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What is the UMA Heritage Month Calendar?

As part of the Fostering Inclusion objectives of its 2021-25 Strategic Plan to create a more inclusive and equitable educational environment, the University of Maine at Augusta has taken the initiative to introduce a dynamic Heritage Month Calendar. This calendar showcases various days of importance across cultural and religious traditions, provides additional resources for community members to learn about one another’s heritage, and shares ongoing online and in-person events at the university, local, and state level that anyone can participate in.

The goals of this calendar include:

  • giving institutional recognition to the value each member of the university community adds to the institution
  • highlighting the rich tradition and history of various demographics marginalized based on economic, ethnic, gender, national, religious, sexual, and other identities and abilities
  • emphasizing the central and essential role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in any pedagogical project
  • helping schedule university events and classroom instructions mindful of the needs of everyone
  • highlighting which identity groups might be in need of greater efforts to be included in the community through more inclusive event planning and institutional efforts

The calendar, featuring 91 holidays at present, is not meant to be comprehensive, and members of the university community are encouraged to utilize the submission form at the bottom of this page to suggest ongoing events pertaining to the different holiday traditions featured in the calendar as well as contribute information about holidays that are currently not included. The learning resources provided with each holiday are chosen based on the renown and potential reliability of a source and should not be considered as endorsements from UMA.

Consider submitting holidays currently not featured here or submit upcoming or past events at UMA, in Augusta, or in Maine pertaining to specific holidays that you want to see reflected on the Heritage Month Calendar.

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