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Welcome to our University's guide to celebrating Heritage Months. This guide is to help you navigate the different resources available at the Harrison Libraries to aid you in your research and exploration of national heritage months and identity acknowledgements. These recognitions are an opportunity for all members of the community to continue our learning and engagement. 

Heritage Month Events & Book Displays

Celebrating Heritage Months and Identity Recognition 

Throughout the year, UHart commemorates national heritage months and identity acknowledgements. These recognitions are an opportunity for all members of the community to continue our learning and engage in meaningful programming that recognizes, examines, and values historical legacies of all identities, celebrates its present, engages the diversity of lived experiences within our community, enhances our awareness, and raises visibility for communities across campus and beyond. Through community spotlights, guest speakers, panels, conversations, and research presentations, we foster an inclusive community at UHart. Read more about our commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DEIJ).

Please see below for a listing of heritage months and identity acknowledgements. While these acknowledgements and recognitions are attached to a particular month, week, or day, honoring and learning about these identities is not time-limited. We hope this calendar is a helpful tool to ensure we’re inclusive of all members of our community.  

Annual MLK Observance & Black History Month

We honor Dr. King in a campus-wide experience celebrating diversity, equity, and social justice 

February 1, 2023 - 12:45-2:00 p.m.

Location: Lincoln Theater & Zoom
Program Theme:  "Let's Go: Building Community Through Social Change" featuring keynote speaker Rosa Alicia Clemente.


In addition to our annual MLK observance, the University of Hartford community celebrates Black History Month during the month of February. Community members are invited to programs, celebrations, art exhibitions, and events all month long. The University of Hartford will continue its annual tradition of honoring and celebrating the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, at 12:45 p.m. We are pleased to announce that the 2023 MLK observance will once again be held in person at Lincoln Theatre and virtually via Zoom. Register here to join us.

The theme for this year’s observance is Let’s Go: Building Community Through Social Change.” As we celebrate the life, leadership, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we remember not only Dr. King’s inspiring words, but also his courage and his sacrifice in the service of justice. Dr. King’s genuine love for humankind inspires us today to denounce and oppose inequality, poverty, hate, prejudice, and violence wherever we encounter them in our society and in the world. There’s much more to do…together, across generations. Progress requires action. Let’s Go!

Annual Heritage Months & Observances

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15: Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month
October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October: LGBTQ+ Heritage Month
2nd Monday of Oct. 10: Indigenous People's Day
3rd Wednesday of Oct. 19: International Pronouns Day
Nov: Native American Heritage Month
Nov. 13-19: Trans Awareness Week
Nov. 20: Transgender Day of Rememberance
Dec. 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
3rd Monday of Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February: Black History Month

March: Women's History Month
March 8: International Women's Day
April: Arab American Heritage Month
April 18, 2023: Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day)
May: Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month
May: Jewish American Heritage Month
May: Mental Health Awareness Month
June: LGBTQ Pride Month
June 19: Juneteenth
July: Disability Pride Month


Questions, comments, or suggestions? Contact Christine Grant, Assistant Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement (; 860-768-4220) and/or Lisa Coté, Assistant Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (; 860-768-4932) 

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