WELCOME TO ESCC’S DIVERSITY AWARENESS COMMITTEE RESOURCE PAGE
Our ability to thrive in a multicultural world depends on our respecting differences and dismantling barriers. ESCC’s Diversity Awareness Committee is committed to building a unified college community reflecting justice and education for all.
March is Women’s History Month
March is dedicated to women’s history month, but the national recognition has only been since 1982 — when Congress deemed March 7th as Women’s History Week. Five years later, the National Women’s History Project petitioned for a full month to properly honor our trailblazers.
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
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At Enterprise State Community College, we are dedicated to fostering an educational environment that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusivity. As a community institution, we also commit ourselves daily to be a beacon of hope to those we serve and effect positive change in the lives of others.
Each of us is part of a diverse community on campus and off. We are all part of a family that can demonstrate the importance of understanding and respecting one another, and when we all come together, I believe that we can all be a powerful example of celebrating diversity to others.
President of ESCC
ESCC’S DIVERSITY AWARENESS COMMITTEE MEMBERS
History of Black History Month
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
2021 Diversity Calendar
Thursday, January 27th: Holocaust Remembrance Day
Monday, February 1st: National Freedom Day (signing of the 13th Amendment in 1865)—starts Black History Month
Monday, March 8th: International Women’s Day (started in Germany in 1911)—March is Women’s History Month
Sunday, March 21st: International Day for the Elimination of Discrimination (named by the United Nations in 1966, started earlier in South Africa)
Thursday, March 25th: International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (named by United Nations in 2008)
Wednesday, March 31st: International Transgender Day of Visibility
Thursday, April 1st: Begins Celebrate Diversity Month (started in 2004)
Friday, April 23rd: Day of Silence (student-led to support LGBTQ+ issues—see GLSEN)
Saturday, May 1st: Begins Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month
Saturday, May 1st: Begins Older Americans Month (started in 1963)
Thursday, May 6th: Both the National Day of Reason and the National Day of Prayer
Tuesday, June 1st: Begins Pride Month (culminating in LGBT Pride Day—last Sunday in June)
Tuesday, June 15th: Native American Citizenship Day (started in 1924)
Saturday, June 19th: Juneteenth (aka Freedom Day or Emancipation Day)
Sunday, July 18th: Nelson Mandela International Day (started by UN in 2009)
Thursday, August 26th: Women’s Equality Day (started 1961)
Wednesday, September 15th: Begins Hispanic Heritage Month (goes to October 15th)
Friday, October 1st: Begins Global Diversity Awareness Month
Monday, October 11th: National Indigenous People’s Day (alternative to Columbus Day)
Monday, November 1st: Begins National Native American Heritage Month (National Native American Heritage Day is Nov. 26th/celebrated most often the Friday after Thanksgiving)
Friday, November 19th: International Men’s Day
Saturday, November 20th: Transgender Day of Remembrance
Friday, December 10th: International Human Rights Day (started by UN in 1948)