November Inclusive Recognitions

Community Engagement and Belonging: Community Edition

Month Long Inclusive Recognitions:

  • Diabetes Awareness Month
  • Movember (awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer)
  • National Native American, American Indian, and Alaskan Native Heritage Month
  • Ukrainian Genocide Remembrance Month in Michigan

Important Dates:

  • November 1 – All Saints’ Day
  • November 2 – National Stress Awareness Day
  • November 8 - Guru Nanek Dev Ji's Birthday, an important Sikh holiday celebrating the founder of Sikhism
  • November 9 – World Freedom Day
  • November 9 – World Adoption Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day/Armistice Day
  • November 13 – World Kindness Day
  • November 13-19 Transgender Awareness Week
  • November 16 – National 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 24 – Thanksgiving
  • November 25 - Native American Heritage Day
  • November 26 – Baha’i


In 1990, George H.W. Bush officially identified November as “American Indian Heritage Month,” now more commonly referred to as “Native American Heritage Month.” According to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), “The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.”

Upcoming Events

Events: There are numerous events throughout the month of November to

highlight the history and accomplishments of indigenous peoples.

Below you will find a small sampling of these events.

Videos: Click on each Button below to view the videos

8 Incredible Inventions (American Indigenous Peoples)

“8 Incredible Inventions from the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas” from the History Channel

It Takes a Tribe

“It Takes a Tribe” by University Liggett Alumni Carsten Higbie and Markus Wiegel (2020)

Faculty Recommended Books:Click on each book below to find out which Faculty member recommended the book!

Podcasts/Radio Episodes:

Indigenous Politicians

American Indians / Indigenous Peoples / Native Nations Books (click on the image to see the list)

Diabetes Awareness

It’s our chance to show the world what life with diabetes is really like. Every year, our community comes together to ring the alarm on the diabetes epidemic. For the millions of us who are at risk for it, it’s a time to get educated, find resources and make sure all those around us are aware of their risk, too. And for the millions of us living with diabetes, it’s a chance to tell our stories and awaken the world. Until we find a cure, we will find each other and lift each other up.

Men's Heath Awareness Month

November is Men’s Health Awareness Month. Made popular by the annual event and hashtag #Movember, which involves growing mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, “Movember” is a mash-up of the word “mo” (slang for mustache in Australia) and November.