Black History Month is a time for celebration, recognition, and reflection of the achievements and importance of black Americans in the United States and around the world. Black History Month began as “Negro History Week” in 1926 by President Carter G. Woodson, and was expanded to a month in 1976. At UHD, we honor this month by screening films depicting the lives and stories of People of Color, hosting events and speakers that showcase a piece of African American culture, collaborating with multiple departments across campus including the Center for Critical Race Studies, and celebrating those in this community on our campus!
Women’s History Month, originally designated Women’s History Week by Congress, began in 1981 and is a time to pay tribute to the generations of women who have committed their lives to improving our world. Women’s efforts have proved to be invaluable to society and here at UHD, we celebrate the challenges and triumphs that resulted in instrumental change. During this month, we will honor these women through movie screenings, collaborative events, and opportunities to learn about the women who changed our society for the better.
In 1979, Congress proclaimed Asian Pacific Islander Week, now Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, to honor the lives and stories of Asian and Pacific people in the United States. Although the declared month is May, we celebrate this group in April at UHD so that the entire Gator community can learn more about the history of Asian and Pacific Islanders in this country. Through film screenings, speakers, and other various events, we strive to recognize the strife, perseverance, and accomplishments of the Asian and Pacific Islander community in the United States.
LGBTQ Pride is celebrated every June in honor of the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, New York. “Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.” (Library of Congress, 2016).
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“Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America” (hispanicheritagemonth.gov). As a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), we understand the importance of serving and celebrating this community. This month is celebrated on the UHD campus through multiple avenues – film screenings, Hispanic, Latino/a, Chicano/a, pride tabling events, and UHD alumni speakers.
LGBT History Month is a time dedicated to the teaching and learning of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history. During October, school communities across the country celebrate the obstacles and accomplishments of those in the LGBT community, and discuss the importance of the gay rights and civil rights movements. At UHD, we commit to the continuous education on our campus regarding LGBT topics and history through films, speakers, and tabling events during LGBT History Month.
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What started out as American Indian Day in 1916, became Native American Heritage Month in 1990. It started out as an effort by the Native Americans to gain one day of recognition for all their contributions to our country; it is now an opportunity to celebrate, reflect, and learn about the real first Americans. At UHD, we utilize film screenings, open dialogues, and informational tabling events to create spaces for our students, staff, and faculty to learn about the suffering, perseverance, and courage of Native Americans during the month of November.