DEI – Events

May 2022 DEI Calendar

Mental Health Awareness Month
Raise awareness for individuals living with mental or behavioral issues and seeks to reduce the stigma that they experience.  Celebrating Mental Health Awareness month by understanding how stress impacts your body, develop a support network, and reach out to friends or family members that you believe may be struggling.

Older Americans Month
Established in 1963, Older Americans Month is led by the Administration for Community Living. It seeks to celebrate the accomplishments of the elderly as well as raise awareness concerning elder abuse and neglect.

Jewish American Heritage Month
Jewish American Heritage Month recognizes American Jews and their importance to our nation.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian Americans and the Pacific Islands have long enriched America’s history. Make a positive impact, and help stop Asian Hate with online sensitivity training.

5/1 – 5/7 – Public Service Recognition Week:
Since 1985, the first week of May has been set aside as Public Service Recognition Week, a time to thank dedicated public servants from Federal, state and local governments across the country. This includes National Teacher Appreciation Week.

5/5 – Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican Heritage as it commemorates the date that the Mexican army defeated the French army.

5/6 – 5/12: National Nurses Day and Week
National Nurses Day is the first day of National Nursing Week, which concludes on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.  The week was first observed in the US in October 1954 to mark the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s pioneering work in Crimea.

5/17: International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia
May 17 honors the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classifications of Diseases of the WHO in 1990. On this day, 132 countries coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights.

5/19: Malcolm X’s Birthday
Happy Birthday to Malcolm X! In the 1960s, Malcolm X was a prominent civil rights leader and figure in the Nation of Islam. He was assassinated in 1965. His birthday is celebrated on May 19th, and it’s known as “Malcolm X Day.”


Resources: Mental Health Awareness:

Video: Tackling Mental Health Stigma

Older American Month

Public Service Recognition Week

Cinco de Mayo

Asian American Pacific Islanders

International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia