Diversity Council 2021 calendar

Learn more about key diversity events happening every month


January


January 1

Global Family Day | World Peace Day
This day is celebrated as the global day of peace and sharing in the United States.

January 4

World Braille Day
This observance was established by the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of braille in education, communication, and social inclusion.

January 18

Martin Luther King Day
"Life’s most persistent and urgent question: What are you doing for others?" - MLK

January 19

World Religion Day
The day celebrates the commonality of the major faiths of the world. Did you know there are over 4,000 recognized religions in the world? Learn more

January 25

Chinese New Year
The year of the ox! The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, has more than 4,000 years of history and is the longest holiday of the year.

January 26

International Customs Day
This day recognizes the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining the flow of goods across the world’s borders. Members of the World Customs Organization (WCO) showcase their efforts and activities. Learn more.

January 27

International Holocaust Remembrance Day
The United Nations General Assembly’s resolution 60/7 designated International Holocaust Remembrance Day on November 1, 2005, during the 42nd plenary session.


February


Black History Month

An annual celebration of the achievements of African Americans, and a time to recognize the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Learn more about Black History Month.

February 15

Nirvana Day
Parinirvana Day — or Nirvana Day — is observed primarily by Mahayana Buddhists. The day commemorates the death of the historical Buddha and his entry into final or complete Nirvana. Learn more.

February 19

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event
Join us to hear from Delta Dental board member, civil rights activist, and dentist Dr. George McLaughlin about his experiences during the civil rights movement and his pivotal role during the Greensboro sit-ins. Missed the session? Watch it below.


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February 20

World Day of Social Justice
Promoting the importance of fair and just relations between the individual and society – focusing on issues such as poverty, exclusion, gender equality, human rights, and social protections. Learn more.


March


Developmental Disabilities Month

During March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) partners with Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) raises awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. Learn more.

Woman's History Month

Commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Learn more.

March 26

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: Disabilities Awareness
Join associate Bill Kaiser as he shares his insight on the importance of differently abled awareness. Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event




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April


Earth Month

Deaf History Month

Celebrate deaf history and, in particular, contributions made by the deaf community and the hearing impaired to American culture and society. Learn more.

Autism Awareness Month

The National Autism Society continues their efforts to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change. Learn more.

Arab American Heritage Month

Celebrates the Arab American heritage and culture and pays tribute to the contributions of Arab Americans. Learn more.

April 23

A Day of Silence
The GLSEN Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies all around the country—and the world—take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools. Learn more.


May


Jewish Heritage Month

Paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society Learn more.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Learn more.

Haitian Heritage Month

A time to celebrate Haitian historical and cultural traditions and to honor the unique history, language, and community of Haiti and Haitian-Americans.  Learn more.

May 5

Cinco de Mayo
The anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, holiday celebrated in parts of Mexico and the United States in honor of a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III. Learn more.

May 12

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Book Club: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates



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Between the World and Me was the winner of the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction and a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.

"Readers of his work in The Atlantic and elsewhere know Ta-Nehisi Coates for his thoughtful and influential writing on race in America. Written as a series of letters to his teenaged son, his new memoir, Between the World and Me, walks us through the course of his life, from the tough neighborhoods of Baltimore in his youth to Howard University—which Coates dubs ‘The Mecca’ for its revelatory community of black students and teachers—to the broader Meccas of New York and Paris. Coates describes his observations and the evolution of his thinking on race, from Malcolm X to his conclusion that race itself is a fabrication, elemental to the concept of American (white) exceptionalism. Ferguson, Trayvon Martin, and South Carolina are not bumps on the road of progress and harmony, but the results of a systemized, ubiquitous threat to ‘black bodies’ in the form of slavery, police brutality, and mass incarceration. Coates is direct and, as usual, uncommonly insightful and original. There are no wasted words. This is a powerful and exceptional book.” - Jon Foro

Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event.

May 21

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: What is Sikhism?
The Diversity Council is pleased to invite you to attend an informative session hosted by our own Navneet Manko and Sandeep Randhawa titled, “What is Sikhism?” Some of you may remember the ‘What Makes Me Unique’ video from our 2018 town hall meeting. Sandeep was included in that video, and he stated that wearing a turban made him unique at Delta Dental. That video led to a request to learn more about Sikhism, and as a result, Sandeep and Navneet will share information with us all about Sikhism and what turbans are really meant to communicate. Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event.




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May 24

Ramadan begins
Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims, the followers of Islam. It is celebrated as the month during which Muhammad received the initial revelations of the Quran, the holy book for Muslims. Learn more.

May 26

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: Lunch & Learn
Learn about how we all contribute to our business! Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event.


June


Pride 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. Learn more.

Caribbean Heritage Month

The month-long observance promotes the rich culture and heritage of the Caribbean American people and their contribution to the United States of America. Learn more.

Black Music Month

Created by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, this month celebrates the African American musical influences that comprise an essential part of our nation’s treasured cultural heritage. Learn more.

June 11

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: Juneteenth
Dr. DeForest Soaries, Jr., pastor, author and advocate, and Delta Dental Foundation trustee will share the history of Juneteenth and what it means today. Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event.




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June 19

Juneteenth
Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Learn more.

June 25

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event
Learn about the LBGTQ+ Community. Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event.





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July


July 11

World Population Day
World Population Day seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, including their relations to the environment. Learn more.

July 16

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: What cultures are we? 
What Cultures are We? Let's find out - and create a recipe collection! Delta Dental associates will receive more information via email.


August


August 6

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: WMFDP Panel Discussion
Our Executive Leadership Team (ELT), Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and several other leaders recently attended two “learning labs” hosted by White Men as Full Diversity Partners (WMFDP). During these labs, participants learned about how culture shapes and affects work partnerships and leadership behaviors, our different privileges and ultimately how to lead with inclusion. Join us to hear what some of the participants have to say about their experience during the lab, and their take-aways. Delta Dental associates will receive more information via email.





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August 11

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: Movie night;
Delta Dental associates will receive more information via email.

August 26

Women's Equality Day
Women’s Equality Day celebrates the achievements of women’s rights activists and reminds us of the unique daily struggles that women face. Learn more.


September


Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate the history and countless contributions that Latinos have made to the nation over the years. This month we also honor the cultural richness of Hispanics, who come from Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Learn more.

September 6

Rosh-Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah, literally the “head of the year” is the Jewish New Year. It is a time of inner renewal and divine atonement. Learn more.

September 16

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: Book Club
Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event.

September 24

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: Women Empowering Women Series
Christie Henry, first female director of Princeton University Press, an independent non-profit global publisher affiliated with Princeton and with offices in Princeton, US, Oxford, UK, and Beijing, China will join our associates to share her professional and personal stories as a woman in the workforce helping to shatter glass ceilings as part of our professional development series: Women Empowering Women. Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event.




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September 27-28

Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year—the day on which we are closest to G‑d and to the quintessence of our own souls. It is the Day of Atonement—“For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G‑d” (Leviticus 16:30). Learn more.


October


National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Learn more.

Italian American Heritage Month

Recognizing the contributions and achievements of Italian-Americans. Over 26 million Americans of Italian descent currently reside in the U.S. — making up America’s seventh largest ethnic group.. Learn more.

Global Diversity Awareness Month

A reminder of the positive impact a diverse culture of people can have on society as a whole. Learn more.

German American Heritage Month

Celebrate German-American heritage and commemorates the founding of Germantown, Pennsylvania (now part of Philadelphia) in 1683.Learn more.

October 10

World Mental Health Day

October 11

National Coming Out Day
Related to. 1987 March on Washington. National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual LGBT awareness day observed on October 11, to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, and more (LGBT) people (and sometimes other groups typically grouped within the LGBT community) to "come out of the closet".  Learn more.

October 22

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: Women Empowering Women Series
Lori Acker, SVP of Operational Transformation for Delta Dental of New Jersey and Connecticut, will join associates to share her professional and personal stories as a woman in the workforce helping to shatter glass ceilings as part of our professional development series: Women Empowering Women. Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event.


November


Native American Heritage Month

A time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Learn more.

November 4

Diwali
Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness. Learn more.

November 5

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: WMFDP Panel Discussion
Our Executive Leadership Team (ELT), Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and several other leaders recently attended two “learning labs” hosted by White Men as Full Diversity Partners (WMFDP). During these labs, participants learned about how culture shapes and affects work partnerships and leadership behaviors, our different privileges and ultimately how to lead with inclusion. Join us to hear what some of the participants have to say about their experience during the lab, and their take-aways. Delta Dental associates will receive more information via email.

November 11

Veteran's Day
A tribute to military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which honors those who died while in service, Veterans Day honors all military veterans, including those still with us. Learn more.

November 19

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: Women Empowering Women Series
Nicole McGrath-Barnes, DDS, FACD, founder and CEO of KinderSmile Foundation, will join our associates to share her professional and personal stories as a woman in the workforce helping to shatter glass ceilings as part of our professional development series: Women Empowering Women. Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event.

November 28

First day of Hanukah
The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. Learn more.


December


December 1

World Aids Day
World AIDS Day is dedicated to spreading awareness of the AIDS pandemic spread by the spread of HIV infection, and to mourning those who have died of the disease. Learn more.

December 25

Christmas Day

December 26

Kwanza 
An African American and pan-African seven day cultural holiday that celebrates family and community. Learn more.