In celebration of the histories and contributions of our diverse communities, the University of Iowa unifies around heritage months, days, and identity acknowledgments throughout the year. These recognitions are an opportunity for all members of the community to learn more about our stories, traditions, people, scholarship, history, and current experiences.  

It is important to note the celebration of each legacy included in the calendar is not time-limited and this calendar is a helpful tool to ensure we're inclusive of all members of our community. 

The Division of Access, Opportunity, and Diversity invites you to share other widely recognized cultural observances for consideration. Your ideas and input help raise awareness and provide opportunities for cross-cultural learning and connection at the University of Iowa.





BMindful of holy dates.

Through our ongoing partnership with Think Iowa City, BMindFul is an initiative seeking to meet the needs of diverse communities by providing event and conference planners with the dates of holy days of major religious faiths for five years into the future. By providing these dates in advance, BMindful seeks to help planners avoid those dates when scheduling events.

When selecting dates for meetings and events, please consider religious observances. BMindful does not include all religious holy days. It focuses on three major holy days for each faith — days when faith members may choose not to go to work or send their children to school.

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Celebrating our Freedoms
Independence Day
International Non--Binary People's Day
Nelson Mandela International Day
Disability Independence Day

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Welcome back to Campus/On Iowa!
Week of Welcome events at the University Captial Centre

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Latinx Heritage Month
Labor Day
National Voter Registration Day
Black Excellence Week

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LGBTQ+ History Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Day

Filipino American History Month

Global Diversity Awareness Month=

World Mental Health Day
National Coming Out Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day


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Native American Heritage Month
Día De Los Muertos

National First Gen College Celebration Week
UI Asian Pacific American Cultural Center Week

Veteran’s Day
International Education Week
Transgender Day of Remembrance

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities
World AIDS Day

Human Rights Day




Happy New Year
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Celebration of Human Rights Week

UI Unity Week

National Day of Racial Healing

Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Black History Month
Lunar New Year

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Women's History Month
Disability Awareness Month

National Deaf History Month

#1Day for Iowa

LNACC In Action Week


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National Arab American Heritage Month
Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month
UI Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
UI Pow Wow

Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week


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Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

CIAE Graduation Celebration

Rainbow Graduation Celebration

Latinx/a/o Graduation Celebration

Native American Graduation Celebration

International Student Graduation Celebration

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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Pride Month

Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots