Commemorate, learn about, and engage with upcoming diverse and cultural holidays through the resources and local events below.
Sept.-Oct.: Hispanic Heritage Month
Spanning Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Hispanic Heritage Month highlights the contributions and culture of the Hispanic community. Celebratory activities kick off Sept. 15 as the date coincides with the Independence Day celebrations of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. The United States Congress passed “Hispanic Heritage Week” on Sept. 17, 1968, and the commemoration was made a month-long 21 years later.
The 2023 National Hispanic Heritage Month Theme is “Todos Somos, Somos Uno: We Are All, We Are One.” Hispanics are the ethnic majority in Texas since 2023. Dallas County has the third-largest Hispanic population in Texas at 41% and gained 8,774 new Hispanic residents from July 2021 to July 2022.
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, you can attend festivals, invite guest speakers to your workplace, or support local Hispanic-owned businesses.
Read and Watch:
- History.com | Hispanic Heritage Month
- Pew Research Center | Key facts about U.S. Latinos for National Hispanic Heritage Month
- AARP | Hispanic Heritage Month Showcases Pride, Culture and Increased Visibility of Latinos
- Syracuse University | Discovering Intersectionality and Celebrating Hope with Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month
- Smithsonian Latino Center’s Virtual Museum
- Hispanic Star | Hispanic Heritage Month Toolkit
- Diversity Movement | Hispanic Heritage Month Toolkit
October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrates the historic and current contributions of America’s workers with disabilities and showcases supportive, inclusive policies and practices that benefit employees and employers alike. NDEAM began as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week” in 1945.Since then, several strides have been made to promote equal opportunity for and prohibit discrimination against those with disabilities, including the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This year, the theme of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is Advancing Access and Equity.
Employers can raise awareness and inclusion by creating dedicated employee resource groups, educating employees, and certifying workplace policies contribute to an office culture that includes people regardless of their disability status.
Read and Watch:
- U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy | National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2023
- What Can You Do? | Celebrate National Disability Awareness Month
- Administration for Community Living | National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM): Materials, Events, and More
- Museum of disability History Virtual Museum
- Disability:IN | Disability Equality Index