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2020-2021 Workplace Diversity and Inclusivity D&I Calendar

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For HR leaders committed to diversity and inclusion, creating welcoming workplaces is a year-round initiative. So take note of the following professional, cultural, religious, and secular holidays as you build out your workplace D&I calendar.

 Nov. 2020 Dec. 2020
 Jan. 2021 Feb. 2021 March 2021 April 2021
May 2021 June 2021 July 2021 Aug. 2021
Sept. 2021 Oct. 2021 Nov. 2021 Dec. 2021

November 2020

Month-long observances:

  •  Movember (awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer)
  •  National Native American, American Indian, and Alaskan Native Heritage Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

  •  November 11 – Veterans Day
  •  November 14 – Diwali (Hindu)
  •  November 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance
  •  November 25 – Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)
  •  November 26 – Thanksgiving
  •  November 27 – Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha (Baha’i)
  •  November 29 – Eid Milad ul-Nabi (Muslim)

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December 2020

Month-long observances:

  •  Universal Human Rights Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

  •  December 1 – World AIDS Day
  •  December 3 – International Day for People with Disability
  •  December 10 – Hanukkah begins (Jewish)
  •  December 10 – International Human Rights Day
  •  December 21 – Yule Winter Solstice (Pagan)
  •  December 25 – Christmas (Christian)
  •  December 26 – Kwanzaa begins
  •  December 31 – New Year’s Eve

January 2021

Month-long observances:

  •  National Mentoring Month
  •  Poverty in America Awareness Month
  •  Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

  •  January 1 – New Year’s Day
  •  January 4 – National Braille Day
  •  January 7 – Christmas (Eastern Orthodox)
  •  January 10 – Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
  •  January 17 – World Religion Day
  •  January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  •  January 26 – International Customs Day
  •  January 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • January 28 — Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)

February 2021

Month-long observances:
  •  American Heart Month
  •  Black History Month
  •  Human Relations Month
Important D&I calendar dates:
  •  February 1 – National Freedom Day
  •  February 12 — Chinese New Year (Year of the Ox)
  •  February 14 – Valentine’s Day
  •  February 15 – Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
  •  February 15 – Presidents’ Day (U.S.A.)
  •  February 16 – Mardi Gras
  •  February 17 – Ash Wednesday
  •  February 20 – World Day of Social Justice
  •  February 25 — Purim (Jewish)

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March 2021

Month-long observances:
  •  Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
  •  Ethnic Equality Month
  •  Gender Equality Month
  •  Greek-American Heritage Month
  •  Irish-American Heritage Month
  •  National Colon Cancer Awareness Month
  •  National Kidney Month
  •  National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness and Education Month
  •  National Women’s History Month
Important D&I calendar dates:
  •  March 5 – Employee Appreciation Day
  •  March 8 – International Women’s Day
  •  March 11 – Maha Shivarati (Hindu)
  •  March 14 – Pi Day
  •  March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
  •  March 19 – Naw-Ruz (Baha’I New Year)
  •  March 25 – International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  •  March 27 – Passover begins (Jewish)
  •  March 28 – Holi (Hindu)
  •  March 28 – Palm Sunday (Christian)
  •  March 31 – Equal Pay Day
  •  March 31 – International Transgender Day of Visibility

April 2021

Month-long observances:
  •  Arab-American Heritage Month
  •  Autism Awareness Month
  •  Celebrate Diversity Month
  •  Earth Month
  •  National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  •  National Volunteer Month
  • Tartan (Scottish-American) Heritage Month
Important D&I calendar dates:
  •  April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day
  •  April 2 – Good Friday (Christian)
  •  April 4 – Easter (Christian)
  •  April 8 – Yom Hashoah (Jewish)
  •  April 12 – Ramadan begins (Muslim)
  •  April 20 – Start of Rivdan (Baha’i)
  •  April 22 – Earth Day
  •  April 23 – National Day of Silence (LGBTQIAA+)

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May 2021

Month-long observances:
  •  ALS Awareness Month
  •  Haitian Heritage Month
  •  Indian Heritage Month
  •  Jewish-American Heritage Month
  •  Mental Health Month
  •  National Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  •  Older Americans Month
  •  South Asian American Heritage Month
Important D&I calendar dates:
  •  May 5 – Cinco de Mayo
  •  May 9 – Laylat al-Qadr (Muslim)
  •  May 11 – Ramadan ends (Muslim)
  •  May 12 – Eid al-Fitr (Muslim)
  •  May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
  •  May 21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  •  May 22 – Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)
  •  May 29 – Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
  •  May 31 – Memorial Day

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June 2021

Month-long observances:
  •  AIDS Awareness Month
  •  Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
  •  Black Music Month
  •  National Caribbean American Heritage Month
  •  Pride Month (LGBTQIAA+)
Important D&I calendar dates:
  •  June 8 — Race Unity Day
  •  June 12 – Loving Day
  •  June 19 – Juneteenth
  •  June 20 – National Indigenous Peoples Day
  •  June 21 – Litha, Summer Solstice (Pagan)
  •  June 24 – Pride Day (LGBTQIAA+) (varies by city and country)

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July 2021

Month-long observances:

  •  French-American Heritage Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

  •  July 4 – Independence Day
  •  July 9 – Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)
  •  July 11 – World Populace Day
  •  July 14 – Bastille Day
  •  July 18 – International Nelson Mandela Day
  •  July 19 – Eid al-Adha (Muslim)
  •  July 24 – Pioneer Day (Mormon)
  •  July 26 – National Disability Independence Day
  •  July 30 – International Day of Friendship

August 2021

Month-long observances:

  •  National Civility Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

  •  August 9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
  •  August 9 – Hijri New Year (Muslim)
  •  August 17 – Marcus Garvey Day
  •  August 19 – World Humanitarian Day
  •  August 26 – Women’s Equality Day
  •  August 29 – Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)

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September 2021

Month-long observances:

  •  Hispanic Heritage Month
  •  National Guide Dog Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

  •  September 6 – Labor Day
  •  September 7 – Rosh Hashanah begins (Jewish)
  •  September 11 – Patriot Day (U.S.A.)
  •  September 15 – International Day of Democracy
  •  September 16 – Mexican Independence Day
  •  September 20 – Sukkot begins (Jewish)
  •  September 21 – International Day of Peace
  •  September 26 – European Day of Languages
  •  September 27 — World Tourism Day

October 2021

Month-long observances:

  •  Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  •  Bullying Prevention Month
  •  Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  •  Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  •  Filipino-American Heritage Month
  •  Italian-American Heritage Month
  •  LGBTQ History Month
  •  National Work and Family Month
  •  Polish-American Heritage Month
  •  Family History Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

  •  October 2 – International Day of Nonviolence
  •  October 6 – Navrati begins (Hindu)
  •  October 10 – World Mental Health Day
  •  October 11 – National Coming Out Day (LGBTQIAA+)
  •  October 11 – National Native American Day
  •  October 15 – White Cane Safety Day (Blind awareness)
  •  October 16 – Bosses’ Day
  •  October 17 – Spirit Day (LGBTQIAA+ anti-bullying)
  •  October 19 – Eid Milad ul-Nabi (Muslim)
  •  October 20 – Sikh Holy Day (birth of Guru Granth)
  •  October 22 – International Stuttering Awareness Day
  •  October 31 – Halloween
  •  October 31 – Dia de los Muertos begins

November 2021

Month-long observances:

  •  Movember (awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer)
  •  National Native American, American Indian, and Alaskan Native Heritage Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

  •  November 4 – Diwali (Hindu)
  •  November 6 – Birth of the Bab (Baha’i)
  •  November 7 – Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
  •  November 9 – World Freedom Day
  •  November 11 – Veterans Day
  •  November 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance
  •  November 24 – Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)
  •  November 25 – Thanksgiving
  •  November 27 – Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha (Baha’i)
  •  November 28 – Hanukkah begins (Jewish)

December 2021

Month-long observances:

  •  Universal Human Rights Month

Important D&I calendar dates:

  •  December 1 – World AIDS Day
  •  December 3 – International Day for People with Disabilities
  •  December 10 – International Human Rights Day
  •  December 21 – Yule Winter Solstice (Pagan)
  •  December 25 – Christmas (Christian)
  •  December 26 – Kwanzaa begins
  •  December 31 – New Year’s Eve

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