Special Observances of Diversity Awareness

Jena Lerch
Rhode Island College highlights and celebrates the diverse members of our campus community each day and every month of the year.

Special observances of diversity awareness and heritage months are times throughout the year when we honor specific groups with marginalized identities for their existence in our world and for their contributions to our society.

Sponsored by the Unity Center and the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion

The Unity Center, in partnership with the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, compiles and presents a variety of resources here to support the college community in celebrating these important observations throughout the year.

RIC Honors these Important Observances:

Heritage Months

Awareness Days


  • October 9, Indigenous People’s Day
  • October 11, 2023: National Coming Out Day
  • November 11, 2023: Veteran’s Day
  • November 20, 2023: Trans Day of Remembrance
  • January 15, 2024: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • March 31, 2024: Trans Day of Visibility
  • April 22, 2024: Earth Day
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