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 enrich 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 are national culture and heritage celebrations and observances traditionally and historically celebrated by universities, businesses, non-profits, and other major organizations:

First Amendment Day

September 25, 2018
Organized by the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy
Contact: Tori Ekstrand, Assistant Professor, School of Media & Journalism

Latinx Heritage Month

September 15 – October 15
Organized by Carolina Latinx Collaborative (CLC)
Contact: Josmell Perez, Assistant Director for Multicultural Programs & CLC (
Related events: Exitos graduation ceremony, Latinx Alumni Connection


American Indian Heritage Month

November 1 – November 30
Organized by American Indian Center, Provost Office for Academic Initiatives
Contact: Amy Locklear Hertel, Director for the American Indian Center (
Related events: American Indian and Indigenous Studies Graduation Ceremony, Elder in Residence


Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Commemoration

January 14-20, 2017
Organized by MLK Celebration Committee, University Office for Diversity & Inclusion
Contact: Josmell Perez, Assistant Director for Multicultural Programs & CLC (


Black History Month

February 1 – 28/29
Organized by varying units
Sharbari Dey, Assistant Director for Education and Special Initiatives


Women’s History Month/Gender Week

March 1 – 30
The Carolina Women’s Center organizes Gender Week events
Gloria Thomas, Director for the Carolina’s Women’s Center
Related Events: University Awards for the Advancement of Women

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

April 1 – 30
Organized by UNC Asian Student Association
Contact: ASA (


LGBT Pride Month*

June 1 – 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 Affair (
Related events: Transgender Awareness Week, Ally Week, Lavender Graduation

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