Diversity Programs and Resources

  • LGBTQ2S+ History Month (October)

    UAA is proud to celebrate LGBTQ2S+ History Month. In 1994, a coalition of education-based organizations in the United States designated October as LGBTQ2S+ History Month. In 1995, a resolution passed by the General Assembly of the National Education Association included LGBTQ2S+ History Month within a list of commemorative months (Library of Congress).The month was selected to incorporate National Coming Out Day on October 11th.

    LGBTQ2S+ is an acronym representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Two-Spirit. Some acronyms also include QIA at the end of LGBT, representing Queer (or Questioning), Intersex and Asexual.  The acronym is an umbrella term meant to encapsulate a general community, but in no way is representative of all terminology, experiences or self-descriptions.  

    The month is celebrated in recognition of the history of LGBTQ2S+ civil movements and to demonstrate support and solidarity with the LGBTQ2S+ community. Information is available about the timeline and specific milestones in LGBTQ2S+ civil rights.

    As always, when you are celebrating a culture that differs from your own, be sensitive to avoiding stereotypes about that culture.  It is important to be aware of the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation, so that we are not disrespecting other people’s values, beliefs and norms.

    LGBTQ2S+ History Month

    LGBT History Month Events

    Oct. 11 | All Day | National Coming Out Day

    Oct. 11 | 7:00pm | The Family Trivia
    The Family will host online Trivia! 

    Oct. 13 | All Day | The Family Instagram Takeover
    Join Melly Burger from The Family on Student Life & Leadership's Instagram and kick off the celebration of LGBT+ History Month.

    October 16 | 7:00pm | Twitter Watch Party
    Join us for a virtual watch party of The Birdcage to celebrate LGBT+ History Month!

  • Filipino American History Month (October)

    UAA is proud to celebrate Filipino American History Month. Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian American group in the United States.  Filipino American History month is celebrated in October to commemorate the first recorded landing of Filipinos in America.  This occurred in California in 1587. Congress gave official recognition to the month in 2009.  Filipino Americans have a history going back over 200 years of living in Alaska.  Called “Alaskeros” they were instrumental in working the canning industry and helping unionize cannery workers.  Filipino Americans make up one of the largest ethnic groups in Alaska today.

    For more information about the Filipino American experience, watch A Filipino American Story Since 1587 (7 minutes).  

    For a modern and uniquely Alaskan perspective, read We Have Not Stopped Trembling Yet by UAA professor EJR David, PhD (available in text and e-text at the UAA Consortium Library).

    As always, when you are celebrating a culture that differs from your own, be sensitive to avoiding stereotypes about that culture.  It is important to be aware of the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation, so that we are not disrespecting other people’s values, beliefs and norms.

    Filipino American History Month

    Oct. 15 | 6:00pm | A New Generation of Filipinx American Activism
    In celebration of Filipino American History Month and featuring Joshua Albeza Branstetter, Lynette Ypon Pham, and Genevieve Mina with moderation by E.J.R. David. Join the event on Zoom.

    Oct. 27 | All Day |  Instagram Takeover
    Join Kelsey Pascua's takeover of Student Life & Leadership's Instagram to celebrate Filipino American History Month.

    UAA / APU Consortium Library | Filipino American History Month Library Guide

  • Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15)

    UAA is proud to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 - Oct. 15. National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American society and culture and honors five of our Central American neighbors who celebrate their independence in mid-September. The recognition started with a week in 1968 and expanded to a month in 1988.

    The word Hispanic, first coined by the Census Bureau as a means of categorization, refers to those who come from Spanish speaking countries. Latino/Latina (Latinx in gender-neutral form) refers to those who come from countries in Latin America. While there is great overlap, not all Latin Americans speak Spanish and not all Hispanics are Latin American.

    There is great diversity within Hispanic/Latinx communities, including ethnicity, food, music, folklore, art, religion, language, and many of the other things celebrated during this month.  To learn more about the variety of cultures, you can research specific countries of origin or learn about the immigration experiences of Hispanic/Latinx Americans. PBS has an extensive web series called Latino Americans that covers any topic you could want to know more about.

    As always, when you are celebrating a culture that differs from your own, be sensitive to avoiding stereotypes about that culture.  It is important to be aware of the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation, so that we are not disrespecting other people’s values, beliefs, and norms.

  • November: National American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month

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