BLACK BUSINESS MONTH
This month puts a spotlight on the Black-owned businesses contributing to the economy despite the historic barriers to access and success. Everyone is encouraged to seek out and support Black entrepreneurs throughout July to promote their ability to build wealth for the future.
Celebration Suggestion: Research ways to add Black-owned businesses to your supplier, vendor, and partner lists, and invited employees to celebrate by providing gift cards to, or gift bags from Black-owned businesses in your community.
NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING MONTH
Parents know what’s best when it comes to feeding their babies, but still face barriers to those choices – including difficulty and discrimination around breastfeeding. This month is about advocating for mothers to feed their babies without dealing with public shame.
Observance Suggestion: Create access for mothers to feed their children. Private rooms to pump without disturbance. Time away from work without feeling rushed. Snacks to replenish their energy and a refrigerator to store pumped milk.
NATIONAL CIVILITY MONTH
Being civil to other humans is what makes the world a better place. This month, we put focus on the Golden Rule: treat others the way you want to be treated, regardless of differences in opinions and perspectives.
Observance Suggestion: Host a workshop to practice kindness, empathy, and respect within your organization.
Important D&I calendar dates:
August 7 – Purple Heart Day (same every year)
A Purple Heart is given to men and women who bravely represent their country and are either wounded or killed. Purple Heart Day was created to honor and remember these people and their sacrifices.
Observance Suggestion: Pay your respects and support wounded Veterans by donating to the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Invite someone who earned a Purple Heart to share their experiences with your organization.
August 9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (same every year)
Indigenous people around the world are striving to keep their cultures and histories alive. Today, we encourage you to deepen your understanding of Indigenous issues from around the world and learn from their leadership models.
Observance Suggestion: Share an acknowledgement with employees of the indigenous people who inhabited the land where your business is based along with ways to support causes important to the indigenous community near you.
August 17 – Marcus Garvey Day (same every year)
Marcus Garvey was a Jamaican-born political activist, orator, publisher, journalist, and entrepreneur. He was also a hero for fighting for the rights of Afro-Jamaicans. This day celebrates his achievements and ideology centered around empowerment.
Celebration Suggestion: Jamaicans celebrate today with a wreath-laying ceremony in National Heroes Park. However, we suggest organizations take today to learn more about the rights of Afro-Jamaicans.
August 19 – World Humanitarian Day (same every year)
This day honors all humanitarian aid workers around the world, in memory of the United Nations bombing in Iraq in 2009. Humanitarians provide life-saving assistance to people, especially in conflict zones and in vulnerable situations. The theme this year will recognize heroes who supported at-risk communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Observance Suggestion: You don’t have to be a humanitarian in a war zone. You can help alleviate people’s suffering within your community. Offer up your time volunteering at a homeless shelter or nursing home. Poll your employees to see where would be the most effective use of volunteer hours, too.
August 21 – Senior Citizens Day (same every year)
National Senior Citizens Day is an opportunity to let the senior citizens in your life know how much you appreciate them. Senior citizens are a strong presence in our communities and workforce and often have the valuable life experience to teach those around them.
Observance Suggestion: Celebrate age diversity within your organization. Make it fun and have a grandparents’ lunch with employees. Or create an opportunity for teams to volunteer for a project that benefits the elderly in their community.
August 26 – Women’s Equality Day (same every year)
While American women’s right to vote was ratified on August 20, 1920, it wasn’t certified until the 26th. This day commemorates that important step forward as among the first in an ongoing march to equality for women in every aspect of life.
Observance Suggestion: Measure the representation of women in your organization’s leadership across levels to identify whether there’s an equality gap. If there isn’t celebrate! If there is, commit to developing more women leaders and begin investing in a culture that supports equal opportunity for all.