Signature Programs, History Months & Cultural Calendar

Following review of the Summer 2020 Cultural and Religious Holiday University Task Force Recommendations and consultation between key campus constituents in Spring 2022, the DEIJ Core Team recommends the adoption of the following social justice-centered DEI programming initiatives.

1. Institutional Signature Events & Programs

In alignment with CLU’s Lutheran mission and identity as an HSI, CLU will commit to recognizing specific DEIJ programming to create a more inclusive, welcoming campus environment with an emphasis on student engagement, but opportunities for the full campus community to connect.

The University will commit to hosting six signature events/programs comprised of multiple elements. A signature program/event marks an opportunity to encourage the campus community (students, faculty & staff) to gather to celebrate and learn. TCD and CCEI will be the main sponsors who will make the necessary budget available for these signature events: TCD for faculty/staff and CCEI for students.  The HSI-DEI Director will serve as a coordinator to identify partnerships and supporting leadership (e.g., offices/units/academic programs/etc.). CCEI will coordinate student group engagement and general student-oriented programming.

Month DEIJ History Month Recognition Sponsors/Leads Partners
Fall Semester
Sept 15 –
Oct 15
Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month TCD & CCEI M&I, CEJ, Academic Services, Library, Sodexo, Latinx Affinity group, Student groups
October LGBTQ+/Queer History Month TCD & CCEI M&I, CEJ, Library, Sodexo, LGBTQ+ Affinity group, Student groups
November Native American Heritage Month  TCD & CCEI M&I, CEJ, CGI, Library, Sodexo, Student groups
Spring Semester
February African American History Month TCD & CCEI M&I, Academic Services, BSU, CEJ, Library, Sodexo, BEA Affinity group, Student groups
March Disability Awareness Month TCD & DSS HR, Library, Student Life/Service & Leadership
April Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (usually May) TCD & CCEI M&I, Academic Services, CEJ, Library, Sodexo, API Affinity group, Student groups

Institutional Signature Events/Programs Goals:

  • The Office of Talent, Culture and Diversity will work closely with the CCEI and campus community (academic departments, affinity groups, etc.) to provide support and co-sponsor signature events.
  • The Office of Talent, Culture and Diversity will work with the President’s office and Marketing to develop Signature Event announcements that will be shared with the campus community.
  • Signature events will incorporate educational opportunities, cultural celebrations, faith connections, and/or community and service engagement options.
  • Marketing and Communications Depts will support with communications, flyers, and social media posts etc.
  • Partnerships with Academic Departments and Campus ministries.

2. DEIJ Educational Recognition/Events/Programs

In addition to the six signature events/programs, the university will highlight several DEI events/programs throughout the year to educate and recognize the meaning around specific days of remembrance. 

Institutional Recognition Programs Month Sponsor/Lead Partners
Martin Luther King Jr. Day January TCD & CCEI CEJ, Library, Affinity groups, Academic Departments, Center for Global Engagement (CGE)
Lunar New Year (15 days) January/February Center for Global Engagement/CCEI TCD, Library, Student Union, Student groups
World Day of Social Justice February CEJ/CGE TCD
Caesar Chavez Day March CEJ/TCD CCEI, Library, Affinity groups, Academic Departments, Center for Global Engagement (CGE)
Women’s History Month & Women’s Day March CCEI/TCD CEJ, Library, Student groups
PRIDE Month June TCD/CCEI CEJ, Library, Campus Ministry, LGBTQ Affinity group, Student groups
Juneteenth June TCD/CCEI CEJ, Library
Indigenous People’s Day

October (formerly Columbus Day)

TCD/CCEI M&I, Religion Dept, CEJ, Library
International Week November CGE TCD, Libary
National Girls and Women in Sports Day Beginning of February Athletics, TCD CCEI

DEIJ Educational Recognition/Events/Programs Goals:

  • The office of Talent, Culture and Diversity will work with the President’s office and Communications to develop announcements that will be shared with the campus community.
  • DEIJ educational recognition events will incorporate educational opportunities, service, and/or community engagement options.
  • Partnerships with Academic Departments and Campus ministries.

3. Annual Calendar of Religious and Cultural Observances Awareness Campaign

There are too many days of observance to adequately address everyone, but a select representation of religious and cultural observance dates is provided to raise awareness of the observances.

The DEIJ Core Team recommends that Mission and Identity take the lead in identifying and establishing an appropriate visual highlight with brief description to include an annual (a) post via the Cal Lutheran social media platforms, (b) informational post on the HUB, and (c) inclusion on the Campus Weds Weekly Announcements. No funds requested, but in-kind support required.

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