Celebrating Heritage Months

September 15, 2022
Submitted By: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement

Celebrating Heritage Months and Identity Recognition 

Throughout the year, UHart commemorates national heritage months and identity acknowledgements. These recognitions are an opportunity for all members of the community to continue our learning and engage in meaningful programming that recognizes, examines, and values historical legacies of all identities, celebrates its present, engages the diversity of lived experiences within our community, enhances our awareness, and raises visibility for communities across campus and beyond. Through community spotlights, guest speakers, panels, conversations, and research presentations, we foster an inclusive community at UHart. Read more about our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DEIJ).

Please see below for a listing of heritage months and identity acknowledgements. While these acknowledgements and recognitions are attached to a particular month, week, or day, honoring and learning about these identities is not time-limited. We hope this calendar is a helpful tool to ensure we’re inclusive of all members of our community.

  • Sept. 15-Oct. 15: Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month 

  • Oct: National Disability Employment Awareness Month 

  • Oct: LGBTQ+ Heritage Month 

  • 2nd Monday of Oct. 10: Indigenous People's Day 

  • 3rd Wednesday of Oct. 19: International Pronouns Day 

  • Nov: Native American Heritage Month 

  • Nov. 13-19: Trans Awareness Week 

  • Nov. 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance 

  • Dec. 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities 

  • 3rd Monday of Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

  • February: Black History Month 

  • March: Women's History Month 

  • March 8: International Women's Day 

  • April: Arab American Heritage Month 

  • April 18, 2023: Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day 

  • May: Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month 

  • May: Jewish American Heritage Month 

  • May: Mental Health Awareness Month 

  • June: LGBTQ Pride Month 

  • June 19: Juneteenth 

  • July: Disability Pride Month  

Latinx Heritage Month

heritage monthLatinx Heritage Month, also known as Hispanic Heritage Month is nationally celebrated each year from Sept.15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of those who trace their ancestral roots to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean.

Campus Programs 

We hope you’ll join us in honoring the identities, experiences, and accomplishments of Latinx members of our campus community by attending at least one of our Latinx Heritage Month Programs.  

Creating Visibility and Belonging for the Hispanic and Latinx Community  
Join us on Monday, Oct. 3, 12:45 p.m.–1:45 p.m. to engage in a conversation about creating visibility and belonging for Hispanic and Latinx individuals in our campus community, as we strive to foster a more inclusive UHart, where people of all identities may experience a sense of belonging. This panel with feature campus community members who will provoke thought and inspire action across our campus community by sharing how they feel our campus can be more inclusive, raising awareness of nuanced experiences, and increasing understanding of unique needs of the Hispanic and Latinx population. Don't miss the conversation! Register here.

What it means to be Latinx in the US: a conversation with Estela López and Noel Casiano 
Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 12:45 p.m.–2 p.m., to hear from Dr. Estela López and Dr. Noel Casiano about identity development, what it means to be Latinx in the US, and feeling seen. This engaging conversation will address the challenges that accompany the question “where are you from” and explore how these  knowing, understanding, and embracing Latinx identities. Register to join the conversation here.  

Local Events 

Ring in Hispanic Heritage Month with Sound Healing (Farmington) - Thursday, Sept. 15 – more info here 

Thursday Night LIVE: Goza Latin Jazz (Parkville Market, Hartford) - Thursday, Sept. 15 – more info here 

Hispanic Heritage Day Celebration (Manchester) – Saturday, Sept. 24 – more info here 

Find other events throughout the state and region here 

Educational Resources 





Questions, comments, or suggestions? Contact Christine Grant, Assistant Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement (; 860-768-4220) and/or Lisa Coté, Assistant Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (; 860-768-4932)