Celebrating Heritage Months

The University of Denver is committed to living our values of diversity and inclusion. Our community and institutional success is dependent on how well we engage and embrace the rich diversity of our faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni.

With that shared value in mind and in partnership with Human Resources & Inclusive Community (HRIC), the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI), The Cultural Center, Community + Values, and the Staff of Color Association (SOCA), we will celebrate the identities and histories of members of the DU and world communities. Each month we will feature a staff or faculty member and a student in recognition of each heritage month, along with an event to honor one another and learn about our unique differences.

Advancing a key strategic initiative outlined in the 2020-2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Action Plan, the Heritage Months Initiative will contribute to the creation of a campus climate and culture that strives for excellence in inclusion in all aspects of the University of Denver’s operations. Join us in this celebration!

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Heritage Months Calendar

  • September 15 - October 15: Latinx Heritage Month
  • October: Disability Employment Awareness Month & LGBTQ+ History Month
  • November: Native American Heritage Month
  • January: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February: Black History Month
  • March: Women's Herstory Month
  • April: Arab American Heritage Month & Autism Acceptance Month
  • May: Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month & Jewish American Heritage Month
  • June: LGBTQ+ pride Month

Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month

A light blue background with 2 koi fish and 3 lily pads and text that says Happy APIDA Heritage Month

AAPIDA: A collective of who's convenience?

Join us for a Heritage Months initiative in partnership with C+V

How does one combine some of the largest populations in the world into a collective and celebrate their individual histories and traditions in a single month? That is the challenge of AAPIDA Heritage month, that celebrates, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Desi American Heritage together. While some of these populations are immigrants who moved to America and brought their identity and culture with them, others are indigenous to lands that were colonized by westward expansion into the Pacific. Join us to hear the stories of struggle and success; invisibility and hyper-awareness; operating in the margins and belonging.

When: Thursday, May 13, 2021

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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APIDA Heritage Month Zoom Backgrounds

The words Happy APIDA Heritage Month shaped in an arch

Right-click on each image to save and download for use as a Zoom background (including the koi fish image above).

A green background with sun rays in the center and yellow stars on the parameter, with the words Happy APIDA Heritage Month

Thank you to The Cultural Center student staff for making these backgrounds!

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We recognize that our community and institutional success is dependent on how well we engage and embrace the rich diversity of our faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni. With that shared value in mind, throughout this academic year, we will publish a series of articles to celebrate the Heritage and History months. Also, if you are aware of any events that are happening on campus or have an idea for Heritage Month events, we'd love to hear about them and promote them campus-wide.

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