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DEI holidays to celebrate in September

We’ve curated a list of holidays for September to keep you in the loop on what’s most commonly celebrated. Plus download our 2024 DEI calendar.

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Enhance employee engagement with these September DEI holidays and celebrations.

At Electives, we are passionate about aiding companies in establishing inclusive work environments and high-performance cultures. With this goal in mind, we compiled a comprehensive list of September holidays you may want to observe throughout your organization. 

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Month-long celebrations in September

Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15)

Observed annually from September 15 to October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the contributions and diverse cultures of the American-Latino community. Celebrations often include festivals, art shows, conferences and community gatherings. Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the independence days of several Latin American countries. 

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is an opportunity to end the stigma surrounding mental health for those struggling with suicidal thoughts. Employers can create a supportive and productive environment for all employees by prioritizing mental health in the workplace.

Make the business case for mental health education in your organization.

Here are some ways you can support employees during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: 

  • Offer employee assistance programs (EAPs) to provide employees with confidential counseling and mental health support services. 
  • Provide training and education on mental health awareness.
  • Create a culture of openness and acceptance around mental health issues.
  • Promote work-life balance and flexible work arrangements and encourage employees to take time off and prioritize their mental health. 

Click here for resources from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month is an annual observance to increase mental health and addiction recovery awareness. This holiday is an opportunity to promote evidence-based treatment and recovery practices while recognizing the efforts of service providers and communities who support recovery. Click here for resources from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Go here for 9 alcohol-free ideas for team bonding.

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Additional September DEI holidays

September 2

Labor Day

Labor Day is set aside to recognize and appreciate the social and economic achievements of American workers. Labor activists fought to establish this federal holiday in the late 1800s to acknowledge workers' contributions toward the country's growth, success and general welfare. Labor Day is a perfect day to thank your teams for all their hard work and dedication.

September 9-13

National Compassionate Leadership Week

Today’s workers want a fresh approach to leadership — and they want to work for businesses that include compassion in their leadership practices. Successful companies strive to balance business growth with employee engagement and satisfaction. The High-Performance Culture Training and Modern Manager Training programs from Electives are both designed with today's employees in mind.

September 11

Patriot Day

On the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Patriot Day is a national observance in the U.S. that honors the memory of those who were killed. Patriot Day was first observed in 2002 and is considered a day of service in many states, counties and cities throughout the country.

September 15

National Online Learning Day

The internet has transformed education, providing flexible learning opportunities for people of all ages. September 15 is a day to celebrate the abundance of online resources and encourage everyone to invest in their education.

September 16

National Working Parents’ Day

Juggling work and raising a family can be difficult. National Working Parents’ Day is a special day to honor and appreciate the hard work of parents and guardians who balance multiple responsibilities to provide for their families.

Stepfamily Day

We all know that families come in all shapes and sizes. Today, blended families are becoming more common. This day celebrates stepfamilies - or “bonus” families as some call them.

September 20

National IT Professionals Day

IT teams are critical in keeping our networks and applications running smoothly, especially in hybrid and remote work environments. Take some time on National IT Professionals Day to show appreciation to the IT professionals in your organization.

September 22

World Car-Free Day

World Car-Free Day is celebrated in cities worldwide, encouraging walking and cycling instead of driving for a day. Before World Car-Free Day, consider encouraging your team to explore alternative transportation methods that could reduce their carbon footprints.

American Business Women's Day

September 22 is the founding date of the American Business Women's Association, which aims to bring together women of diverse occupations and provide them with opportunities to grow personally and professionally. American Business Women’s Day commemorates the contributions of more than 68 million American working women and 7.7 million women business owners and serves to celebrate their achievements.

September 23

Bi Visibility Day

Bi Visibility Day, also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, was started by bi activists from the U.S. in 1999, and the holiday has since spread to more than 30 countries. 

September 23-27

International Week of the Deaf

International Week of the Deaf is an annual celebration held on the last week of September to commemorate the first World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). This week is dedicated to raising awareness about the Deaf Community and promoting their human rights. The goal is to unite and advocate for the needs of the Deaf Community through coordinated global mobilization and media coverage.

September 24

National Singles Day

Being single in today’s economy isn’t easy. In the workplace, single people are sometimes expected to take on more or work longer hours. This day is a great opportunity to ensure your organization is inclusive, no matter the marital status.

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September 26

National Voter Registration Day

U.S. Census data from 2020 shows that 25% of eligible Americans are not registered to vote. National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan holiday to create awareness of voter registration opportunities. More than 5 million voters have registered to vote on this day since its inception in 2012.

September 28

Native American Heritage Day (CA & NV)

While most of the U.S. recognizes Native American Heritage Day in November, California and Nevada observe the holiday in September. This day reminds us to recognize and celebrate our indigenous people's diverse cultures and contributions.

*Indicates a holiday that begins at sundown the day prior.

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