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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 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

Late September (updated yearly)
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 Center (CLC)
Contact: Josmell Perez, Director (
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: Qua Adkins, Academic Advisor, American Indian Center (
Related events: American Indian and Indigenous Studies Graduation Ceremony, Elder in Residence


Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Commemoration

January 17-26, 2021
Organized by MLK Celebration Committee, University Office for Diversity & Inclusion
Contact: Gretchen C. Bellamy, Senior Director, Education, Operations & Initiatives (


Black History Month

February 1 – 28/29
Organized by varying units



Women’s History Month/Gender Week

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

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month/Asia Week

April 1 – 30
Organized by UNC Asian Student Association and Asian American Center
Contact: Heidi Kim, Director Asian American Center ( or ASA (
Asia Week is celebrated at UNC March 23-31


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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