The following materials are used to increase awareness of different perspectives, values, and practices. We also provide a limited funding opportunity for events and activities centered around identities and experiences that include, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, disability, religion, and health.
The following is a list of observances collected for your awareness. If you are aware of any additional celebrations, please email email@example.com to expand our list.
* indicates date(s) may vary from year to year.
(text) indicates additional names for observance.
- Aids Awareness Month
- 1, World AIDS Day
- 3, International Day of Persons with Disabilities
- 8, Bodhi Day
- 10, Human Rights Day
- 11-18, Chanukah
- 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe
- 15, Bill of Rights Day
- 18, World Arabic Language Day
- 21, Winter solstice
- 22, Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s Birthday
- 24, Christmas Eve
- 25, Christmas
- 26 – January 1, Kwanzaa
- 29, Wounded Knee Day
- 31, New Year’s Eve
- Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month
- 1, New Year’s Day
- 5, Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Birthday
- 6, Christmas (Irish/Amish)
- 6, Epiphany
- 7, Christmas (Orthodox)
- 14, Makar Sankranti
- 17, World Religion Day
- 18, Dr. Martain Luther King Jr. Day
- 18-22, No Name-Calling Week
- 27, Un Holocaust Memorial Day
- 28, Mahayana New Year
- 28, Tu B’Shvat
- African American History Month (Black History Month)
- American Heart Month
- Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
- 1, National Freedom Day
- 12, Lunar New Year
- 14, Valentine’s Day
- 15, Nirvana Day
- 15, Presidents’ Day
- 15, Susan B. Anthony Day
- 16, Shrove Tuesday
- 17, Ash Wednesday
- 20, World Day of Social Justice
- 25-28, Ayyam-I-Ha (Intercalary Days)
- 26, Purim
- Women’s History Month
- Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
- 13-April 15, National Deaf History Month
- Irish-American Heritage Month
- 1-19, Nineteen-Day Fast
- 8, International Women’s Day
- 11, Maha Shivaratri
- 15, Clean Monday
- 17, Saint Patrick’s Day
- 20, Vernal Equinox
- 21, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
- 21, Nowruz
- 28, Khordad Sal
- 28, Palm Sunday
- 28-April 4, Passover/Pesach
- 29, Holi
- 31, Cesar Chavez Day
- 31, International Transgender Day of Visibility
- Autism Acceptance Month
- Holocaust Remembrance Month
- Scottish American Heritage Month
- Arab American Heritage Month
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month
- Genocide Awareness Month
- Celebrate Diversity Month
- National Poetry Month
- Day of Silence
- 1, Holy Thursday
- 2, Good Friday
- 4, Easter
- 8, Yom Hashoah
- 13-May 13, Ramadan
- 14, Vaishkhi
- 20-May 1, Festival of Ridvan
- 20-25*, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week
- 21 Rama Navami
- 24, Armenian Martyrs’ Day
- 27, Theravada New Year
- 30, Lag B’omer
- Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
- Older American’s Month
- Jewish American Heritage Month
- Haitian Heritage Month
- Stroke Awareness Month
- Celiac Awareness Month
- National Mental Health Awareness Month
- 1, International Worker’s Day
- 1, Holy Saturday
- 2, Easter
- 3, Easter Monday
- 3, World Press Freedom Day
- 5, Cinco De Mayo
- 8, Lailat al-Qadr
- 9, Mother’s Day
- 13, Ascension Day
- 13, Eid Al-fitr
- 15, Peace Officers Memorial Day
- 17-18, Shavout
- 21 World Day for Cultural Diversity
- 23, Declaration of the Bab
- 23, Pentecost
- 25, National Missing Children’s Day
- 26, Visakha Puja
- 28, Ascension of Baha’u’llah
- 30, All Saints’ Day
- 31, Memorial Day
- LGBTQ+ Pride Month
- Caribbean-American heritage Month
- Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
- Men’s Health Month
- 5, World Environment Day
- 12, Anne Frank Day
- 12, Loving Day
- 12, World Day Against Child Labor
- 13, Race Unity Day
- 14, Flag Day
- 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
- 19, Juneteenth
- 20, Father’s Day
- 20, World Refugee Day
- 26, Anniversary of Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage
- 28, Stonewall Anniversary
- 4, Independence Day
- 9, Martyrdom of the Bab
- 13-15, Ullambana (Obon)
- 17-22, Hajj
- 18, Tisha B’av
- 18, Nelson Mandela Day
- 18-19, Day of Arafat
- 20-21, Eid al-Adha
- 24, Dharma Day
- 26, American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Day
- National Immunization Awareness Month
- 9, International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
- 9, Muharram
- 12, International Youth Day
- 18, Ashura
- 21, Senior Citizen Day
- 22, Raksha Bandhan
- 23, International Day of the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and it’s Abolition
- 26, Women’s Equality Day
- 29, Krishna Janmashtami (Jayanti)
- 5, International Day of Charity
- 6*, Labor Day
- 8, International Literacy Day
- 15-October 15, Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month
- 15-16, Yom Kippur
- 17, Constitution Day
- 6-8*, Rosh Hashanah
- 20-22*, Chuseok (Autumn Eve)
- 20-27*, Sukkot
- 22, Autumnal Equinox
- 23, Bisexual Visibility Day
- 24, National Heritage Day
- 27-29*, Shemini Atzeret
- 28*, Voter Registration Day
- 28-29, Simchat Torah*
- September 15-October 15, Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month
- Cultural Diversity Month
- LGBT History Month
- Disability Employment Awareness Month
- ADHD Awareness Month
- Filipino American History Month
- Italian American Heritage Month
- German American Heritage Month
- Polish American Heritage Month
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- Bullying Prevention Month
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month
- 2, International Day of Non-violence
- 5, World Teacher’s Day
- 8, International Lesbian Day
- 11, Coming Out Day
- 11*, Indigenous Peoples Day (Native American Day)
- 17, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
- 7-14*, Navaratri
- 6-7*, Birth of the Bab and Birth of Baha’u’llah (Twin Holy Birthdays)
- 24, United Nations Day
- 24-30*, Asexual Awareness Week
- 15*, Dussehra (Dasara or Dashain)
- 18-19*, Mawlid al-Nabi
- 31-November 2, Dia De Los Muertos
- 31, Halloween
- 31, Reformation Day
- 31-November 1, Samhain
- National Adoption Month
- National Native American Heritage Month
- October 31-November 1, Samhain
- November 1-November 2, Dia De Los Muertos
- 1, All Saints’ Day
- 2, All Souls’ Day
- 9-10, Kristallnacht
- 11, Veterans’ Day
- 14, Bandi-Chhor Diwas
- 14, Diwali
- 16, International Day for Tolerance
- 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance
- 25*, Day of the Covenant
- 26, Thanksgiving Day (Turkey Day or Thanks Taking Day)
- 29-December 24*, Advent
- 30, Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Birthday
The calendars below are meant to serve as a scheduling guide. It lists the top 4 most significant holidays from the largest global faiths and traditions. This is not a comprehensive list of religions or holidays within any group, students or employees may choose to observe a holiday from any tradition not included on the calendar.
Religious Observance Calendar Summary
Various calendar systems exist and the religious observances scheduled within one calendar system may shift dates when incorporated into another calendar system.
- Buddha’s Enlightenment Day
Also called Rohatsu or Bodhi Day. The day many Buddhist traditions celebrate the enlightenment of the Buddha.
- Buddha’s Birthday
The birthday of the Buddha.
Christian Catholic/Protestant/Eastern Orthodox
Catholic/Protestant: December 25
Eastern Orthodox: January 7
The birth of Jesus Christ
- Ash Wednesday
February 17, 2021 / March 2, 2022 / February 22, 2023
This day marks the beginning of Lent, a six week period of prayer and fasting in anticipation of Easter.
- Good Friday
Catholic/Protestant: April 2, 2021 / April 15, 2022 / April 7, 2023
Eastern Orthodox: April 30, 2021 / April 22, 2022 / April 14, 2023
The day Jesus was crucified.
- Easter Sunday
Catholic/Protestant: April 4, 2021 / April 17, 2022 / April 9, 2023
Eastern Orthodox: May 2, 2021 / April 24, 2022 / April 16, 2023
The celebration of Jesus being raised from the dead.
November 14, 2020 / November 4, 2021 / October 24, 2022
Festival of Lights. This holiday is typically celebrated by families sharing various traditional rituals in their homes.
March 29, 2021 / March 18, 2022 / March 8, 2023
Festival of Spring or Festival of Colors. This day starts the night prior and typically celebrated by families in India, Nepal, and other parts of Asia by partaking in various regional traditions.
Holidays begin at sunset the night before a listed calendar date and end at sundown the calendar day.
- Rosh Hashanah
September 19-20, 2020 / September 7-8, 2021 / September 26-27, 2022
Jewish New Year begins on the sunset of the first night and ends at nightfall of the last day. It is the beginning of a ten-day period of introspection and reflection.
Instructor Tip: The evening before and the first listed calendar evening begins the observance and work/assignments/deadlines should be avoided.
- Yom Kippur
September 28, 2020 / September 16, 2021 / October 5, 2022
Day of Atonement. It is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar marked with fasting, worship, and repentance.
Instructor Tip: The night it starts is known as Kol Nidre and work/assignments/deadlines should be avoided.
October 2-9, 2020 / September 20-27, 2021 / October 10-16, 2022
Festival of Booths. Commemorates the wandering in the desert of the Israelites as well as the fall harvest. While the festival of Sukkot lasts for 8 days, the first two and last two days are considered days of rest.
March 27 – April 3, 2021 / April 16-22, 2022 / April 6-12, 2023
Festival of Passover. It commemorates the Exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. While the Passover lasts for 8 days, the first two days and last two days are considered days of rest.
Holidays begin at sunset the night before a listed calendar date and end at sundown the calendar day.
August 29, 2020 / August 19, 2021 / August 8, 2022
Shi’a Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, Muhammad’s grandson. According to Sunni Muslims, Muhammad fasted and asked others to do so on this day as well.
April 13 – May 11, 2021 / April 3 – May 1, 2022 / March 23 – April 20, 2023
The ninth month of the Islamic lunar year and is the time in which Muslims observe fast from sunrise to sunset. It starts the evening prior and ends the last evening posted.
- Eid al-Fitr
May 13, 2021 / May 3, 2022 / April 22, 2023
Marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, and the holiest month in Islamic tradition. It starts on the evening prior and ends the evening of the day posted, it literally means “breaking the fast.”
- Eid al-Adha
July 20, 2021 / July 10, 2022 / June 29, 2023
Festival of Sacrifice. Commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael. God provided a sheep to sacrifice in Ishmael’s place. It starts the evening prior and ends the evening posted.
Religious Observation Resources
- Extensive lists of world religions is available at http://www.interfaith-calendar.org/ or https://www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/calendar-of-observances
- A simplified list is available within Washington at Common Religious and U.S. Public Holidays. Many students and employees miss school and important events to honor their religious and spiritual practices. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has provided a calendar to raise awareness about religious holidays practiced across the state of Washington and includes the following religions: Islamic, Hindu, Jewish, Baha’i, and Christian religions.
September: Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month (Sept.15-Oct.15), Prostate Health Month, Yoga Month, Pain Awareness Month
October: Cultural Diversity Month, LGBT History Month, Disability Employment Awareness Month, ADHD Awareness Month, Filipino American History Month, Italian American Heritage Month, German American Heritage Month, Polish American Heritage Month, Aids Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bullying Prevention Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month
November: Native American Heritage Month
January: Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
February: African American History Month, American Heart Month, Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
March: Women’s History Month, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, National Deaf History Month (Mar.13-Apr.15), Irish-American Heritage Month
April: Autism Acceptance Month, Holocaust Remembrance Month, Scottish American Heritage Month, Arab American Heritage Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month
May: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Older American’s Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Haitian Heritage Month, Stroke Awareness Month, Celiac Awareness Month
June: LGBT Pride Month, Caribbean-American Heritage Month, Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month,
The following links below provide guidance on dealing with discussions centered on difficult issues such as racism, politics, and tragedy. There are also workshops offered on these topics within our own Faculty Commons.
- Teaching in Difficult Times (U Cal Berkeley): “This page provides helpful classroom ideas for dealing with tragedies and crises.”
- Responding to Difficult Moments (U of Michigan): Contains a lot of links to subcategories on topics such as hate speech, politics, tragedies, etc.
- Guidance of Sensitive Topics (U of Maryland): Responding to major events.
- Difficult Dialogues (Vanderbilt U): “This guide seeks to help teachers feel more confident leading difficult dialogues by encouraging reflection on how such discussions connect with larger learning goals, and by providing specific strategies and resources that teachers can use to create more productive conversations in their classrooms.”
- Navigating Difficult Moments in the Classroom (Harvard U)
- Responding After a Tragedy: An In-The-Classroom Guide (U of Rochester)
- Guidance of Sensitive Topics (U of Maryland)
- Current Events in Your Classroom (FacingHistory.org): While not a university and aimed more at K-12 teachers, this site has a lot of discussion about addressing specific events.
Washington State Council of Presidents provided a press release in Sept. 5, 2017, that we will support our undocumented students. We also have guidance concerning immigration enforcement provided by the Attorney General, Bob Ferguson. All students are protected by FERPA and it “does not contain an exception for federal immigration agencies. Therefore, requests from these agencies to disclose student records or personally identifiable information contained in student records should be denied unless a FERPA exception applies (p.34, guidance concerning immigration enforcement). Exceptions include judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena, which requires well enough in advance to give the student and/or parents time to seek a protective order. If the judicial order or subpoena specifically orders the school to refrain from such notification.
Bellevue College processes ensures our staff that we will do the following verification procedures from an ICE Agent’s visit:
- Documents provided are signed by a judge.
- Properly identifies the agency with authority to search.
- Correctly identifies the search location(s).
- Includes the correct date and has not expired.
- References a specific person; if so, allow ICE to contact or question only that person.
After Hour Visits from ICE protocol:
- The AVP of Student Affairs, at (503) 567-9185
- Public Charge Rule – Takes effect Oct. 15th
- Keep Washington Working Act – Takes effect May 21st
- Know Your Rights
- Local Community Resources
- Immigrant Safety Plan for Youth and Children
- Bellevue College Resources & Information
- WASFA – A potential financial aid resource for students that is from Washington state.
- Effective, October 15, 2019 at 12:00 am Eastern Time, Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (Department of Homeland Security) determination of whether an alien applying for admission or adjustment of status is inadmissible into U.S. under 212 (a)(4) of Immigration and Nationality Act (INA or the Act).
The following acknowledgement statement was created by a Bellevue College faculty member, Christina Sciabarra. We want to recognize this goes beyond a gesture. It becomes meaningful when coupled with an authentic relationship and informed action. This beginning offers an opening to greater public consciousness of the history of labor that includes reconciliation.
If you choose to include a Labor Acknowledgement statement within your syllabus, please follow the information, guidance, and resources provided.
LABOR ACKNOLWEDGEMENT STATEMENT
We also pause to recognize and acknowledge the labor upon which our country, state, and institution are built.
We remember that our country is built on the labor of enslaved people who were kidnapped and brought to the US from the African continent and recognize the continued contribution of their survivors. We also acknowledge all immigrant labor including voluntary, involuntary, trafficked, forced, and undocumented peoples who contributed to the building of the country and continue to serve within our labor force. We acknowledge all unpaid care-giving labor .
Finally, we acknowledge that our institution relies on hourly, student, contingent, and unpaid labor and we recognize those contributions.
MOVING BEYOND ACKNOLWEDGEMENT
- Recognize how labor is valued in both compensated and uncompensated. Practice of mindfulness and appreciation for work done by others regardless of social status, income, or executive power.
- Discuss oppression and privilege in your class to disrupt hierarchies of power and control.
- Make connections to the environment and the impact it has on people, health, wellness, and community.
- Recognize people as contributors of the workforce and identify the contributions of people(s) without power or control within curriculum content.
- Recognize the power of representation within the curriculum content and challenge it with resources/readings/references of different work contributions of voluntary, involuntary, trafficked, forced, and undocumented peoples who contributed to our labor market.
- Facilitate students learning about different forms of work and visit different working environments outside of the classroom.
Acknowledgment alone is simply a gesture. It becomes meaningful when coupled with an authentic relationship and informed action. This beginning offers an opening to greater public consciousness of Native sovereignty and cultural rights, a step toward equitable relationship and reconciliation.
If you choose to include a Land and Territory Acknowledgement within your syllabus, please follow the information, guidance, and resources provided.
WHY INTRODUCE THE PRACTICE OF LAND AND TERRITORY ACKNOWLEDGMENT?
Offer recognition and respect. Counter the “doctrine of discovery” with the true story of the people who were already here. Create a broader public awareness of the history that has led to this moment. Begin to repair relationships with Native communities and with the land. Support larger truth-telling and reconciliation efforts.Remind people that colonization is an ongoing process, with Native lands still occupied due to deceptive and broken treaties. Take a cue from indigenous protocol and open a space with reverence and respect.
LAND AND TERRITORY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT
“We pause to acknowledge that Bellevue College resides on the traditional land of the Coast Salish Peoples that includes but is not limited to: Snoqualmie, Suquamish, Muckleshoot, and Tulalip Peoples past and present. We remember their connection to the region and recognize their struggles with systemic oppression. We commit to care for the land and center equity at the core of our (un)learning.”
MOVING BEYOND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
- Recognize how colonialism is an ongoing process and that the practice of mindfulness and reverence of the land is indigenous protocol.
- Discuss oppression and privilege in your class to disrupt colonization and assimilation.
- Make connections to the environment and the impact it has on people, health, wellness, and community.
- Recognize people as caregivers of the land and identify sustainability practices in curriculum content.
- Recognize the power of representation within the curriculum content and challenge it with resources/readings/references of different thoughts/behaviors/people.
- Facilitate students learn about different cultures and visit different cultural spaces outside of the classroom.
PDF available for Land and Territory Acknowledgement 9.13.2019
Faculty and staff at Bellevue College are invited to participate in a campaign to show your acceptance, support, and protection of a student and/or family member that discloses themselves as undocumented.
WHY BE AN UNAFRIAD EDUCATOR
We believe schools should be safe spaces that embrace all students and families, regardless of citizenship, national origin, unaccompanied children, and refugee status. The 1982 U.S. Supreme Court case Plyeler V. Doe ruled that undocumented children have a constitutional right to receive a free public K-12 education, which provides a means to become a “self-reliant and self-sufficient participant in society.” We hold this to be the “fundamental values necessary to the maintenance of a democratic political system.”
- me and white supremacy, by Layla Saad, a reflection process encouraging people with white privilege to examine their racist thoughts and behaviors.
- Is everyone really equal? by Ozlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo, addresses the common challenges to understanding social justice.
- The 8 White Identities, by Barnor Hesse, an ethnography on whiteness that breaks down the white gaze and behavior.
- Race Traitor, who taught you to be white? a podcast of a Jewish lesbian that participates in upholding white supremacy culture. Reflects on identity and upbringing to challenge whiteness.
- Whites, Jews & Us, by Houria Bouteldja, described as a “polemical call for a militant anti-racism grounded in the concept of revolutionary love.”
- Survey for White Artists by Latham Zearfoss & Ruby T,
compiles white artists’ responses to questions about locating whiteness within your work and the effect it has on your white identity and practice?
- Seeing White, by John Biewen and featuring Chenjerai Kumanyika, a podcast primer on the “buried” history of whiteness.
- White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo,
Explanation of white fragility and what you can do to fix it.
The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) has limited funds to assist with events that address equity, diversity, and inclusion. Limited funds are available for professional development with a requirement to provide service hours to the college.
Please note: If a contract is needed for the funding request, the requestor is responsible for completing all the contract forms, in a timely manner. Contract processing can take up to five weeks.
Three payment options exist (it depends on situation):
- Pay out of pocket, and submit reimbursement form to our office.
- Purchase Card may be used, requires visit to office to complete.
- Submission of an A19 payment to Finance, visit office to obtain budget number.
A committee of employees and students are supported by the College to utilize the knowledge, awareness, and skills of our community to facilitating change within our teaching and learning experiences.
Thank you to our employees and students that made this possible
Retreat Attendees (June & July):
Donna Miguel; Clifford Cawthon; Bonita Corliss; Jen Anderson; Ethan Anderson; Teresa Descher; Elizabeth Zahrt Geib; Rachel Wellman; LaMeshia Reese-Taylor; Cathy King; Yu-ting Su; Sue Nightingale; Tonya Estes; Jorja Gunderson; Gary Locke; DucMinh Le; Caroline Leffall; International Students Association; Fabiana De Assis; Cora Nixon; Carlos Marquez; Rebecca Chawgo; Marisa Hackett; Becky Turnbull; Jennifer Pang; BSU Coordinator; Chiew Jones; Jody Laflen; Kattie Dang; Stephanie Hurst; Gail Mcfarland; Brenda Ivelisse; Suzanne Moreau; Cesar Rangel; Megan Watson; Albert Lewis; Sajonna Sletten; Suzette Yaezenko; Eric Davis; Vanessa Lora Garibay; Warda Zaman; Jesse Gardner; Ronald Holland; Belle Nishioka; Marlowe Zoller; Zak Yousuf; Aron Segal; Oriana Estrada; Kanthimathi Radhakrishnan; Laura Nudelman; Rodger Harrison; Renee Nejo; Gabriel Brown; Laeticia Nkinsi; Robert Viens; AJ Duxbury; Cara Diaconoff; Beabe Akpojovwo; Lisa Lapointe; Kevin Allen; Mingzhen Wu; Rebecca Cory; Leslie Lum; Sapan Parekh; Elizabeth Harazim; Gita Bangera; Sara Gardner; Christina Sciabarra; Barbara Brodsky; Judith Hernandez Chapar; Glenn Jackson; Kristen Jones; Juan Esparza; Dennis Curran; Henry Amaya; Eva Juarez; Katie Bates; David Lopez-Kopp; Kim Pollock; Nan Ma; Brandon Lueken; Jill Powell; Isaiah Cole; Esteban Maldonado; Abner Pagunuran; Claudia Payne; Miranda Kato; Ellen Nichols; Iulia Zavodov; Jennie Mayer; Lindsay Haney; Jacqueline Miller; Pavy Thao; Liz Hollerman; Valencio Socia; Jordana Gouveia; Sharon Walia; Tammi Doyle
Proposal Committee (October):
AJ Duxbury; Miranda Kato; Karen Jo Fairbrook; Tammi Doyle; Jorja Gunderson; Sara Gardner; Rebecca Cory; Christina Sciabarra; Gita Bangera; Caroline Leffall; Sajonna Sletten; Ronald Holland; Zak Yousuf; Jordana Gouveia; Megan Watson
Guidelines Committee (December):
Megan Watson; Sajonna Sletten; Jordana Gouveia; Caroline Leffall; Christina Sciabarra; Sara Gardner; Gita Bangera; Jorja Gunderson; Miranda Kato; Rebecca Cory; AJ Duxbury; Tammi Doyle
Last Updated January 15, 2021