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IIE-SI provides several celebrations in recognition and honor of various historical events, heritages, people, and movements in the advancement of social justice, civil rights, equity, and inclusion. These are opportunities to learn about the history and legacy of civil rights movements and leaders who advocated and made possible the freedoms and human rights we have today. Additionally, these are opportunities to learn, reflect, and engage within and beyond the Texas Stat to foster greater awareness, respect, and understanding of the needs to support historically minoritized and underrepresented communities. We hope to see you soon.
Martin Luther King Day
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was a minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the American civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King participated in and led marches for Blacks' right to vote, desegregation, labor rights, and won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year.
Black History Month
Black History Month is celebrated annually in the United States from February 1 to February 28. It is a time to recognize, celebrate, and honor the contributions, achievements, and legacy of Blacks/African Americans in the US.
Equally important, this is a time to raise awareness about the experiences and needs of Blacks/ African Americans.
Con Dolores y César
Texas State honors, remembers and celebrates César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta, co-founders of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW). An official holiday in the states of California, Colorado and Texas, and, although not a federal holiday, the U.S. President proclaims March 31st of each year as César E. Chávez Day in the United States. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to participate to honor Chávez's life and work.
Juneteenth | Celebrate Freedom
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free. Juneteenth has become not only a time to commemorate Black liberation from the institution of slavery, but also a time to highlight the resilience, solidarity, and culture of the Black community. It is a time for Black Americans to reflect on their ancestral roots.
Hispanic Heritage Month
IIE-SI observes National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) which celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens with Hispanic ancestry. They include: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. It also honors seven of our Latin American neighbors who celebrate their independence in September. Que viva!
During the fall semesters, Institutional Inclusive Excellence presents the Unity Welcome. The Unity Welcome is a celebration of diversity, people, cultures and community at Texas State. The program includes welcome remarks, live performances, food, fellowship and student organizational browse session. Join Us.
Día de los Muertos
Celebrated from October 31 – November 2, el Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their relatives who have passed away. To learn more and to participate in the community events, visit the Día de los Muertos webpage.
IIE-SI observes Kwanzaa (December 26 to January 1) which was established as a means to help Black Americans reconnect with their African roots. Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966 and is a celebration of community, family, and culture. It was created by Maulana Karenga, and based on African harvest festival traditions from various parts of Africa, including West and Southeast Africa. According to Karenga, the name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, meaning "first fruits".