Your 2023 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Calendar

updated on 11 September 2023
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By Nirali Vasisht

As we get closer to the end of 2022, many companies are looking ahead to next year and beyond to ensure their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives are on track for 2023. One way to get started with this is by creating a DE&I calendar. 

What is a DE&I Calendar?

A DE&I calendar is a tool that organizations use to plan and track DE&I initiatives throughout the year. By having all of your DE&I events and activities in one place, you can ensure that you're staying on track and making progress toward your goals.

How can you make your DE&I calendar more meaningful (and non-theater-y)? 

It’s easy to churn out social media posts and email blasts announcing your allegiance to every holiday. Unfortunately, the root causes of a lack of diversity are often systemic and cultural — and therefore not a quick fix

Here are a few things you should keep in mind while creating a more meaningful DE&I calendar in 2023:

1. Define your DE&I Goals

The first step in creating a DE&I calendar is to define your goals that align with your team’s values. What does your organization hope to achieve with its DE&I initiatives? Who (and what events) are you trying to include with this exercise?

Some examples of DE&I goals include: 

  • Increasing racial diversity in the workplace 
  • Improving gender equity 
  • Enhancing cultural competence
  • Supporting employees with disabilities 
  • Creating an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ employees 

2. Pick Dates & Events That Align

Once you have defined your goals, it's time to start doing some research. What kind of events and activities would be best suited to your team? There are a lot of possibilities, so it's important to take some time to explore what's out there. See the master calendar below for inspiration.

3. Promote your Calendar Internally

Once you've created your calendar, it's time to publish and promote it! Make sure everyone in your organization knows about it and knows how they can access it. And don't forget to regularly email your team reminding them of what’s coming up in a particular month.

Diversity Calendar 2023 Dates & Events

Note: There are hundreds of events and holidays listed in this calendar, so we advise picking events and holidays that align with your team’s DE&I goals. That said, here's the master list you can choose from. 


Month-long observances:

  •         National Mentoring Month
  •         Poverty in America Awareness Month
  •         Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         January 1 – New Year’s Day
  •         January 4 – National Braille Day
  •         January 6 – Coptic Orthodox Christmas
  •         January 7 – Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
  •         January 15 – World Religion Day
  •         January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  •         January 22 — Chinese New Year (Year of the Rabbit)
  •         January 24 – International Day of Education
  •         January 26 – International Customs Day
  •         January 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day


Month-long observances:

  • Black History Month        
  • American Heart Month

Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         February 4 — Rosa Parks Day
  •         February 8 — Safer Internet Day
  •         February 11 – International Day of Women & Girls in Science 
  •         February 13 – International Epilepsy Day 
  •         February 14 – Valentine’s Day
  •         February 15 – Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
  •         February 15 – International Childhood Cancer Day
  •         February 18 – Maha Shivarati (Hindu)
  •         February 20 – World Day of Social Justice
  •         February 20 – FamilyDay (Canada)
  •         February 21 – Mardi Gras
  •         February 22 – Ash Wednesday


Month-long observances:

  •         Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
  •         Ethnic Equality Month
  •         Gender Equality Month
  •         Greek-American Heritage Month
  •         Irish-American Heritage Month
  •         National Colon Cancer Awareness Month
  •         National Kidney Month
  •         National Multiple Sclerosis Awareness and Education Month
  •         National Women’s History Month

Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         March 3 – Employee Appreciation Day
  •         March 6 – Purim (Jewish)
  •         March 8 – International Women’s Day
  •         March 8 – Holi (Hindu)
  •         March 14 – Pi π Day
  •         March 15 – Equal Pay Day
  •         March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
  •         March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day
  •         March 21 – Naw-Ruz (Baha’I New Year)
  •         March 23 –  Ramadan begins (Islam)
  •         March 23 – International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  •         March 31 – International Transgender Day of Visibility


Month-long observances:

  •         Arab-American Heritage Month
  •         Autism Awareness Month
  •         Celebrate Diversity Month
  •         Earth Month
  •         National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  •         National Volunteer Month

Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day
  •         April 2 – Palm Sunday (Christian)
  •         April 5 – Passover begins (Jewish)
  •         April 7 – Good Friday (Christian)
  •         April 14 – National Day of Silence (LGBTQ+)
  •         April 9/10 – Easter (Christian)
  •         April 13 – Passover ends
  •         April 17 – Laylat al-Qadr (Muslim)
  •         April 18 – Yom Hashoah (Jewish)
  •         April 20 – Start of Ridvan (Baha’i)
  •         April 21 – Eid-al-Fitr/End of Ramadan (Muslim)
  •         April 22 – Earth Day        


Month-long observances:

  •         ALS Awareness Month
  •         Haitian Heritage Month
  •         Indian Heritage Month
  •         Jewish-American Heritage Month
  •         Mental Health Month
  •         National Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  •         Older Americans Month
  •         South Asian American Heritage Month

 Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         May 5 – Cinco de Mayo
  •         May 17 – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
  •         May 21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
  •         May 22 – Victoria Day (Canada)
  •         May 23 – Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)
  •         May 29 – Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
  •         May 29 – Memorial Day


Month-long observances:

  •         Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
  •         Black Music Month
  •         National Caribbean American Heritage Month
  •         Pride Month (LGBTQ+)

Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         June 5 – World Environment Day
  •         June 11 — Race Unity Day
  •         June 12 – Loving Day
  •         June 19 – Juneteenth
  •         June 20 – World Refugee Day
  •         June 21 – National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada)
  •         June 21 – Litha, Summer Solstice (Pagan)
  •         June 24 St-Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)
  •         June 28– Eid al-Adha (Muslim)
  •         June Pride Day (LGBTQ+) (varies by city and country)


Month-long observances:

  •         French-American Heritage Month

 Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         July 1 – Canada Day (Canada)
  •         July 4 – Independence Day (USA) 
  •         July 9 – Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)
  •         July 11 – World Populace Day
  •         July 14 – Bastille Day
  •         July 18 – International Nelson Mandela Day
  •         July 19 – Muharram Islamic New Year
  •         July 24 – Pioneer Day (Mormon)
  •         July 26 – National Disability Independence Day (commemorates the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act)
  •         July 30 – International Day of Friendship


Month-long observances:

  •         National Civility Month

Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         August 7 – Purple Heart Day
  •         August 9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
  •         August 13 – Left-Handers Day
  •         August 17 – Marcus Garvey Day (Jamaican)
  •         September 6-7 – Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
  •         August 19 – World Humanitarian Day
  •         August 21 – Senior Citizens Day
  •         August 22 – American Business Women’s Day
  •         August 26 – Women’s Equality Day


Month-long observances:

  •         Hispanic Heritage Month
  •         National Guide Dog Month
  •         Suicide Prevention Month

 Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         September 4 – Labor Day
  •         September 5 – International Day of Charity
  •         September 11 – Patriot Day (U.S.A.)
  •         September 15 – International Day of Democracy
  •         September 15 – Rosh Hashanah begins (Jewish)
  •         September 16 – Mexican Independence Day
  •         September 21 – International Day of Peace
  •         September 21 – World Gratitude Day
  •         September 22 – National Native American Day
  •         September 24 – Yom Kippur (Jewish)
  •         September 29 – Sukkot (Jewish)
  •         September 30 – National Day for Truth & Reconciliation (Canada)


Month-long observances:

  •         Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  •         Bullying Prevention Month
  •         Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  •         Filipino-American Heritage Month
  •         German-American Heritage Month
  •         Italian-American Heritage Month
  •         LGBTQ History Month
  •         National Work and Family Month
  •         Polish-American Heritage Month
  •         Family History Month

 Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         October 2 – International Day of Nonviolence
  •         October 9 – National Indigenous Peoples’ Day (United States)
  •         October 10 – Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
  •         October 10 – World Mental Health Day
  •         October 11 – National Coming Out Day (LGBTQ+)
  •         October 12 – World Sight Day
  •         October 15 – Navrati begins (Hindu)
  •         October 16 – Birth of the Bab (Baha’i)
  •         October 16 – Waste Reduction Week
  •         October 19 – Spirit Day (LGBTQ+ anti-bullying)
  •         October 20 – Sikh Holy Day (birth of Guru Granth)
  •         October 22 – International Stuttering Awareness Day
  •         October 25 – Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
  •         October 31 – Halloween
  •         October 31 – Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)


Month-long observances:

  •         Diabetes Awareness Month
  •         Movember (awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer)
  •         National Native American, American Heritage Month

Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         November 1 – All Saints’ Day (Roman Catholic)
  •         November 1 – National Stress Awareness Day
  •         November 9 – Diwali (Hindu)
  •         November 9 – World Freedom Day
  •         November 9 – World Adoption Day
  •         November 11 – Remembrance/Veterans Day
  •         November 13 – World Kindness Day
  •         November 16 – International Day for Tolerance
  •         November 19 – International Men’s Day
  •         November 20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance
  •         November 20 – Universal Children’s Day (Human Rights, U.N.)
  •         November 23 – Thanksgiving
  •         November 25 – Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)
  •         November 27 – Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha (Baha’i)


Month-long observances:

  •         HIV/AIDS Awareness Month
  •         Universal Human Rights Month

Important DE&I calendar dates:

  •         December 1 – World AIDS Day
  •         December 3 – International Day for People with Disabilities
  •         December 5 – International Volunteer Day
  •         December 7 – Hanukkah begins at sunset (Jewish)
  •         December 9 – International Genocide Prevention Day
  •         December 10 – International Human Rights Day
  •         December 8 – Hanukkah begins at sunset (Jewish)
  •         December 21 – Yule Winter Solstice (Pagan)
  •         December 25 – Christmas (Christian)
  •         December 26 – Kwanzaa week (Celebration of African Customs & Cultures)
  •         December 26 – Boxing Day
  •         December 31 – New Year’s Eve

Action Item: Upload Leopard's DEI Calendar 

While we recommend picking & choosing your areas of focus, it can also be good to at least know what dates exist. If you want to add the full list of events, we've attached a CSV below (and instructions for uploadinG)

  1. Open Google Calendar. In the top right, click Settings. In the menu on the left, click Import & Export.
  2. Grab the dates below and save them in a sheet as a CSV for uploading.
  3.   Events are typically imported into your primary calendar, so you may want to talk to HR / Leadership if there's a preferred work Calendar to upload to.
Date,Event/ Holiday/ Celebration
January 1 ,New Year’s Day
January 4 ,National Braille Day
January 6 ,Coptic Orthodox Christmas
January 7 ,Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
January 15,World Religion Day
January 16,"Martin Luther King, Jr. Day"
January 22,Chinese New Year (Year of the Rabbit)
January 24,International Day of Education
January 26,International Customs Day
January 27,International Holocaust Remembrance Day
February 1 ,National Freedom Day
February 4 ,Rosa Parks Day
February 8 ,Safer Internet Day
February 11,International Day of Women & Girls in Science
February 13,International Epilepsy Day
February 14,Valentine’s Day
February 15,Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
February 15,International Childhood Cancer Day
February 18,Maha Shivarati (Hindu)
February 20,World Day of Social Justice
February 20,FamilyDay (Canada)
February 21,Mardi Gras
February 22,Ash Wednesday
March 3 ,Employee Appreciation Day
March 6 ,Purim (Jewish)
March 8 ,International Women’s Day
March 8 ,Holi (Hindu)
March 14,Pi π Day
March 15,Equal Pay Day
March 17,St. Patrick’s Day
March 21,World Down Syndrome Day
March 21,Naw-Ruz (Baha’I New Year)
March 23,Ramadan begins (Islam)
March 23,International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
March 31,International Transgender Day of Visibility
April 2 ,World Autism Awareness Day
April 2 ,Palm Sunday (Christian)
April 5 ,Passover begins (Jewish)
April 7 ,Good Friday (Christian)
April 14,National Day of Silence (LGBTQ+)
April 9/,Easter (Christian)
April 13,Passover ends
April 17,Laylat al-Qadr (Muslim)
April 18,Yom Hashoah (Jewish)
April 20,Start of Ridvan (Baha’i)
April 21,Eid-al-Fitr/End of Ramadan (Muslim)
April 22,Earth Day
June 5 ,World Environment Day
June 11,Race Unity Day
June 12,Loving Day
June 19,Juneteenth
June 20,World Refugee Day
June 21,National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada)
June 21,"Litha, Summer Solstice (Pagan)"
June 24,St-Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)
June 28,Eid al-Adha (Muslim)
June Pride,(LGBTQ+) (varies by city and country)
July 1 ,Canada Day (Canada)
July 4 ,Independence Day (USA)
July 9 ,Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)
July 11,World Populace Day
July 14,Bastille Day
July 18,International Nelson Mandela Day
July 19,Muharram Islamic New Year
July 24,Pioneer Day (Mormon)
July 26,National Disability Independence Day (commemorates the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act)
July 30,International Day of Friendship
August 7 ,Purple Heart Day
August 9 ,International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
August 13,Left-Handers Day
August 17,Marcus Garvey Day (Jamaican)
August 19,Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
August 19,World Humanitarian Day
August 21,Senior Citizens Day
August 22,American Business Women’s Day
August 26,Women’s Equality Day
September 4 ,Labor Day
September 5 ,International Day of Charity
September 11,Patriot Day (U.S.A.)
September 15,International Day of Democracy
September 15,Rosh Hashanah begins (Jewish)
September 16,Mexican Independence Day
September 21,International Day of Peace
September 21,World Gratitude Day
September 22,National Native American Day
September 24,Yom Kippur (Jewish)
September 29,Sukkot (Jewish)
September 30,National Day for Truth & Reconciliation (Canada)
October 2 ,International Day of Nonviolence
October 9 ,National Indigenous Peoples’ Day (United States)
October 10,Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
October 10,World Mental Health Day
October 11,National Coming Out Day (LGBTQ+)
October 12,World Sight Day
October 15,Navrati begins (Hindu)
October 16,Birth of the Bab (Baha’i)
October 16,Waste Reduction Week
October 19,Spirit Day (LGBTQ+ anti-bullying)
October 20,Sikh Holy Day (birth of Guru Granth)
October 22,International Stuttering Awareness Day
October 25,Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
October 31,Halloween
October 31,Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
November 1 ,All Saints’ Day (Roman Catholic)
November 1 ,National Stress Awareness Day
November 9 ,Diwali (Hindu)
November 9 ,World Freedom Day
November 9 ,World Adoption Day
November 11,Remembrance/Veterans Day
November 13,World Kindness Day
November 16,International Day for Tolerance
November 19,International Men’s Day
November 20,Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20,"Universal Children’s Day (Human Rights, U.N.)"
November 23,Thanksgiving
November 25,Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)
November 27,Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha (Baha’i)
December 1 ,World AIDS Day
December 3 ,International Day for People with Disabilities
December 5 ,International Volunteer Day
December 7 ,Hanukkah begins at sunset (Jewish)
December 9 ,International Genocide Prevention Day
December 10,International Human Rights Day
December 8 ,Hanukkah begins at sunset (Jewish)
December 21,Yule Winter Solstice (Pagan)
December 25,Christmas (Christian)
December 26,Kwanzaa week (Celebration of African Customs & Cultures)
December 26,Boxing Day
December 31,New Year’s Eve

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