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Campus Cultural & Heritage Celebrations

Crowd of students walking on campus
Scenes from the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on January 8, 2020.
(Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)


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 cultural and heritage celebrations and observances that are traditionally and historically celebrated by universities, businesses, non-profits, and other major organizations.


First Amendment Day EventFirst Amendment Day

Late September (updated yearly)

UNC Center for Media Law and Policy
Website: HTTP://
Contact: Tori Ekstrand, Assistant Professor, Hussman School of Journalism


Dancer at CarnavalLatinx Heritage Month

September 15 – October 15

Organizer: Carolina Latinx Center (CLC)
Website: HTTP://
Contact: Josmell Perez, Director (
Related events: Exitos graduation ceremony, Latinx Alumni Connection


Dancers at PowWowAmerican Indian Heritage Month

November 1 – 30

Organizers: 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


MLK BanquetMartin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Commemoration

January 16 – 22

Organizers: MLK Celebration Committee, University Office for Diversity & Inclusion, Carolina Union Activities Board, Student Life & Leadership
Contact: Dway Stover, University Office for Diversity & Inclusion                                                                                                                              (


Singers at African American History Month eventBlack History Month

February 1 – 28/29

Organizers: Various units




University Awards for the Advancement of Women winners.Women’s History Month/Gender Week

March 1 – 30

Organizers: Carolina Women’s Center
Website: HTTP://
Related Events: University Awards for the Advancement of Women


Tibetan Buddhist creating sand mandalaAsian Pacific American Heritage Month/Asia Week

APAHM is celebrated April 1 – 30/Asia Week is celebrated at UNC in March
Organizers: APAHM is organized by the Asian American Center; Asia Week is organized by the Carolina Asia Center
Contact: Asian American Center (; Carolina Asia Center,


Students lifting rainbow colored clothLGBT Pride Month*

June 1 – 30
*UNC does not observe LGBT Pride Month in June but instead observes National Coming Out Day in October

Organizer: LGBTQ Center
Contact: Terri Phoenix, Director, LGBTQ Center (
Related events: Transgender Awareness Week, Ally Week, Lavender Graduation