We have created 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, utilizing them as talking points in your daily interactions with one another. We hope that you will find this beneficial in your learning and gives you additional ways to connect with the diverse array of students at Rutgers. The intent was to make this as diverse as possible through showcasing 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 Description Associated Dates
National Human Trafficking Awareness Month Find out more here Month theme
National Mentoring Month Find out more here Month theme
National Poverty in America Awareness Month Find out more here Month theme
World Braille Day Find out more here 4-Jan
Three Kings Day Find out more here 1/6 or 1/19
World Religion Day Find out more here 18-Jan
International Day of Education Find out more here: 24-Jan
Chinese New Year Find out more here
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Find out more here and here
International Holocaust Remembrance Day Find out more here
Name of Holiday/Celebration Description Associated Dates
Black History Month Find out more here Month theme
American Heart Month Find out more here Month theme
Candlemas Day Find out more here 2-Feb
World Cancer Day Find out more here 4-Feb
International Day of Women and Girls in Science Find out more here 11-Feb
Presidents Day Find out more here Observed the third Monday of the month
Random Act of Kindness Week Find out more here
Lantern Festival Find out more here
National Signing Day Find out more here
Shrove Tuesday Find out more here
Ash Wednesday Find out more here
Mardis Gras Find out more here
Name of Holiday/Celebration Description Associated Dates
Women’s History Month Find out more here Month theme
National Nutrition Month Find out more here Month theme
Dr. Seuss Day Find out more here 2-Mar
International Women’s Day Find out more here 8-Mar
Ides of March Find out more here 15-Mar
Saint Patrick’s Day Find out more here and here 17-Mar
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Find out more here 21-Mar
International Transgender Day of Visibility Find out more here 31-Mar
Purim Find out more here
Holi Find out more here and here
Spring Equinox Find out more here
Name of Holiday/Celebration Description Associated Dates
Autism Awareness Month Find out more here Month theme
World Health Day Find out more here 7-Apr
Passover Find out more here
Good Friday Find out more here
Palm Sunday Find out more here Observed the Sunday before Easter
Easter Find out more here
Day of Silence Find out more here
Earth Day Find out more here
Yom HaShoah Find out more here
Ramadan Find out more here and here
Name of Holiday/Celebration Description Associated Dates
Mental Health Awareness Month Find out more here Month theme
Jewish American Heritage Month Find out more here Month theme
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Find out more here Month theme
National Day of Prayer Find out more here Observed the first Thursday of the month
Cinco De Mayo Find out more here 5-May
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia Find out more here 17-May
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development Find out more here 21-May
Wesak Find out more here
Memorial Day Find out more here and here
Name of Holiday/Celebration Description Associated Dates
LGBTQIA+ Pride Month Find out more here and here Month theme
National Donut Day Find out more here 5-Jun
World Environment Day Find out more here 5-Jun
Loving Day Find out more here 12-Jun
Flag Day Find out more here 14-Jun
Juneteenth Find out more here 19-Jun
Saint Jean Baptiste Day Find out more here 24-Jun
National HIV Testing Day Find out more here 27-Jun
Name of Holiday/Celebration Description Associated Dates
Canada Day Find out more here 1-Jul
Independence Day Find out more here 4-Jul
World Population Day Find out more here 11-Jul
Nelson Mandela Day Find out more here 18-Jul
Pioneer Day Find out more here 24-Jul
National Disability Independence Day Find out more here 26-Jul
International Day of Friendship Find out more here 30-Jul
Bastille Day Find out more here
Asalha Puja Find out more here
Eid al-Adha Find out more here
Name of Holiday/Celebration Description Associated Dates
International Youth Day Find out more here 12-Aug
World Humanitarian Day Find out more here 19-Aug
International Day of Remembrance/Tribute to Victims of Terrorism Find out more here 21-Aug
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition Find out more here 21-Aug
International Day Commemorating Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion/Belief Find out more here 22-Aug
Women’s Equality Day Find out more here 26-Aug
Ashura Find out more here Observed on the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Muslim Calendar
Purple Heart Day Find out more here
Islamic New Year Find out more here
Hijri New Year Find out more here
Name of Holiday/Celebration Description Associated Dates
National Hispanic Heritage Month Find out more here Month theme, observed 9/15-10/15
National Suicide Prevention Month Find out more here and here Month theme
Patriot Day Find out more here and here 11-Sep
Mexican Independence Day Find out more here 16-Sep
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Find out more here 17-Sep
International Day of Peace Find out more here 21-Sep
Labor Day Find out more here
International Literacy Day Find out more here
Rosh Hashana Find out more here
Yom Kippur Find out more here
Name of Holiday/Celebration Description Associated Dates
Global Diversity Awareness Month Find out more here Month theme
National Bullying Prevention Month Find out more here Month theme
LGBT History Month Find out more here and here Month theme
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Find out more here Month theme
World Teachers Day Find out more here 5-Oct
National Coming Out Day Find out more here 11-Oct
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Find out more here and here 12-Oct
Halloween Find out more here 31-Oct
Reformation Day Find out more here 31-Oct
Samhain Find out more here 31-Oct
Sukkot Find out more here
Navratri Find out more here
Name of Holiday/Celebration Description Associated Dates
Native American Heritage Month Find out more here Month theme
All Saints’ Day Find out more here 1-Nov
Veterans Day Find out more here and here 11-Nov
Transgender Day of Remembrance Find out more here 20-Nov
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women Find out more here 25-Nov
International Students’ Day Find out more here 25-Nov
Advent Find out more here Observed on the Sunday closest to 11/30
16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Find out more here Observed 11/25-12/10
Thanksgiving Find out more here Celebrated the last Thursday of the month
Diwali Find out more here
Name of Holiday/Celebration Description Associated Dates
World Aids Day Find out more here 1-Dec
International Day of Persons with Disabilities Find out more here 3-Dec
International Human Rights Day Find out more here and here 10-Dec
Feast of our Lady of Guadulupe Find out more here 12-Dec
Las Posadas Find out more here observed 12/16-12/24
Christmas Find out more here 25-Dec
Boxing Day Find out more here 26-Dec
New Years Eve 31-Dec
Hanukkah Find out more here
Kwanzaa Find out more here