Diversity Council 2022 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 16

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 17

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

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 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 14-15

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: WMFDP Learning Experience
The Courageous Leader’s Summit is designed to help participants promote a culture of inclusion and one that recognizes and celebrates diversity in all forms. Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event.


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 2

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. 

April 12-13

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: WMFDP Learning Experience
The Courageous Leader’s Summit is designed to help participants promote a culture of inclusion and one that recognizes and celebrates diversity in all forms. Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event.

April 22

Diversity Council Event: Ben Shares His Story: Autism Awareness
April is Autism Awareness Month. Ben, Data Scientist on our IT team, contacted our Diversity Council wanting to share his experiences living and thriving with Autism.



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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 17-18

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: WMFDP Learning Experience
The Courageous Leader’s Summit is designed to help participants promote a culture of inclusion and one that recognizes and celebrates diversity in all forms. Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event.

May 20

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: Jewish-American Heritage Program
Join us to learn more about Judaism, the faith, the traditions and important dates in the Jewish calendar.



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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 8

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: Book Club Discussion
“Crying in HMart”

A Memoir is a 2021 memoir by Michelle Zauner, singer and guitarist of the musical project Japanese Breakfast. It is her debut book, published on April 20, 2021, by Alfred A. Knopf. It is an expansion of Zauner's essay of the same name which was published in The New Yorker on August 20, 2018. Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event.


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.

 


August


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 9

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: American Sign Language
The Diversity Council is proud to sponsor two American Sign Language learning sessions. During these one-hour sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to learn ASL from an ASL educator. Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event

September 23

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: American Sign Language
The Diversity Council hosted our associate Shiela Burke, who shared her experiences living and thriving as a deaf person

 



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September 25

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.

 


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 4-5

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 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 21

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: What is Diwali?
In 2022, Diwali is celebrated on Monday, October 24th. Join us for a learning experience on why Diwali is celebrated, the traditions and customs. Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event.



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October 24

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


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 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 18

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: Veterans Day Panel Discussion
Join Delta Dental Veterans for a panel discussion on their experiences in the military. Delta Dental associates will receive an invitation via email for this event.

 


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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 18

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 25

Christmas Day

December 26

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