DEI – Events

November 2021 DEI Cultural Days

November was designated “National Native American Heritage Month,” in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. American Indians and Alaska Natives make up about 2 percent of the total US population, totaling approximately 6.9 million in 2019. The states with the highest populations of Indigenous persons are Arizona, California, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, North Carolina, and Alaska, in that order.

Sandhills Community College Native American Heritage Events:

Through the month of November:  Native American Heritage Display in the SCC Boyd Library Native American artifacts & history, literature, including adult & children’s levels, authors and DVDs                                                        

November is National Family Literacy Month, an opportunity for families to learn and read together. It also celebrates the work literacy programs do to empower families.

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes. This year’s focus is on prediabetes and preventing diabetes. The theme for World Diabetes Day is access to diabetes care. 100 years after the discovery of insulin, millions of people with diabetes around the world cannot access the care they need. People with diabetes require ongoing care and support to manage their condition and avoid complications.

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, more than three million people in the U.S. — and over 65 million people worldwide — live with epilepsy. People with epilepsy have seizures — unexpected electrical “storms” in the brain.

11/16:  Native American Storyteller and Dancers Ms. Kat Littleturtle, a storyteller will be appearing with members of the former Lumbee Dancers providing two 45 minutes performances in front of Boyd Library on The McNeill-Woodward Green.

11/16: History of International Day for Tolerance

It was started by the UN General Assembly, with the goal of getting educational institutions and the general public to see tolerance as a staple of society. And it came after the United Nations declared a Year for Tolerance in 1995. 

11/16: Dutch American Heritage Day

November diversity celebrations include a celebration of Dutch American heritage. The United States and the Netherlands have a longstanding friendship, commemorated on November 16th each year. This holiday dates back to November 16, 1776, when the Netherlands was one of the first countries to recognize the United States as a sovereign nation. As a result, Congress declared a national holiday!

11/20: Transgender Day of Remembrance

November diversity topics feature this commemoration. Established in 1999, it honors all transgender people who have lost their lives in anti-transgender violence. A day to memorialize those murdered due to transphobia

11/25:  International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Although women and girls account for a far smaller share of total homicides than men, they bear by far the greatest burden of intimate partner/family‐related homicide, and intimate partner homicide. Help is needed in all parts of society.

11/25:  Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year. In the US Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November while in Canada nearly one month and a half earlier (second Monday of October). Thanksgiving has deep roots in religious tradition, but nowadays it is primarily celebrated as a secular holiday.

11/30: Birthday of Shirley Chisholm

Our November diversity days conclude with a Happy Birthday to Shirley Chisholm! In 1968, she became the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress. She represented New York’s 12th congressional district. In 1972, she was the first Black candidate for a majority party’s nomination for the president of the United States, as well as the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.