/History Month is synonymous with prominent figures such as Martin Luther King Jr.Harriet TubmanRosa ParksMuhammad AliJackie RobinsonLangston HughesMaya Angelou, Marian Anderson and President Barack Obama, there are countless other African-Americans who’ve made a profound impact in history: self-made millionaire Madam C.J. Walker, world-renowned sculptor Edmonia Lewis, carbon filament light bulb inventor Lewis Howard Latimer, open-heart surgeon Daniel Hale Williams, science-fiction writer Octavia E. Butler, and “Father of Black History” Carter G. Woodson, who lobbied extensively to establish Black Heritage/History Month as a nationwide celebration, among many others.

March

Women's History Month

A nationally recognized celebration throughout March, Women’s History Month originates back to 1981,  Women’s History Month originates back to 1981, when Congress authorized and requested President Reagan to proclaim the week starting March 7, 1982, to be Women’s History Week. The week in March was selected to commemorate an 1857 strike for better pay and working conditions held by women working in a garment factory. In 1987,  the National Women’s History Project successfully petitioned for Congress to designate the month of March to be Women’s History Month.

Every March, WCSU finds way to celebrate the contributions of history-making women to our society.  From how it began to important dates in March, please support and learn more about this month-long celebration at WCSU.

April

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is an annual designation observed in April.  During this month, WCSU raises awareness about sexual violence in Danbury and educates our community on how to prevent it and be active bystanders in prevention and awareness.

 

  Month at WCSU

Our planet is filled with a rainbow of races and religions — all equal in every way. It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand them all or even know they exist, but it matters that you accept everyone and do not judge anyone  as less than worthy. We are all in this together, and our ignorance of other’s beliefs is no excuse for intolerance in any form.  As we enter April, WCSU would like everyone to take some time to celebrate Diversity Month.

 

May

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian American - Pacific Islander (“AAPI”) Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. AAPI Heritage commemoration was first proposed in 1977 to observe the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States (May 7, 1843), and the completion of the transcontinental railroad, constructed mainly by Chinese immigrant workers (May 10, 1869). In 1978, President Carter made it an annual week-long event and President George H.W. Bush extended the proclamation to include the entire month of May.

In the face of increasing anti-Asian bias, WCSU acknowledges and combats its roots in our society and on our campuses. This month we look to highlight resilience of our community, our enduring public service for all Asian-Americans, and the actions we can take to move forward at WCSU.

June

Pride Month

June is Pride Month which is established to recognize the impact that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (“LGBTQIA”) individuals have had on the world. LGBTQIA groups celebrate this special time with various pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings.

Pride Month is celebrated as a tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots. With parades, festivals, and concerts, there’s always some way for you to get involved at WCSU as well as learn some important social history along the way.