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Honoring LGBTQ+ Pride Month in June

It’s time for Pride! As Pride Month, June is the time to proudly support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Two-Spirit Pride Month (LGBTQ+ Pride Month).

In 1999, Bill Clinton was the first U.S. President to officially recognize Pride Month. Barack Obama then declared June LGBTQ Pride Month in 2009.

Today, Pride Month celebrations include walks, parades, concerts, picnics, and many other events that draw millions of participants around the world. Many of these events include memorials for those members of the community lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The New York Pride Parade, for instance, is one of the largest and most well-known of the parades, and now routinely attracts more than 2 million people since 2019.

This Pride month, take time to show your support for the LGBTQ+ community and recognize the impact of LGBTQ+ individuals on history. This support and acceptance is crucial and will help to make the world safer for those in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as making vital spaces like schools and other community locations safer for LGBTQ+ youth. Join us today as we celebrate Pride and our colleagues and students who are a part of the LGBTQ community!

Learn more about the history of Pride month in our Medium article here.


Striving for a Better World with the International Day of Peace

Created by the United Nations in 1981, the International Day of Peace takes place on September 21. The 2023 theme is “Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals.” It’s a call to action that recognizes humanity’s individual and collective responsibility to foster peace, which contributes to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which would create a culture of peace for all.

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Slavery Remembrance Day

Created by UNESCO to memorialize the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade, Slavery Remembrance Day, also known as International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, is observed on August 23 worldwide. Upon this day, it's important that we remember that this observance is not only a reminder of the horrors of slavery as we honor its victims—it's also about our dedication across the globe to ensure that slavery, and the racism that caused it, is abolished once and for all.

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Buffalo Soldiers’ Day

Commemorating the formation of the first Army regiments to include Black Soldiers, Buffalo Soldiers' Day is celebrated annually on July 28, honoring the courageous achievements of over 180,000 Black soldiers, many of whom were enslaved people, who fought bravely with the Union during the Civil War.

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