Heritage Months

See below for a list of heritage months that are celebrated by units across campus and Inclusive Excellence community partners. Please use this page as a resource when planning events at UB.

Heritage Months

African American/Black History Month (February)

Celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and deepens our understanding of our Nation's history.

The Freedom Wall, 2017—by John Baker, Julia Bottoms, Chuck Tingley, and Edreys Wajed—on the corner of Michigan Avenue and East Ferry Street. Photograph by MK Photo.

Women's History Month (March)

Celebrates the struggles and achievements of American women throughout the history of the United States.

Picture of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson at a podium being nominated as the the 116th Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, with President Joe Biden smiling in the background.

Picture of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson being nominated as the the 116th Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court on February 25, 2022.

Arab American Month (April)

In April we celebrate National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM), the heritage, culture, and contributions of Arab Americans.

Arab American Heritage Month flyer with floral decoration from Arab American institute.

Flyer from the Arab American Institute Foundation which is a national civil rights advocacy organization that provides strategic analysis to policy makers and community members to strengthen democracy, protect civil rights and liberties, and defend international human rights. 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month (April/June)

Commemorates the events of June 1969 and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for LGBTQ Americans. Celebrated at UB in April. 

UB community members marching down the academic spine on North Campus with raibbow flags and a banner that reads "PRIDE" with rainbow colors.

The first Pride Parade and Festival hosted by the Intercultural and Diversity Center in April 2019. The group marched down the academic spine on North Campus and enjoyed a small festival in the Student Union lobby. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Asian Pacific Heritage Month (May)

Celebrates the contributions Asian/Pacific Americans have made to American history, society and culture. Celebrated at UB in April and May.

UB's Malaysian SA winning third place in International Fiesta 2019. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Jewish American Heritage Month (May)

Celebrates the contributions Jewish Americans have made to America since they first arrived in New Amsterdam in 1654.

Black and white image with Davis among a crowd of people.

Actor Sammy Davis, Jr. at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)

Celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic/Latinx Americans have made to American society and culture and to honor five of our Central American neighbors who celebrate their Independence days in September.

Image of Javier Avila in a suit and tie.

Javier Ávila is a distinguished educator who taught at the University of Puerto Rico and at Northampton Community College. He received the 2015 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year Award for his amazing work with students. Ávila is also a renowned poet and novelist whose literary excellence propelled him to international recognition.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October)

Celebrates the accomplishments in the workplace of persons with disabilities and reaffirms the commitment to ensuring equal employment opportunities to all citizens.

An image of the US with approximately 50 people standing on top of the nation representing many forms of diversity. The text read's "America's Recovery Powered by Inclusion. National Disability Awareness Month".

Poster for National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2021

Native American/American Indian Heritage Month (November)

Celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States.

Image of Hiawatha Belt (from www.onondaganation.org)