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Diversity Council 2023 calendar

Learn more about key diversity events happening every month


January


January 17
Martin Luther King Day
"Life’s most persistent and urgent question: What are you doing for others?" - MLK

January 27

 "How Women Rise" Series
You want to take the next step in your career...but you're not sure what's holding you back. Break the 12 habits holding you back from accelerating your career. All associates are encouraged to join us for this impactful series.

 



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Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: "On Being Stuck"- Part One | 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Facilitating by Cheryl Ellis CEO and Founder at Ellis Business Enterprises LLC
Cheryl Bonini Ellis, Leadership Expert and High-Performance Coach, with over 30 years of rich and varied leadership experience, is the author of Becoming Deliberate: Changing the Game of Leadership From the Inside Out. She is the founder of Ellis Business Enterprises, LLC and creator of High Impact Leadership, a leadership development program and Leading with Impact and Intention, a leadership retreat for women of influence. Delta Delta Associates will receive an invitation via email.


February


Black History Month

An annual celebration of the achievements of African Americans, and a time to recognize the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Learn more about Black History Month.

February 7

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: Black History Month Trivia
To extend and deepen the study and scholarship of African-American history, all year long.

February 24th
Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: How Women Rise: Part Two
"The habits that Keep Women from Reaching Their Goals" | 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


March


March 22

Ramadan begins
Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims, the followers of Islam. It is celebrated as the month during which Muhammad received the initial revelations of the Quran, the holy book for Muslims. 

March 31

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: How Women Rise: Part Three - "Changing for the better" | 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
The March session will also be in recognition of Women's History Month. Delta Dental Associates will receive more information via email.




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April


Earth Month

Deaf History Month

Celebrate deaf history and, in particular, contributions made by the deaf community and the hearing impaired to American culture and society. Learn more.

Autism Awareness Month

The National Autism Society continues their efforts to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change. Learn more.

Arab American Heritage Month

Celebrates the Arab American heritage and culture and pays tribute to the contributions of Arab Americans. Learn more.


May


Jewish Heritage Month

Paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society Learn more.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Learn more.

Haitian Heritage Month

A time to celebrate Haitian historical and cultural traditions and to honor the unique history, language, and community of Haiti and Haitian-Americans.  Learn more.

May 5

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: Disability Awareness | 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Meet Special Olympics New Jersey athletes and hear their stories and how being a SONJ Athlete has impacted their lives. Delta Dental Associates will receive more information via email.


June


Pride Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. Learn more.

Caribbean Heritage Month

The month-long observance promotes the rich culture and heritage of the Caribbean American people and their contribution to the United States of America. Learn more.

Black Music Month

Created by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, this month celebrates the African American musical influences that comprise an essential part of our nation’s treasured cultural heritage. Learn more.

 June 14

Summer Reading Book Club | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
We're exploring books and the title will be announced in January. Participating associates will receive more information via email.

 June 16

Juneteenth


July


July 11

World Population Day
World Population Day seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, including their relations to the environment. Learn more.

 


August


August 26

Women's Equality Day
Women’s Equality Day celebrates the achievements of women’s rights activists and reminds us of the unique daily struggles that women face. Learn more.


September


September 15

Diversity Council Associate Event: Hispanic Heritage Month | 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Each year, Americans observe National Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

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. 


September 15-17

Rosh-Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah, literally the “head of the year” is the Jewish New Year. It is a time of inner renewal and divine atonement. Learn more.


September 24-25

Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year—the day on which we are closest to G‑d and to the quintessence of our own souls. It is the Day of Atonement—“For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G‑d” (Leviticus 16:30). Learn more.


October


National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Learn more.

Italian American Heritage Month

Recognizing the contributions and achievements of Italian-Americans. Over 26 million Americans of Italian descent currently reside in the U.S. — making up America’s seventh largest ethnic group.. Learn more.

Global Diversity Awareness Month

A reminder of the positive impact a diverse culture of people can have on society as a whole. Learn more.

German American Heritage Month

Celebrate German-American heritage and commemorates the founding of Germantown, Pennsylvania (now part of Philadelphia) in 1683.Learn more.

October 20

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: AIM Partnership, Big Brothers, Big Sisters | 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
We’re partnering with our AIM Team to bring you a great program featuring a wonderful organization, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, whose mission is to "create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth".  Delta Dental provides financial and leadership support to this organization, and Associate Impact Moments is the perfect time to spotlight the great work they do!


November


Native American Heritage Month

A time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Learn more.

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: Diwali Lunch 

We learned so much about Diwali in 2022 when our associates shared their traditions, personal photos and rich history with us.  We’ll celebrate together in 2023 by sharing foods that are customarily prepared and eaten during this beautiful season.

November 17

Delta Dental Associate Diversity Council Event: Native American Heritage Month | 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.  Join us to learn more about Native American cultures, traditions and history.


December


December 1

World Aids Day
World AIDS Day is dedicated to spreading awareness of the AIDS pandemic spread by the spread of HIV infection, and to mourning those who have died of the disease. Learn more.

December 7

First day of Hanukah
The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. Learn more.

December 25

Christmas Day

December 26

Kwanzaa 
An African American and pan-African seven day cultural holiday that celebrates family and community. Learn more.