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Annual Heritage and History Months Observances 

Sharing Our Stories

A variety of cultural events at UConn Health organized by the Diversity Allies (formerly known as the Historical Recognition Committee) have given us opportunities to learn about the vast array of exciting differences among our employees and students. During the most recent event, which occurred on May 30th in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, two of our employees shared their cultural experiences from Cambodia and India. Some comments from people who attended this event: “It opened my mind to a different way of thinking;” “I really respect and appreciate the fact that our employees shared very relevant personal experiences;” “this was an opportunity to learn through other’s experiences – what a wonderful way to spend an hour!” And finally we heard over and over “Thank you for organizing that event.”

The Diversity Allies, which is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity, is a group of employees who recognize the value of promoting cultural awareness and communication in a community known for its compassion, empathy and sincerity.

If this mission resonates with you, please contact us to offer suggestions or volunteer to share your story. You can reach us at:


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We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you in advance for your interest.


The Diversity Allies sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity will be celebrating the following events throughout the year. Please check the upcoming events for more information.

Occasion and Description
February Black History Month
To recognize the contributions of African Americans and foster a better understanding of the African American experience. Carter G. Woodson, who in 1926 spearheaded Negro History Week, started the observation. It was expanded to a month in 1976. February was chosen because of the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, two people who had a dramatic affect on the lives of African Americans.
March National Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month started as Women’s History Week in 1978. In 1987, Congress was petitioned to expand the week to an entire month. The month recognizes the important contributions made by women through programs in school, workplaces and communities.
May Asian/Pacific American Heritage & Older Americans
Asian/Pacific American Heritage observation originally began as Asian/Pacific Heritage week on July 10, 1978. In 1992, President Bush signed legislation designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The term Asian/Pacific American includes many ethnic groups with diverse cultures. The month celebrates the collective achievements of the many different communities.

Older Americans Month
Older Americans Month was established by presidential proclamation to honor the contributions of older Americans to society. Begun in 1962, Older Americans Month is a time to celebrate and reflect on the unique contributions of older Americans in our society.

June Gay and Lesbian Pride Month
Gay and lesbian Americans have made important and lasting contributions to our nation in every field of endeavor. In June of 2000, William J. Clinton, President of the United States of America proclaimed June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. All Americans are encouraged to observe this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that celebrate our diversity and recognize the gay and lesbian Americans who have contributed and enriched our national life.

Caribbean American Heritage Month
On June 5, 2006, President George W. Bush signed a proclamation making June officially Caribbean American Heritage Month. This month has been established to recognize the historic relationship between the people of the Caribbean and the people of the United States as well as to recognize the many contributions Caribbean immigrants and their descendants have made to the well-being of America.

September/October Hispanic Heritage Month
The first Hispanic Heritage Week was approved on September 15, 1968. The month gives people the opportunity to plan and participate in ceremonies and activities that recognize the contributions of the many diverse cultures within the Hispanic community. In 1988, the celebration was expanded to a month and goes from September 15 to October 15.
October National Disability Employment Awareness Month
In 2003, previously known as National Employ the Handicapped Week, President George W. Bush proclaimed October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. During this month, we recognize the many contributions citizens with disabilities make to our society, and we reaffirm our commitment to helping them achieve their full inclusion in our workforce.
November National American Indian Heritage Month
National American Indian (or Native American) Month was enacted with a presidential proclamation in 1990. During the month, all Americans are encouraged to participate in programs ceremonies and activities that celebrate American Indian and Alaskan Native peoples’ important contribution to the United States.
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