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Employers, Put Diversity and Inclusion on Your Calendar in 2023

A diverse workplace can be many things, depending on the level of engagement you have with your employees. Use this calendar to choose events that will engage your employees, spark proactive dialogue or seed the beginnings of new training and awareness initiatives.

Jan 1

National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Learn about the history of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Jan 1

National Poverty Awareness Month

One in four working-age people with disabilities in the U.S. lives in poverty, according to the National Disability Institute. Take time to learn about poverty and how it affects families, friends, coworkers and our nation.

Jan 17

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Learn about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his impact on civil and human rights in the U.S.

Jan 27

The International Day of Commemoration

On January 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. This date marks a day of prevention and remembrance in tribute to the victims, families and countries affected by The Holocaust.

Feb 1

Black History Month

Start your campaign by highlighting black historyBlack Lives Matter and other initiatives to create learning and recognition opportunities at your workplace.

Feb 1

National Freedom Day

This date marks the anniversary of the signing of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in the U.S. on February 1, 1865. Learn more about the history of this day's proclamation and the ways it is recognized.

Feb 11

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Learn about the development of women and girls in science.

Feb 20

World Day of Social Justice

Learn more about this day of social justice.

Mar 1

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Visit the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities website to learn more about this day.

Mar 1

Women’s History Month

Learn more about what you can do to highlight women in the workplace.

Mar 8

International Women’s Day

Learn more about International Women’s Day.

Mar 1

Deaf History Month

Learn more about Deaf History Month.

Mar 15

Equal Pay Day

Because women earn less on average than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. The disparity is greatest for women of color. Learn how pay equity affects women.

Mar 21

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Learn about the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Apr 1

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Learn about child abuse prevention and how to support those in need.

Apr 1

National Minority Health Month

Learn about minority health and ways to expand awareness on the issues.

Apr 1

Workplace Violence Awareness Month

Learn more about preventing violence in the workplace.

Apr 1

World Autism Awareness Month

Learn more about autism.

Apr 22

Earth Day

Learn more about our planet, the home we all share.

Apr 25

National DNA Day

Commemorate the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953. Learn more about DNA from the National Human Genome Research and the laws in place to protect how DNA is used.

Apr 28

Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day

Learn more and set a positive example for the next generation.

May 1

Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Learn more about Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

May 1

Jewish American Heritage Month

Learn about Jewish American Heritage Month.

May 1

Mental Health Awareness Month

Learn more about Mental Health Awareness Month.

May 1

Older Americans Month

Learn how to engage older Americans and encourage them to share their stories. This year's theme is "Age My Way."

May 17

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Learn more about International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).

May 21

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Check out more information about this day.

Jun 1

Immigrant Heritage Month

Celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month.

Jun 1

LGBTQ Pride Month

Celebrate Pride Month and read up on your acronyms.

Jun 15

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day provides an opportunity for communities worldwide to promote understanding and identification of elder abuses like financial, physical, sexual, emotional, neglect and confinement. 

Jun 19


Juneteenth celebrates the freeing of the slaves in areas of the southwest, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863. Read the text of the proclamation.

Jul 1

Disability Pride Month

Visit the American Bar Association to learn about Disability Pride Month. And read the history of the Americans with Disabilities Act, too. #DisabilityPrideMonth

Jul 1

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Learn more about minority mental health.

Jul 14

International Non-Binary People’s Day

Learn more about non-binary people.

Jul 26

Disability Independence Day

Disability Independence Day recognizes the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act signed into law on this day in 1990.

Jul 30

International Day of Friendship

Sometimes a friend can make all the difference. Celebrate this International Day of Friendship.

Aug 26

Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the anniversary date of the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote and focuses on women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.

Sep 1

National Suicide Prevention Month

Talk to your employees about suicide prevention. Share information about health benefits and employee assistance program services (and whether they are confidential). Remove the stigma by showing your support for mental wellness.

Sep 15

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Learn about National Hispanic Heritage Month and the many contributions the Latin culture has made throughout the U.S.

Sep 17

National Employ Older Workers Week

Learn about National Employ Older Workers Week. Read SHRM's article on the vital role of an aging workforce.

Oct 1

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Learn about domestic violence and abuse, how to recognize the signs and ways to help.

Oct 1

Global Diversity Awareness Month

Learn more about global diversity.

Oct 1

International Day for Older Persons

The workforce is highly diverse and it spans multiple generations.

Oct 1

LGBT History Month

Learn about LGBT history and check out the acronyms (explained).

Oct 1

National Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying is a form of violence. Learn about bullying, how it affects youth and adults (like workplace bullying), and ways to prevent it.

Oct 1

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Learn more about employing people with disabilities, and what you can do to create an inclusive workplace.

Oct 11

National Coming Out Day

Learn about Coming Out Day.

Oct 11

National Indigenous Peoples' Day

Learn more about National Indigenous Peoples' Day. Read The White House's "A Proclamation on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, 2021."

Nov 1

National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Learn about National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Hang a seizure first aid response poster at work. Offer a seizure first aid training or encourage staff to wear purple in support.

Nov 1

National Family Caregivers Month

Learn more about National Family Caregivers Month.

Nov 1

National Runaway Prevention Month

Learn more about runaway prevention.

Nov 1

Native American Awareness Month

Learn more about Native American Awareness Month.

Nov 11

Veteran’s Day

Learn more about Veteran’s Day.

Nov 19

International Men’s Day

Learn more about International Men’s Day.

Nov 19

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Nearly 800,000 people die by suicide each year worldwide. International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is an event in which survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding and hope through their shared experiences.

Nov 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Learn more about TDOR.

Nov 25

Native American Heritage Day

Learn more about Native American Heritage Day.

Nov 25

Global 16 Days Campaign

Learn about 16 to 365 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Nov 25

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Learn about International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Dec 1

World AIDS Day

Learn more about HIV/AIDS.

Dec 3

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Learn more about the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Dec 10

Human Rights Day

Learn about Human Rights Day, the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted a Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Considered a milestone document, it proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being.

Dec 17

National Wreaths Across America Day

Honor and remember the veterans who served in the Revolutionary War to present-day conflicts: They were devoted sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers. Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath­-laying ceremonies at more than 3,400 locations across the U.S., at sea and abroad.