UNC Cultural and Heritage Month Celebrations

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to celebrating and recognizing traditions, history, and significant contributions of diverse cultures. As part of this celebration of diversity, Carolina departments and units host a variety of cultural programs and initiatives that educate the general public, form community, unite and inspire, and enriches the overall campus experience for the many Carolina students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and the larger and surrounding network of community members, visitors, and friends of the University. The following celebrations are national culture and heritage celebrations and observances traditionally and historically celebrated by universities, businesses, non-profits, and other major organizations:

Hispanic Heritage Month

Timeline: September 15 – October 15
Organized by Carolina Latina/o Collaborative (CLC), Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Contact: Josmell Perez, Assistant Director for Multicultural Programs & CLC|unc-clc@unc.edu
Website: http://clc.unc.edu/programs-3/hispanic-heritage-month/
Related Events: Exitos Graduation Ceremony

American Indian Heritage Month

Timeline: November 1 – November 30
Organized by American Indian Center, Provost Office for Academic Initiatives
Contact: Amy Locklear Hetel, Director for the American Indian Center|aic@unc.edu
Website: http://americanindiancenter.unc.edu/initiative/american-indain-heritage-month/
Related Events: American Indian and Ingenious Studies Graduation Ceremony, Elder in Residence

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Commemoration

Timeline: January (varies)
Organized by MLK Celebration Committee, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Contact: Josmell Perez, Assistant Director for Multicultural Programs & CLC|mlk@unc.edu
Website: diversity.unc.edu/mlk

Black History Month

Timeline: February 1 – February 28 (29)
Organized by Varying Units
Contact: Ada Wilson, Director for Inclusive Student Excellence
Website: diversity.unc.edu/bhm

Women’s History Month

Timeline: March 1 – March 30
Organized by Carolina Women’s Center
Contact: Christi Hurt, Director for the Carolina Women’s Center, Provost Office for Academic Initiatives
Website: http://womenscenter.unc.edu/programs/
Related Events: Women’s/Gender Week, University Awards for the Advancement of Women

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Timeline: April 1 – April 30
Organized by UNC Asian Student Association
Contact: ASA, asaatunc@gmail.com
Website: http://asaatunc.com/apahm/

LGBT Pride Month*

Timeline: June 1 – June 30
*UNC does not observe LGBT Pride Month in June but observes National Coming Out Day in October
Contact: Terri Phoenix, Director for the LGBTQ Center, Student Affairs|lgbtq@unc.edu
Website: https://lgbtq.unc.edu/
Related Events: Transgender Awareness Week, Ally Week, Lavender Graduation

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