The Student Center for Inclusion and Culture (SCIC) has an on‐going role in supporting the implementation of the campus‐wide celebrations for nationally recognized heritage/history months and other national and international related celebrations. The SCIC will be partnering with offices and departments though out Drexel to bring together this college wide effort.
Heritage/history month and other celebrations provide a forum where we can learn about less spoken histories and add a different perspective to the retelling of our past. Each celebration can incorporate film, cultural celebrations, and speakers to engage our local community in a much needed conversation on the existing realities of particular communities in the U.S. and internationally.
Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Latino Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. Click here for more information.
LGBT History Month (October)
LGBT History Month celebrated in October is a time when we as a Drexel community commemorate the history and achievements of the LGBTQIA+ community. We learn about unspoken histories and add a different perspective to the retelling of the past. The month incorporates celebrations and speakers to engage the Drexel community in a conversation on the existing realities of this community in the U.S. and internationally. We encourage you to attend one or more of the events at Drexel noted below throughout the month. The month was selected to better incorporate existing celebrations such as National Coming out Day (October 11).
Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)
During the month of November the Drexel Community observes Native American heritage Month. Providing an opportunity for the community to acknowledge the painful history Native Americans have endured while recognizing the Diversity and wealth our indigenous communities provide to the worlds tapestry. What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including "Native American Heritage Month" and "National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month") have been issued each year since 1994. Click here for more information.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov 20)
Transgender Remembrance Day Is Commemorated on November 28. This day was initially held to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28, 1998, launched the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco vigil the following year. This day provides a forum for transgender communities and allies to raise awareness of the threat of violence faced by gender variant people and the persistence of prejudice felt by the transgender community. This day’s programing creates an opportunity for the Drexel community to engage in conversation on the existing realities of this community while bringing awareness of the ongoing work needed to better create inclusive and safe environments for all our members.
Black History Month (February)
Black History Month is a time when we as a Drexel community commemorate the history and achievements of the black community. We learn about unspoken histories and add a different perspective to the retelling of the past. The month incorporates cultural celebrations and speakers to engage the Drexel community in a conversation on the existing realities of the black community in the U.S. and internationally.
Harvard-trained historian Carter G. Woodson through the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. His hope was to raise awareness of African Americans' contributions to civilization. The celebration was expanded to a full month in 1976, the nation's bicentennial. President Gerald Ford urged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." Click here for more information.
Women’s (Her)story Month (March)
Women's Herstory Month is a time when Drexel commemorates the history, achievements and contributions women have made in our community and the world. Women's History Month was first celebrated nationally in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized President Jimmy Carter to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982, as "Women's History Week." In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as "Women's History Month." Click here for more information
This month recognizes the achievements of women in all facets of life - science, community, government, literature, art, sports and medicine. The National Women's History Project (NWHP) encourages us to discover stories about our mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers to help us better understand their lives, the challenges they faced, and ultimately, ourselves and our own times. Click here to find out more about NWHP.
Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (April)
Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders, their histories, cultures and achievements. The term "Asian-Pacific" is rather broad and encompasses the entire Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia. Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in June 1977 through a congressional bill and has been celebrated in the month of May every year since. At Drexel we celebrate this important month in April. Click here for more information.
Social Justice Week (April)
The Student Center for Inclusion and Culture, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Hillel, Lindy Center for Civic Engagement and Residential Living Office present Social Justice Week scheduled late in the month or April every year. Social Justice Week allows the Drexel community to reflect on how we advocate to create a society that is more equitable to all its members, and how we as Dragons can impact change at all levels of society.
Pride Month (May)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated nationally in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, which were a tipping point for the gay rights movement in the U.S. Nationally, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and memorials are held to remember members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally and internationally. Click here for more information.
Power of Inclusion Speaker Series
This series includes distinguished national and international guest speakers who will share various perspectives related to diversity and inclusion to encourage critical thinking and promote global understanding. Find out more here.
For more information about individual events please visit our events page.