The Office for Diversity and Inclusion is excited to celebrate diverse Heritage throughout the year, learn more below. If your department or team are planning any celebratory activities open to LUC faculty, staff, or students, please be sure to post the information on University and Diversity & Inclusion calendars.

Heritage Awareness Calendar

In recognition of heritage awareness and commemorative days observed in the United States, we invite you to regularly check the Heritage Awareness Calendar below for updated information. 

Calendar Updates
Interested in adding heritage month and/or commemorative day suggestions to the calendar? Email diversityandinclusion@luc.edu




  • Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Third Monday)


  • Black History Month
  • Spring Festival (February 12)
  • Ash Wednesday (February 17)


  • Deaf History Month (March 13 - April 15)
  • Irish-American Heritage Month
  • National American Indian Heritage Month
  • Women’s History Month 


  • Ramadan (April 12 - May 12)


  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • Jewish American Heritage Month
  • Older Americans Month


  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month


  • None 


  • None


  • National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)


  • National Coming Out Day (October 11)
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • National Italian American Heritage Month
  • Indigenous People's Day (Second Monday)


  • American Indian Heritage Month
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Trans Day/Week of Awareness/Remembrance (November 20)


  • Human Rights Day (December 10)
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3)
  • Kwanzaa (December 26 - January 1)

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Loyola University Chicago is pleased to recognize National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, which takes place annually from September 15 - October 15. We encourage you to learn more about this annual recognition, which commemorates 'the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, & Spain.'  

There are many ways to explore and commemorate Latinx culture this month and year-round! Here are a few ideas to consider:    

Indigenous People’s Day

Loyola University Chicago is pleased to recognize Indigenous People’s Day which takes place annually on the second Monday of October. First celebrated in Berkeley California in 1992 as ‘A Day of Solidarity with Indigenous People,’ this important day recognizes the history and culture of Indigenous communities - which we encourage you to explore this month and year-round!  

Here are ideas to consider:     

  • Learn about the movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day as shared by the Smithsonian.  
  • Virtually explore the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian to learn more about the art, history, culture, and current events throughout the US and Canada. 
  • Learn more about the history and challenges of inclusion faced by Indigenous artists.