Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is celebrated in November to showcase the rich culture of the native people of this land as well as honor the Native American and Indigenous People who have suffered injustices.

It was initially celebrated in 1916 by the state of New York and was not until 1990 that President George H.W. Bush established it as a month-long festival.


Date: Starts November 1st. 

Native American Celebration Schedule

*Please Note: 

  • Nov. 7th event has been canceled. They will be moving the content of the event online throughout this month.
  • Nov. 9th event has been canceled. Instead, this event will be postponed to a SERIES of events to be held in spring.
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Día De Los Muertos

Día de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that unites the living with the dead. It is celebrated over a two-day period at the beginning of November. 


Date: November 1st and 2nd. 


The midterm election is when you can vote for your representatives for local, state, and national offices. It will be held on November 8th, 2022.


Date: November 8th, 2022

National First Gen College Celebration Week

National First Gen College Celebration, held each year nationally on November 8 to commemorate the anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965, encourages colleges and universities across the country to celebrate the successes of the institution's first-generation faculty, staff, and students.

In 2018, the University of Iowa chose to extend the celebration to encompass a full week of events, which are hosted by departments and colleges across the university. Some events are targeted to specific populations, such as first-gen students in a specific college, while others are open to the entire campus community. 


Date: November 7th- 11th 

1stGen@Iowa Awards and Recognition Ceremony:  Thursday, November 10th, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., in the 2nd Floor Ballroom, IMU.

On behalf of the UI First-Generation Task Force, I invite you to attend the 2022 1stGen@Iowa Awards and Recognition Ceremony. The event will be held on Thursday, November 10th, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., in the 2nd Floor Ballroom, IMU. There will be a reception from 3:00-3:30 p.m., followed by the ceremony. This year’s keynote address will be given by Dr. James Ankrum. Dr. Ankrum, who identified as a first-generation college student, is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering here at the University of Iowa.

Attendees are encouraged to RSVP by Monday, October 31st.

At the University of Iowa, a first-generation student is a student who does not have a parent or legal guardian who completed a four-year degree. Approximately 20% of UI students identify as first-generation. The awards ceremony, which coincides with the University of Iowa's participation in the National First-Generation College Celebration (November 7-11), will feature the presentation of the 2022 1stGen@Iowa Awards. These awards recognize first-generation student achievements as well as outstanding advocacy and support efforts of faculty and staff. This year’s award recipients will be announced in late October.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. An ASL interpreter will be provided during the ceremony. If you are a person with a disability who requires other accommodations in order to participate, please call (319) 335-2062 or email in advance.

UI Asian Pacific American Cultural Center Week

APACC Week is a fall initiative brought by the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC). Every day for a week, the APACC puts on a series of events under an umbrella theme. Events come in all mediums from presentations, collaborative activities, and creative experiences. The events typically center around the Asian American identity and experience. 


Date: November 7th -11th

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APACC Week Schedule

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day is November 11th, 2022. 

Veteran's Day is a federal holiday for honoring military veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

International Education Week

International Education Week celebrates the many ways international education and exchange opportunities prepare citizens for community building in both national and international settings.


Date: November 14th-18th

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance is held on November 20th, 2022. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

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