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The Committee on Institutional Equity and Diversity (CIED) is committed to providing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) related resources on monthly observances. Please check back often as our list is frequently updated and ever-evolving.
A comprehensive list of all monthly observances and significant dates are available on the
CIED Diversity Calendar.
Disability Pride Month
After decades of grassroots activism, protests, and lobbying by disabled people around the country, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. Over the next few years, several cities celebrated with annual Disability Independence Day parades at the end of July.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
ADA website maintained by Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice features legal information, design standards, technical assistance materials, and enforcement
Virtual exhibits on ADA 30, at the NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities History of the Disability Rights Movement
Disability Pride Month
8/26: Women’s Equality Day
August 26 is designated as
Women’s Equality Day and is celebrated in the United States to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. Movement against this bill:
Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15, honoring the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
In the month of September several Latin American countries celebrate their Independence Day and
Día de la Raza, or Day of the Race, which falls on October 12. Read about Hispanic Heritage Month
National Resources for September 11
BMCC - Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is the only college in United States history to have lost a campus building to a terrorist attack. Explore the School's resilience, recovery, and rememberance.
CUNY TV - Virtual Town Hall on 20 th Anniversary of Attacks
CUNY Central - City University of New York's special reflection from September 9, 2021 October
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)
LGBTQ+ History Month
LGBTQ+ History Month is celebrated in October to observe the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. It coincides with the National Coming Out Day, that is observed on October 11. The observance of LGBTQ+ History Month began in 1994, which was created by Rodney Wilson, a history teacher at a Missouri high school. The commemorative month originally honored gay and lesbian history, but over the years, “additional acronyms were added to increase inclusivity of LGBTQ+ communities.” (
, IOWA Multicultural & International Student Support & Engagement) LGBTQ History Month History
Celebrate LGBT History Month
National Native American Heritage Month
In 1990, Congress passed and President George H. W. Bush signed into law a joint resolution designating the month of November as
National Native American Heritage Month. In 2009, President Barack Obama signed The Native American Heritage Day Resolution, designating the Friday after Thanksgiving as Native American Heritage Day. History and Resources
Library of Congress - a list of events compiled by The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Smithsonian - a list of the museum's sponsored events Maps
Native Land - an app to help map Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages
National Public Radio (NPR) - invites us to learn which Native lands we live on via a map that conveys more than borders
Barnard College - highlights historic Manhattan areas where the Lenape peoples lived for centuries Reflections for Allies
CNN - 5 ways to honor Native Americans during National Native American Heritage Month- including decolonizing your Thanksgiving dinner
National Congress of American Indians - read about the campaign to end harmful “Indian” mascots
Smithsonian - offers a thought-provoking essay on Native Americans' Thanksgiving reflections
Women and the American Story - invite you to meet the proud and powerful writer, Zitkala Sa For Kids
PBS Learning Media (PBS13) - a curated look at Indigenous art, history, and culture from multiple resources
Teen Vogue - gives guidelines for young people on avoiding offensive stereotypes and how to be a better ally to Native nations December
12/3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Celebrated on December 3, 2020 University-wide: