Heritage Awareness Months

monthly cultural observances

In honor of the histories and contributions of our cultural groups at UNC Charlotte, we commemorate heritage months throughout the year. These recognitions are an opportunity for all to learn more about their rich tapestry of traditions, people, scholarship, history and current experiences. It is important to note that while these acknowledgements are attached to a particular month, learning and honoring their traditions and contributions is not time-limited. 

September

Hispanic Heritage Month
​​​​​​​​​​​​Latinx Heritage Month started as a weeklong celebration in 1968 and has grown to a month from September 15 through October 15 to incorporate the independence days of Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. The month recognizes the legacies and contributions of individuals who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. 


October

LGBTQ+ History Month
LGBTQ+ History Month honors members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming and queer communities. October was chosen to nationally commemorate LGBTQ+ history, political activism and contributions because several important dates fall within the month, including National Coming Out Day (October 11), Spirit Day acknowledging LGBTQ+ youth (October 20), Asexual Awareness Week (last week in October) and others.


November

Native American Heritage Month
In November, Native American Heritage Month celebrates the long history of  Indigenous people and communities. During this month we acknowledge the rich culture, unique traditions and ongoing contributions of Native Americans. 


February 

Black History Month
Black History Month began as a way to teach people about the history of Black Americans and their contributions to society, it sought to ensure that these perspectives were included in the national narrative. Today, Black History Month is a call to inclusion year-round and celebrates more than Black history, but also the ongoing achievements of African Americans in all realms of society.


March

Women's History Month
Celebrate Women's History Month at UNC Charlotte rom March 1 to March 31, 2021. Women's History Month began as a smaller "Women's History Week" on March 7, 1982,  and was later petitioned by the National Women's History Project to become a month-long celebration. The month of March officially became Women's History Month in 1987 and gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the historical contributions of women in the United States. International Women's Day is observed on March 8th.  


April

National Diversity Awareness Month
Since 2004, National Diversity Awareness Month has been dedicated to making people aware and appreciative of diversity. At UNC Charlotte, we not only honor our differences and similarities, we use this time to celebrate and learn about the unique backgrounds, cultures and traditions that binds us together to create the beautiful tapestry of community we call Niner Nation. Like all other campus-wide heritage month celebrations, we encourage you to use this time to engage in educational and community building opportunities.


May

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month*
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month began in 1977 as a smaller ten-day celebration in May and transformed into a month-long observance in 1990. The month commemorates the resilience and legacy, traditions, and culture of Asians, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders across the United States. 
*UNC Charlotte celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in April for student programming reasons. 

Jewish American Heritage Month
Jewish American Heritage Month was proclaimed by President George W. Bush on April 20, 2006. The President said, "We celebrate the rich history of the Jewish people in America and honor the great contributions they have made to our country."


June

Pride Month
Pride Month was created to commemorate the Stonewall Rebellion which took place on June 28, 1969, considered by historians to be the start of the modern LGBTQ+ movement. The month commemorates the progress of LGBTQ+ history and civil rights, and celebrates queer stories and the excellence of the community.