October Inclusive Recognitions(ULS)

ULS Community Engagement and Belonging

Inclusive Celebrations:

October is full of inclusive holidays and events that reflect the diverse, global landscape in which we live and work. There are public holidays for virtually every part of the world, including religious holidays that may impact work schedules, schools, and more. Below is a list:

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • Filipino American History Month

  • Italian American Heritage Month

  • LGBTQ History Month

  • National Disability Employment Month

  • Polish American History Month

  • Red Ribbon and Anti-Bullying Month

  • October 4 - 5 - Yom Kippur (Judaism begins sundown on October 4)

  • October 3 - 7 - National Diversity Week

  • October 9 - 16 - Sukkot

  • October 10 - World Mental Health Day

  • October 10 - Indigenous Peoples Day/National Native American Day

  • October 11 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

  • October 18 - Mawild-al-Nabi-Islam

  • October 20 - International Pronouns Day

  • October 24 - Diwali (Hinduism)

  • October 31 - Halloween

  • Global Diversity Awareness Month

Filipino American History Month

Filipino American History Month or FAHM, is celebrated annually in October, commemorating the arrival of the first Filipinos in modern-day Morro Bay, California in the United States on October 18, 1587. Filipino-Americans were known as Luzones Indios back then, and they were primarily Filipino sailors who were enrolled in the Spanish navy as native laborers during the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade. From the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Esperanza, they arrived at the shores of present-day Morro Bay, California. Following years of campaigning and advocacy by both civil society and organizations, the Filipino American National Historical Society established Filipino American History Month in 1992. In 2009, Congress recognized the month of October officially as Filipino American History Month in the U.S.

Italian American Heritage Month

Italian American Heritage Month is celebrated every year to honor and recognize the centuries of achievements, successes, and valuable contributions of Italian immigrants and Italian Americans. Italian American Heritage Month was first celebrated in 1989 by a special proclamation of both Congress and President George H. W. Bush.

Over 5 million Italians immigrated to the United States between 1820 and 2000. Currently, there are over 26 million Americans of Italian descent residing in the United States. This makes Italian-Americans the fifth largest ethnic group in our nation. Each year Italians around the country take time to celebrate their heritage, history, and culture with festivals and parades.

Polish American History Month

Polish American Heritage Month is an annual designation observed in October. Across the globe, there are about 9.5 million Polish Americans. They represent about 3% of the American population. The first wave of millions of Polish people migrated to America between 1800 and 1860. The second and third generations of Polish people were born in America in the late 1900s and grew up as Americans with a touch of Polish heritage. The Polish community has always held onto a fierce passion for their culture, their independence, and their new country.

Ways to Celebrate:

Consider having a real celebration with friends or family this year, especially if you even have a touch of Pole in your heritage. Here are some things you can do, Polish or not, to celebrate this month and learn some more about this culture.

  1. Learn some Polish dances (the polka is fun and very popular!)

  2. Do some research about Polish literature and culture. Educating yourself on history always helps broaden your mind.

  3. Research famous Polish Americans.

Cook! Try making some pierogi’s or kielbasa. You won’t be disappointed. (Also, October 8 is National Pierogi Day, so there’s an added incentive.)

LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month is an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It was founded in 1994 by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson.


ULS participated in our first Unit Day on October 19, 2022

On the third Wednesday of October, plan to wear and share the color orange—as a tangible representation of the supportive, universal message that our society wants to prevent bullying, and is united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

Let's show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and send a visible message that no child should ever experience bullying
Unity Day

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. This year we RISE to ensure every woman has access to the screenings she needs and the support she deserves. When we RISE, we Rally in Screening Everyone.
Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week takes place each year from October 23 through 31st. Join us in our MISSION to help keep kids drug-free.

It's time to RISE