The Department of Residence Life has developed a diversity and inclusion calendar as a resource for students and staff to learn more about the variety of holidays, observances, festivals, and more that occur throughout the year. Members of the campus community can use these observances and celebrations as talking points in their daily interactions with one another. We hope that you will find this beneficial in your learning, and that this calendar provides you with additional ways to connect with the diverse array of students at Rutgers. The intent is to make this as diverse as possible through showcasing a variety of historical, religious, and cultural events; however, we want to acknowledge that this is not an exhaustive list. Please send an email to us for additional calendar considerations.

Residence Life’s Five Guiding Tenets

In our continual effort to challenge perpetual and inherent systems of oppression, Residence Life is using a curricular approach with the intention of creating a space for consistent dialogue around all aspects of identity. We are actively engaging in the critique of our processes, practices, and frameworks in order to better serve our students and create a more socially just community. We encourage you to join us on this journey, learn more about our guiding tenets, the how behind our work, and what we stand for.

1: Historical Frameworks

Understanding our histories and providing context to our institutional identity in order to ground the “why” in what we need to change, as we strive for more socially just communities.

2: Engaging and Sitting with Discomfort

Educating on ways to sit with and process levels of fragility. While centering the identities we hold, we recognize how implicit biases can impact how we engage with students, staff and the broader University community.

3: Power, Privilege and Oppression in Organizations

How we engage with, communicate across, and seek to understand systemic issues of oppression and privilege within our institutional systems. Challenging ourselves to expect and promote justice/equity-based decisions in our organization.

4: Equity in Practice  

Critiquing current oppressive practices, processes, and frameworks that guide our day to day interactions personally and professionally. Putting a focus on the impact to all that we serve in our work toward equity and justice.

5: Justice as Action 

Enacting systems of accountability when inequities are identified. Holding oneself and others accountable for addressing and repairing harm caused. Establishing a commitment to continual learning to advocate for and create change.

Name of Holiday/Celebration

Black History Month – Month-Long Theme

American Heart Month – Month-Long Theme

Candlemas Day – February 2

World Cancer Day – February 4

International Day of Women and Girls in Science – February 11

Presidents Day – Observed the third Monday of the month

Random Act of Kindness Week

Lantern Festival

National Signing Day

Shrove Tuesday

Ash Wednesday

Mardi Gras

Name of Holiday/Celebration

Autism Awareness Month – Month-Long Theme

World Health Day – April 7

Passover

Good Friday

Palm Sunday – Observed the Sunday before Easter

Easter

Day of Silence

Earth Day

Yom HaShoah

Ramadan

Ramadan History

Name of Holiday/Celebration

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month – Month-Long Theme

LGBTQ Pride Month and Education Resources

National Donut Day – June 5

World Environment Day – June 5

Loving Day – June 12

Flag Day – June 14

Juneteenth – June 19

Saint Jean Baptiste Day – June 24

National HIV Testing Day – June 27

Name of Holiday/Celebration

Canada Day – July 1

Independence Day – July 4

World Population Day – July 11

Nelson Mandela Day – July 18

Pioneer Day – July 24

National Disability Independence Day – July 26

International Day of Friendship – July 30

Bastille Day

Asalha Puja

Eid al-Adha

Name of Holiday/Celebration

Native American Heritage Month – Month-Long Theme

All Saints’ Day – November 1

Veterans Day – November 11

History of Veterans Day

Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – November 25

International Students’ Day – November 25

Advent – Observed on the Sunday closest to November 30

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence – Observed November 25 to December 10

Thanksgiving – Observed the last Thursday of the month

Diwali

Name of Holiday/Celebration

World Aids Day – December 1

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – December 3

International Human Rights Day – December 10

Human Rights Day

Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe – December 12

Las Posadas – Observed December 16 to December 24

Christmas – December 25

Boxing Day – December 26

New Years Eve – December 31

Hanukkah

Kwanzaa