In the coming months there are a handful of important holidays to consider celebrating in the workplace as part of a comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategy. The significance of celebrating more diverse holidays in support of inclusion is one of many ways to create a work environment that makes all employees feel recognized, supported, and able to be their authentic selves. Below are some upcoming DEI holidays along with some tips on how to celebrate in the office.
Autism Acceptance month, previously Autism Awareness Month was first held in April 1970 by the National Autism Society with the goal of creating awareness and educating the public on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The name changed in 2021 due to an increasing need for acceptance of individuals living with ASD, over awareness, with the goal of encouraging people to accept and include those with autism in their daily activities and community.
Mothers of children with autism tend to be primary caretakers and are more likely to be unable to work outside the home. It is estimated they earn 56% less than other mothers, and 35% less than those with children who have other disabilities.
Ways to accommodate include:
The month of May was chosen as Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month as a commemoration of the migration of the first immigrants from Japan to the United States on May 7, 1843. It also celebrates the completion of the transcontinental railroad by over 20,000 Asian immigrants on May 10, 1869.
AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) includes “all people of Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander ancestry who trace their origins to the countries, states, jurisdictions, and/or the diasporic communities of these geographic regions.”
Ways to celebrate include:
Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day began following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. It honors the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military and is observed on the last Monday of May.
You may have employees who are veterans, active-duty members, military spouses, military parents, or have a loved one who has made the ultimate sacrifice.
Ways to honor the holiday include:
At Circa, our ABI product is a DEI calendar with content that includes:
Learn more about how we can help you leverage DEI in your workplace and build high-performing, diverse teams using ABI.