Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
This marks the start of the new year on the Jewish calendar. As with any New Year’s celebration, it is marked with meals and fun. However, it is also seen as a time for reflection and prayer.
Throughout October, you can pay tribute to the diverse ideas, cultures and communities across the world as part of Global Diversity Awareness Month. Remember that you can look beyond national cultures and counties of origin. Think about things like disabilities, languages, religions and more.
While Pride Month is all about identity, acceptance and loving yourself, LGBTQ+ History Month takes a look backward. Many LGBTQ+ figures have been erased from the history books or had their truths hidden. This month gives us the chance to look at the distance and recent past to see the history that didn’t make the textbooks.
A month-long awareness campaign, it focuses not on the struggles that those with disabilities face, but specifically on how they are assets to workplaces and communities. This is a great time to confront hidden bias in yourself and your company.
This observance is used to both raise awareness of breast cancer and raise funds to seek a cure. Just be aware that some of the typical slogans used during this month don’t always land well with everyone. Look for inclusive ways to talk about breast cancer.
The United States is home to the largest Polish population outside of Poland itself. While many of those with Polish heritage are centered in the Midwest (Chicago, specifically), Polish-Americans are in all of our communities and greatly impacting our culture as a whole. October was chosen for this observance as it is the month Polish settlers first arrived in the United States.
The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was held in 1989. This month is an excellent time to raise awareness of domestic violence in all of its forms and make sure your employees understand that there are resources for them if they need to leave a dangerous situation.
Many workplaces have bilingual signage, but is Braille among the languages used on yours? National Braille Week aims to help people understand why Braille is so important and to encourage businesses to embrace it.
There is a lot of controversy over Columbus Day given the history of the man himself. As an alternative celebration, National Indigenous Peoples’ Day was made a federal holiday in 2021. It focuses on helping people discover the truth of colonial history from the Native perspective.
Living life in the closet is hard and isolating. This day is meant to help those who want to come out to do so. This is also a good time to focus on why we don’t out people before they are ready and how speculating on someone’s sexuality can be harmful.