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Heritage Months and Identity Recognition

Throughout the year, certain identities and backgrounds are amplified and celebrated. We recognize that celebrating entire groups of people on a single day, week, or month may feel like an oversimplification. People with systemically marginalized identities live and thrive every single day. We offer this list to amplify the KU community's understanding of the intersectional nature of cultures, histories, scholarship, and people.

September 2022

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month raises awareness of and celebrates the diverse history, experiences, and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx people.

HispanicHeritageMonth.gov is maintained by several federal agencies and provides in depth information.

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October 2022

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month raises awareness of and celebrates the diverse history, experiences, and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx people.

HispanicHeritageMonth.gov is maintained by several federal agencies and provides a in depth information.

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LGBTQ+ History Month was created in the 1990s by a gay high school teacher and compliments well-known pride celebrations that take place in April and June. LGBTQ+ History Month is a way for us all to understand the role of queer and trans people in creating social, legal, and political change in the United States. This month can be a commemoration and call to action. There are also several related identity days during October:

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors  Native American peoples, and commemorates their histories and cultures. It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October. Since 2019, the University of Kanas has celebrated the week before and the week of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

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Since 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) has led this internationally recognized day (with related events) to provide education about mental health and support those who may be suffering. 

Events

  • Event 1 with link to details

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November 2022

November is Native American Heritage Month. The publication Indian Country Today says that "for Indigenous people across the country, it’s a chance to share the unique ancestry, traditions, and contributions their communities make today and have made throughout history."

Events

  • Save the Date: The Tlingit People's History of Raven at The Commons

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Transgender Liberation (or Awareness) Week takes place each year from November 13 - 19 in advance of Transgender Day of Resilience/Remembrance (November 20). The week is a time for folks to learn about the experience of trans people - the joys and challenges.

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December 2022

According to the United Nations, on "World AIDS Day...people around the world unite to show support for people living with and affected by HIV and to remember those who lost their lives to AIDS." They note that December 1 is also an opportunity to "celebrate victories, such as increased access to treatment and prevention services." (United Nations, World AIDS Day Background)

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In 1992, the United Nations proclaimed December 3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The day "aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life." (United Nations, IDPD History)

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January 2023

Annual Events

Learn from Past KU Events

February 2023

March 2023

April 2023

Arab American Heritage Month 

Kansas Drag Showcase sponsored by SGD and SUA

May 2023

Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Desi American Heritage Month

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