April Observances

April is full of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) observances, and while we cannot draw attention to them all, here are a few that we are highlighting for the month.

Celebrate Diversity Month: Takes place in April every year and was first started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity of the world around us. It is a great opportunity to remind us to increase diversity in the workplace and various academic fields. The month aims to get people to foster a deeper understanding of others.

Autism Acceptance Month: Previously named Autism Awareness Month, aims to celebrate and promote acceptance for the condition that occurs in one in every 54 children as of 2020 in the United States – calling for more than just ‘awareness’ but for public acceptance and celebration.

Passover, April 22 – 30, 2024: The festival of Passover is one of great joy, primarily celebrated in the home. Passover celebrates the freedom of the Jews from slavery in ancient Egypt. Passover 2024 begins at sundown on Monday, April 22nd and ends the evening of Tuesday, April 30th.

As we celebrate these observances, it is important to remember that we are all part of a global community. There are many other special holidays, celebrations, and observances that are happening, and we encourage everyone to recognize our differences and learn from one another. Take a moment this April to appreciate the rich diversity of our community and to learn something new about the people and cultures around us.