Heritage Month Celebrations

Cornel West Samuel Merritt University

Black History/African American Heritage Month| February 1-28

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February, and the United Kingdom in October. The University hosts is annual celebration on the third Thursday in February and during this event the annual Dr. Cornelius Hopper Diversity Excellence Award is presented.

Black History Month Planning Committee is comprised of faculty and staff. 

LatinX Legacy Month| September 15-October 15

Please join the Samuel Merritt University (SMU) community in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) from September 15 to October 15. HHM is celebrated in the United States to highlight the many histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. In addition, many Latin American countries celebrate their independence day during HHM; Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and icaragua celebrate on September 15, Mexico on September 16, Chile on September 18 and Belize on September 21. 

LatinX Legacy Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and student volunteers. 

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month| May 1-31

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), now officially proclaimed Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month,takes place in May. It celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States respesenting well over 30 countries. The University celebrates in April due to the academic calendar and events are held April 1-15 of each year.

API Planning Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students. 

LGBTQ PRIDE Month| June 1-30

It is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

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