John Smith

Celebrating Inclusion All Year Long

When you want to better understand the people around you, inclusion is key. It encourages everyone to learn about those around them and their differences too. These can include religion, race, ethnicity, gender, ability, or mental health. When you learn about others, you create a sense of belonging, both in your workplace or school, that helps everyone to feel seen, heard, appreciated, valued, and respected.

Every month, different themes, heritage, or awareness months celebrate different races or ethnicities or raise awareness for different causes. When you take time to celebrate them, you help important conversations to be had and you also help to foster this culture of understanding.

Here are some ideas of themes or events to celebrate each month to achieve this DEI goal.


January 13: Korean American Day

While it is just one specific day of the year, you can surely celebrate it all month or year long. This month, take time to learn about the significant contributions and achievements of Korean Americans.


Black History Month

During this month, explore the significant contributions of Black Americans in various fields such as science, arts, and politics throughout American history.

February 10: Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is a pan-Asian festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year for countries that use the lunisolar and solar Chinese calendars. This marks a time to celebrate the many diverse cultures across Asia.


Women’s History

Every March, we celebrate the road that women paved toward equality. We also honor their achievements in history.


Celebrate Diversity Month

April focuses on promoting and learning about different cultures and perspectives. Encourage your students or staff to learn about different traditions and histories of various races, ethnicities, religions, genders, or abilities.

Lesbian Visibility Week

Lesbian Visibility Week is an awareness campaign that raises visibility to their community. It’s mostly focused on creating safe spaces, challenging any discrimination or bias, and encouraging open and respectful conversations at school, work, in the home, and beyond.


Mental Health Awareness Month

This annual campaign and theme month raise awareness about mental health.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Celebrate the diverse cultures and traditions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in May.


Pride Month

This month-long celebration honors the LGBTQ community and its allies. It specifically commemorates the Stonewall Riots of 1969, a pivotal event in the fight for LGBTQ rights.

June 19: Juneteenth

This commemorates the day that Union General Gordon Granger proclaimed freedom for all enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas.


Disability Pride Month

This month, take time to raise awareness about the achievement of people living with disabilities. Work hard to challenge unhealthy stigmas associated with those living and working with one.


Black Business Month

Honor Black-owned businesses and their contributions to the American economy this month.


National Hispanic Heritage Month

This heritage month honors the rich culture, traditions, and history of Hispanics and Latin Americans. It is observed from September 15 - October 15.


Hindu Heritage Month

Learn about the fascinating spiritual traditions of Hinduism in October. During this month, many of their most important religious festivals take place including Dussehra and Diwali. It also includes Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday month, commemorating his influential role in Indian nationalism and nonviolent resistance.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This international campaign raises awareness for the disease with a focus on early detection.


Native American Heritage Month

This month, take time to learn about local tribes while exploring their history, culture, traditions, and contributions to local and American history.


December is filled with religious holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Learning about these holidays can help you better understand your students or staff.

Why Prioritizing Inclusion Is Important

When you take the necessary time to boost your inclusion and belonging in your organization or school, you take a stance for equality. These important theme months, awareness months, and heritage months can help you continue to grow as a teacher, leader, and human. For example, diversity training online can benefit everyone in many ways.

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