Heritage months are periods within the year that are designated to celebrate and acknowledge cultural and marginalized groups. These are times not only to celebrate, but also to educate others on various groups’ histories and contributions to our shared history.
UW–Madison honors its diversity by cultivating intentional experiences and spaces for students to learn and celebrate within and across identity, culture, and heritage to promote a more culturally aware campus community.
- January 31Global CaféCulture • Food • Friends4:30 PM, College Library, Rm 1250: 1st Floor Lounge
- February 2
- February 2An Educational Model for Black Linguistic & Cultural ReparationsInvited talk for language educators led by Dr. Anne Charity Hudley, Stanford University3:00 PM, Online
- February 2
Heritage Months Calendar
September 15 – October 15 – Latinx Heritage Month
October – LGBTQ+ Heritage Month
October 11 – National Coming Out Day
November – Native American Heritage Month
November 13-19 – Trans Awareness Week
February – Black History Month
March – Women’s History Month
March – MENA Middle Eastern North African Heritage Month
April – Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month
June – LGBTQ+ Pride Month
Heritage Month event archive
Like a flower through concrete, the Latinx community continues to break barriers that might hide us from the sun. We want to take the time this month to recognize the roots of our complex and growing history. Here at UW–Madison, we declare that we are not only seeds within the institution, but thriving networks of pride, justice, and love. This month, our theme is “Connecting our Roots,” as we are rooted in the past, the present, and the future.
What does it mean to be Asian Pacific Islander Desi American? This fundamental question of APIDA identity has been met with answers as diverse as the community membership itself. On one hand, we are defined as having social and geographic ties to both America and our respective ethnic homelands. On the other hand, APIDA identity is a political identity defined relative to other communities of color in a White dominated society. In either case, we can be found in The Spaces in Between.
From generation to generation music has been utilized by the Black Community as a form of activism, healing, and freedom of expression. From the use of negro spirituals to uplift the spirits of enslaved peoples, to the arrangement of contemporary hip-hop tracks to call out systemic racism and oppression, throughout generations music has been used by Black people to reflect their internal and external situations.
November is Native American Heritage Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the rich and diverse culture, history, and contributions of Native people. Holding its’ origin with a weeklong celebration during November 23–30, 1986, a proclamation was passed in 1990 to designate the entire month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. Each year, Wunk Sheek and campus partners host a series of events across the university to celebrate the rich history, culture, and heritage of Native people at UW–Madison.
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