January 2022 Diversity Calendar

Happy New Year! The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is here to share the following notable January events for 2022. While it is not possible to cover every event, our hope is to identify a few that might inform your clinical, supervisory, teaching, and leadership efforts in LTC and other settings where you have influence.  

January 2022 Holidays and Observances:

January 4  World Braille Day: Held on January 4th of each year to commemorate the birthdate of Louis Braille, the inventor of braille, World Braille Day is observed in order to raise awareness of the importance of braille as a means of communication, issues of accessibility and independence, and the full realization of the human rights for blind and partially sighted people. 

January 16 – World Religion Day: Every year on the third Sunday of January, people from all cultures and backgrounds come together to celebrate the commonalities of different faiths around the world, of which there are over 4,000 recognized religions. The holiday was initiated by the Baháʼí in 1950 to promote interfaith harmony and understanding, as their faith emphasizes the importance of universal equality and unity. 

January 17 – Martin Luther King Day: The third Monday of January each year honors the life of American clergyman and activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Best known for the use of nonviolent civil disobedience as a means to advance the civil rights cause, he was one of the civil rights movement’s most prominent leaders from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. The date is celebrated as Civil Rights Day in some states, and commemorates Dr. King’s birth.

January 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day: This international day of remembrance is held each year to commemorate the memory of the over 6 million Jews and 11 million other victims of the Holocaust. It is, to quote the remarks of former president Barack Obama, a time to “mourn the loss of lives, celebrate those who saved them, honor those who survived, and contemplate the obligations of the living.” It was on January 27th in 1945 that Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Brief Summary on APA’s 2021 Inclusive Language Guidelines

Written by Michelle B. Jolson, Psy.D, PLTC DE&I Committee Member

In December, the APA released a 27-page document titled “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Inclusive Language Guidelines” as part of the organization’s unprecedented examination and acknowledgment of its role in “destructive social hierarchies.”  The forward of the document is written by the Chief Diversity Officer, Maysa Akbar, PhD, ABPP. She writes, “The organization is assessing the harms and is committing to true change. This requires avoiding language that perpetuates harm or offense toward members of marginalized communities through our communications” (p. iii). True to this goal, the document focuses very specifically on language. She shares that the document will “evolve as new terminology emerges or current language becomes obsolete.” The document is divided into two sections: Inclusive Language in Writing and Avoiding Microaggressions in Language. The first section begins with a glossary of terms related to equity and power, followed by these sub-sections: 1) age, 2) disability status, 3) race, ethnicity, and culture, 4) sexual orientation and gender diversity, and 5) socioeconomic status. Within these pages, some terms are given historical context. For example, here is the information provided for the term BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color): “People use the term BIPOC to acknowledge that not all people of color face equal levels of injustice. The construction of the term “BIPOC” recognizes that Black and Indigenous people are severely impacted by systemic racial injustices (Merriam- Webster, n.d.-a). The term BIPOC is still considered by many to indicate a hierarchy among communities of color. Instead of BIPOC, the preferred term(s) to use are “people/persons of color” and “communities of color” (p. 10). The second section of the document lists examples of culturally appropriative and pejorative language. It provides examples of “violent language,” “language that doesn’t say what we mean,” and suggested alternatives.  The Inclusive Language Guidelines is one step in APA’s attempt to acknowledge and examine its role of perpetuating marginalization. This attempt is concrete- providing definitions, historical context, terms to avoid, and suggestions for inclusive language. This document is intended to be “flexible” and continually updated.   

American Psychological Association. (2021). Inclusive language guidelines. https://www.apa.org/about/apa/equity- diversity-inclusion/language-guidelines.pdf  

December 2021 Diversity Calendar

As we come toward the close of the year, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Committee wishes everyone safe and celebratory holiday season. Indeed, December is notable as a month filled with multiple cultural observances and celebrations, many of which are not as widely recognized in the United States. We would like to use this opportunity to increase awareness and understanding about some of the major dates this month that may hold significance to you, your patients, as well as other staff in the long-term care settings where we serve.

Notable December Holidays and Observances:

November 28 – December 6 – Hanukkah: Also known as the “Festival of Lights,” Hanukkah (or Chanukkah) is a Jewish holiday recognizing the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar. Hanukkah begins at sunset Sunday, November 28, 2021 and ends at nightfall Monday, December 6, 2021

December 1 – World AIDS Day: December 1 is World AIDS Day. As we continue our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, let’s not forget the impact of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. and internationally. Many older clients have lost friends and families because of HIV/AIDS. Contrary to existing stereotypes, more than 50% of those with HIV are aged 50 and over. For helpful resources on HIV and aging, visit Older Adults | HIV.gov.

December 3 – International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD): Since 1992, the United Nations has established December 3rd as the International Day for People with Disability. It is a day celebrated globally each year to promote the understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities. Each year the day focuses on a different issue and the 2021 theme is ‘Fighting for rights in the post-COVID era.” For more information, visit International Day of People with Disabilities 2021 (idpwd.org).

December 10 – International Human Rights Day: Also on December 10, in 1948, the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being—regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world. Each December 10, the commitment to this universal document of rights and nondiscrimination is renewed and celebrated. 

12/16-12/24 – Mexico: Las Posadas – is a religious festival that commemorates events associated with the birth of Jesus and traditionally held in Mexico and parts of Latin America. Parties are held at different people’s homes each night during the celebration. Before each gathering, guests form a procession to mark Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn on the night of Jesus’s birth. At each stop, passages of scripture are read, and Christmas carols are sung.

December 21 – Yule Winter Solstice: Winter Solstice is celebrated across many nations. Yule generally refers to something related to 12/25 (the Yule festival, Yuletide) and is first celebrated among the Germanic people. Among Chinese people in different parts of the world, it’s often referred to as “Dong-zhi,” which means the arrival of winter. Families would get together to celebrate. Many Christmas traditions, such as decorating with evergreens and gift-giving are drawn from ancient Yule season celebrations. Some think of it as a time of reflection and togetherness, as well as hope. In the Northern Hemisphere, we begin to receive more light (i.e., the days are longer) again right after this day. Cultures around the world have long held feasts and celebrated holidays around the winter solstice. Fire and light are traditional symbols of celebrations held on the darkest day of the year.

December 25 – Christmas: Celebrating the birth date of Jesus Christ, Christmas is one of Christianity’s holiest observances and is a day marked by worship, gift-giving, and feasting. Orthodox Christmas, which occurs approximately two weeks later using the Julian calendar, falls on January 7 in 2022.

December 26 – January 1 – Kwanzaa: In 1966, Black Americans were searching for their identity, and challenging racism, discrimination, the right to vote, educational segregation, and white supremacy. During this period of civic unrest, a professor named Dr. Maulana Karenga was looking for a concept that would serve as an affirming and enduring celebration of Black life and community. Out of this turbulent period, Kwanzaa was created, based on several different harvest celebrations from different African cultures, such as those of the Ashanti and Zulu people. This year, as Black Americans continue to lead calls for justice against police brutality following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, Kwanzaa carries special meaning as a reminder of the holiday’s origins in earlier movements for racial justice and equality.

Thankfulness and Gratitude

With the Thanksgiving Holiday occurring tomorrow, this PLTC Blob post will share some thoughts on gratitude.  Practicing gratitude is a tool that not only is helpful for our therapy clients (of all ages and in all settings) but is also a tool that can improve our own wellbeing, resiliency, and positive affect.

Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has.  Practicing gratitude is an active, conscious, activity of recognizing the good things in one’s life that are independent of monetary worth (Psychology Today:  https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/gratitude).     

Research has consistently shown the benefits of practicing gratitude, including boosting happiness, fostering both physical and psychological health, and leading to physical and biological changes in our brain chemistry.  “In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships (Harvard Health: https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier).” Research studies also show that practicing gratitude reduces the use of words expressing negative emotions and shifts inner attention away from negative emotions and ruminating over them (Psychology Today).     

Practicing gratitude is something we, as clinical providers, can do ourselves to support enhanced self-care and increase our own well-being.  Practicing gratitude can also be utilized as a clinical intervention with our long-term care clients to help them cultivate more positive coping mechanisms and adjustment to their age-related losses and decline.

Consider these suggestions below to foster gratitude (in ourselves and our clients):

  • Keep a “gratitude” journal.
  • Write down (or even say or simply actively think about) “three good things” daily (these can be small moments).
  • Write thank you notes to others.
  • Engage in “mental subtraction,” which entails imagining what your life would be like if some positive events had not occurred.

Below, please find a more in-depth description on gratitude and how it pertains to the practice of psychology services. 

Articles and Resources on Gratitude:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/gratitude

https://www.health.harvard.edu/healthbeat/giving-thanks-can-make-you-happier

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_gratitude_changes_you_and_your_brain

https://www.happify.com/hd/the-science-behind-gratitude/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3010965/

November 2021 Diversity Calendar

On behalf of PLTC’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee (DEI) please see the below select holidays and dates for November 2021 that are important to individuals and communities from diverse backgrounds. We hope you find this November calendar helpful to your work in long-term care and other settings.

November is Indigenous Peoples’ Heritage Month, also called National Native American Heritage Month or American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

Resource: https://www.diverseelders.org/who-we-are/diverse-elders/aian-elders/

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to give recognition and support to the 78 million people who dedicate their time, often unpaid, caring for a family member in need.

Resource: https://www.mhanational.org/national-family-caregivers-month

For a free screening of Dr. Jessica Zitter’s Caregiver: A Love Story on November 2, 2021 at 5:30pm CDT: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healthy-perspectives-caring-for-caregivers-tickets-185186095597

November is also National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, which recognizes those in our communities impacted by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Other month-long commemorations include: Epilepsy Awareness Month, National Diabetes Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, COPD Awareness Month, Hunger Awareness Month, and “Movember” (Mustache November) for Men’s Health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and suicide.

Below is a list of other special dates in November 2021:

October 31-November 2: Día de los Muertos

November 7: Birth of Baha’u’llah

November 11: Veterans Day/ Armistice Day

November 16: International Day for Tolerance – A day that promotes respect for diverse religions, languages, cultures, and ethnicities.

November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance – A day to memorialize those murdered as a result of transphobia.

Resource: https://forge-forward.org/resources/aging/

November 25: Thanksgiving

November 28- December 6: Hanukkah

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Written by: Cecilia Poon, Ph.D., ABPP, HSP, on behalf of PLTC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Committee

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month #NDEAM in the United States.  This year’s NDEAM theme, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” highlights the need to ensure that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement as the nation continues to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although more than a quarter of the population has a disability, people with disabilities continue to be the largest minority group that have limited representation in our workforce. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 17.9% of people with disabilities were employed in 2020, compared to 61.8% of people without a disability. Recently, Dr. Kathleen Bogart, current co-chair of APA’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology, along with psychologist Dr. Lisa Aspinwall and student Afrooz Ghadimi, wrote a comprehensive article discussing “Why Do There Seem to Be So Few Disabled Psychologists?

Long-term care (LTC) and healthcare settings, by default, are designed with accessibility in mind. With existing tools and equipments available, one would assume that these settings are more welcoming and inclusive of employees with sensory, mobility, and other types of disabilities. While I have seen volunteers, therapists, case workers, nurses, and physicians who use hearing aids, walking sticks, crutches, and wheelchairs in these settings in Asia and North America, they are often the exception rather than the norm.

In the last two decades, I have witnessed dedicated and competent LTC workers with hearing loss, chronic pain, ADHD, and other conditions leave their profession or retire early because their work environment was no longer supportive of their wellness. The American Disabilities Act (ADA) and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provide a framework and resources to support disabled healthcare workers. However, even when a workplace is able to provide appropriate and reasonable accommodations, there remain a lot of public and internalized stigma, as well as microaggression.

As we acknowledge the devastating impact of staffing shortage on the LTC population, it is high time we considered whether LTC settings are accessible and inclusive places of employment, especially when the lingering effects of the pandemic prevail. Research is beginning to show that a notable percentage of healthcare workers have “long COVID syndrome,” which invovle symptoms similar to ME/CFS and may require certain job accommodations. Others may be coping with complex PTSD, which may warrant reassignment of duties and time-off for mental health treatment.

Ageism and ableism often go hand-in-hand. As more and more of our population are aging with disabilities or becoming disabled as they age, psychologists who serve older adults and disabled adults have the responsibility to combat implicit biases and systemic barriers facing disabled and older clients, trainees, and colleagues. It is up to each and everyone of us to become aware of and help change the potentially ableist culture in healthcare settings.

The issue of a “leaky pipeline” for disabled students in psychology is real. Amplifying, elevating, and centering the experiences of disabled colleagues is a first step. Perhaps we could learn from advocacy groups that support disabled healthcare workers, such as Dr. Lisa Meeks’ social media campaign #DocsWithDisabilities, and the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities. If you identify as a psychologist or student with disabilities and would like to network, advocate, mentor, or be mentored, the Disability Advocacy and Resource Network (DARN!) for disabled social, personality, and health psychologists and allies is a great resource.

For those of us who are allies and/or have the power and privilege to promote systemic change and provide support to students, trainees, and staff, here are some resources to make our recruitment, training, and workplace more accessible, equitable, and inclusive:

A Brief Disability Accessibility Guide by Haben Girma

APA Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology

JAN: Job Accommodation Network

UK Health, Disability and Becoming a Health and Care Professional

October 2021 Diversity Calendar

On behalf of PLTC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, we would like to share notable October holidays and dates important to diverse groups we serve in LTC.  We hope this list helps inform your clinical, supervisory, teaching, and leadership efforts in LTC and other settings. 

October is notable for being a celebration of Filipino-American, Italian-American, Polish-American, and German-American heritages! In addition, other month-long commemorations include:

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is designed around a campaign to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. 

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month was established to raise public awareness of Down syndrome, celebrate people’s abilities and accomplishments, and advocate for acceptance and inclusion of people with this common disorder. LGBT

History Montis an observance of LGBT history and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It is celebrated in October to commemorate the first and second marches on Washington in 1979 and 1987 for LGBT rights.

October 1: International Day of Older Persons aims to raise awareness about issues that older adults face and the need to ensure that people can grow old with dignity.

October 10: World Mental Health Day focuses on global mental health education, advocacy against social stigma, and awareness about the major effects mental health issues have on peoples’ lives worldwide.

October 11: National Native-American/Indigenous People’s Day celebrates the culture, heritage, and history of Native American people. It is recognized in several states and is gaining popularity in the rest of the nation as a replacement for the Columbus Day holiday. The increasing awareness that colonization by Spain and other European nations spelled disaster for the indigenous peoples has led to a shift in focus toward those who were here in the Americas before Columbus’s time.

October 11: National Coming Out Day is grounded in the liberation movement idea of the “personal being political,” that is, that one of the most basic but powerful tools for activism is to come out and live a life as an openly LGBTQ+ person. Today, the day celebrates the bravery of individuals to speak up and serves as a reminder that homophobia thrives in silence and ignorance: once people know that they have a loved one who is LGBTQ+, they are far less likely to maintain homophobic or oppressive views and instead become a supporter of equality under the law.

October 15: White Cane Safety Day celebrates the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the importance of the white cane as an important symbol and tool for independence. White Cane Safety Day laid the precedent for equal rights to access roads for the sighted and the blind. The canes are painted white as a visible indicator for sighted people that the user is visually impaired.

October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty owes its roots to this date in 1987, when over a hundred-thousand people gathered in Paris in a Call to Action for victims of extreme poverty and hunger. Today, the day mobilizes awareness to continue to address issues of global poverty and promote dialogue and understanding among people who live below the poverty line and their communities.

October 20: Birth of Guru Granth Sahib is a holy day in the Sikh religion that commemorates the day the Granth, the scripture considered to be the revealed Word of God, was given its permanent gurudom. Sikhs view it as their perpetual living Guru and guide. 

October 21: Spirit Day was started as a way to speak out against a rash of widely publicized bullying-related suicides of LGBTQ+ students in 2010. On this day, millions of Americans wear purple as a sign of support to LGBTQ+ youth and solidarity against anti-LGBTQ+ bullying.

October 22: International Stuttering Awareness Day raises public awareness about stuttering, which affects approximately one percent of the world’s population. The day also serves to let people know that help is available, challenge negative attitudes and discrimination, and celebrate the many notable figures who stutter and have made a mark on the world.

September 2021 Diversity Calendar

On behalf of the PLTC DE&I Committee, we are pleased to share below notable holidays and dates important to diverse groups across the USA. We hope these dates and resources help inform your clinical, supervisory, teaching, and leadership efforts in LTC and other settings where you have influence. 

September 2021

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Here’s a webinar that may be helpful to you: “Insights and Strategies for Reducing Suicide among Older Adults” https://acl.gov/news-and-events/announcements/webinar-suicide-prevention-month-insights-and-strategies-reducing

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15. This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.

September 4-11: Paryushana Parva, a Jain festival lasting about eight to ten days that is observed through meditation and fasting. Its main focus is spiritual upliftment, pursuit of salvation and a deeper understanding of the religion.

September 6: Labor Day in the United States. Labor Day honors the contribution that laborers have made to the country and is observed on the first Monday of September.

September 6-8 (sundown to sundown): Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year celebration, marking the creation of the world.

September 10: Ganesh Chaturthi, a Hindu holiday lasting around 10 days, where the elephant-headed Hindu God is praised and given offerings.

September 11: 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks.  Special commemoration, programming, and events held across the nation.

September 12: Grandparents Day.  https://grandparentsday.org/

September 15-16 (sundown to sundown): Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, a day of atonement marked by fasting and ceremonial repentance.

September 18: International Equal Pay Day, celebrated for the first time in September 2020, represents the longstanding efforts towards the achievement of equal pay for work of equal value. It further builds on the United Nations’ commitment to human rights and against all forms of discrimination, including discrimination against women and girls.

September 20-27: Sukkot, a seven-day Jewish festival giving thanks for the fall harvest.

September 22: Ostara Mabon, a celebration of the vernal equinox commemorated by Pagans and Wiccans.

September 24: Native American Day, a Federal holiday observed annually on the fourth Friday in September in the state of California and Nevada and on the second Monday in October in South Dakota and Oklahoma.

September 27-29 (sundown to sundown): Shemini Atzeret, a Jewish holiday also known as The Eighth (Day) of Assembly, takes place the day after the Sukkot festival, where gratitude for the fall harvest is deeply internalized.

September 28-29 (sundown to sundown): Simchat Torah, a Jewish holiday, marks the end of the weekly readings of the Torah. The holy book is read from chapter one of Genesis to Deuteronomy 34 and then back to chapter one again, in acknowledgement of the words of the Torah being a circle, a never-ending cycle.

August 2021 Diversity Calendar

PLTC’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee respectfully continues our monthly sharing of notable select holidays and other important dates for diverse groups.  We hope you find this August Diversity Calendar helpful as you provide services to older adult clients in long-term care and other settings.  

August 9: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People 

On this day, people from around the world are encouraged to spread the message of protecting and promoting the rights of indigenous peoples.  

August 9 (evening) -August 10: Al-Hijri  

Hijri New Year (also called the Islamic New Year or the Arabic New Year) is the day that marks the beginning of the new Islamic calendar year. 

August 16-August 23: Paryushana Parva 

A Jain festival lasting about eight to ten days that is observed through meditation and fasting. Its main focus is spiritual upliftment, pursuit of salvation and a deeper understanding of the religion. 

August 17: Marcus Garvey Day 

Celebrates the birthday of the Jamaican politician and activist who is revered by Rastafarians. Garvey is credited with starting the Back to Africa movement, which encouraged those of African descent to return to the land of their ancestors during and after slavery in North America. 

August 19: Hijri New Year 

The day that marks the beginning of the new Islamic calendar year. 

August 18-19 (sundown to sundown): Ashura 

An Islamic holiday commemorating the day Noah left the ark and the day Allah saved Moses from the Egyptians. 

August 22: Obon (Ullambana) 

A Buddhist festival and Japanese custom for honoring the spirits of ancestors. 

August 23: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition  

Also the anniversary of the uprising in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) that initiated the abolition of slavery in the Caribbean.  This holiday pays tribute to all those who fought for freedom and to continue teaching about their story and their values. On the night of 22 to 23 August 1791, men and women sold into slavery, revolted against the slave system in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) to obtain freedom and independence. The uprising set forth events that eventually led to the abolition of the slave trade. 

August 26: Women’s Equality Day 

Commemorates the August 26, 1920, certification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gave women the right to vote. Congresswoman Bella Abzug first introduced a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day in 1971. Since that time, every president has published a proclamation recognizing August 26 as Women’s Equality Day.  It honors the hard-fought victory of the women’s suffrage movement.  

8/29-8/30: Janmashtami 

Krishna Janmashtami, a Hindu celebration of Lord Vishnu’s most powerful human incarnations, Krishna, the god of love and compassion. Celebrations include praying and fasting. 

Submitted on behalf of the PLTC DE&I Committee 

July Diversity Calendar

Submitted on behalf of the PLTC DE&I Committee.

The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee of PLTC respectfully continues our monthly sharing of notable dates and holidays important to diverse groups whom we work with and among.

July Holidays and Important Dates:

July 8-9: The Martyrdom of the Báb is an observation in the Bahá’ís Faith on the anniversary of the 1850 execution of the Báb, a prophet who is considered the forerunner of the religion, in Iran at age 30.

July 14: International Non-Binary People’s Day is observed to celebrate the contributions of non-binary people around the world. Non-Binary Awareness Week is held the week before and is designated to raise awareness and organize around the issues faced by non-binary individuals.

July 18: Nelson Mandela International Day is a celebration of the life’s work of Nelson Mandela in ending apartheid in South Africa and serving as its first post-apartheid president. The commemoration was inspired by a call he made for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices. 

July 19-20: Eid al-Adha, or the “Festival of Sacrifice,” is the second of the two great festivals in the Islamic faith. It commemorates the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim to follow Allah’s command to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience. 

July 24: Asalha Puja is a Theravada Buddhist celebration in Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Laos, and Myanmar that commemorates the Buddha’s first pivotal teachings that came to him following his enlightenment. 

July 24: Pioneer Day is observed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to commemorate the 1847 arrival of Brigham Young and the first group of Latter-day Saint pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley of Utah after their exile from Illinois.

July 26: National Disability Independence Day celebrates the anniversary of the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the first comprehensive legislation in the world to prohibited discrimination based on disabilities. The day also calls attention to the barriers to access and opportunity that remain and advocates for areas of reform.

The mission of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is to promote deeper understanding of, and respect for, the intersections of identity and culture, especially considering age and disabilities, when working with long-term care residents, staff, and colleagues. We strive to build a diverse, inclusive, and empathically minded community that advocates for equity and social justice in long-term care settings.