Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Sunday, January 1, 2023

    • All Day

    Kwanzaa is an annual seven-day African-American and pan-African holiday celebration that takes place from December 26 to January 1. For seven days, a principle (Nguzo Saba) is reflected upon such as unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

    • All Day

    A day of particular recognition of the role of Mary in the gospel events, celebrating her title as "Mother of God," which summarizes and affirms the conviction that Jesus is truly both God and born of a woman. Catholics celebrating Mary, Mother of God often attend Mass this day, and some employees may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe.

Thursday, January 5, 2023

Friday, January 6, 2023

    • All Day

    A celebration of the biblical event of the Magi visiting the Christ child and bearing gifts to him and his family. It is usually celebrated with a large feast.

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    Commemorates the visit of the Magi (or Wise Men) to the Holy Family, and bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. At the Epiphany service, chalk is often blessed and distributed for worshippers to take to their homes. The chalk is used to mark over the outside of the front door “20 + C + M + B + 20” (using the correct year).

Saturday, January 7, 2023

    • All Day

    Because the Eastern Orthodox use the Julian Calendar and the Western churches use the Gregorian Calendar, Eastern Orthodox Christmas falls on January 7 in the Gregorian (Western) calendar. Christians believe the conception and birth of Jesus is how the Son of God became a human.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Friday, January 13, 2023

    • All Day

    This observance commemorates the Guru Angad Dev who was the second of the ten Gurus who founded Sikhism.

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    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First of Kalimát (Words) begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. It is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

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    Maghi commemorates the fight of the Chali Ukte against the Imperial army in 1705. The holidays is often celebrated by ritual bathing and eating traditional food.

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Monday, January 16, 2023

  • Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. January 15-28, 2023. Website: go.illinois.edu/MLK2023
    • 8:30 - 11:00 am
    • Vineyard Church (1500 N. Lincoln Avenue, Urbana)

    Community members are invited to attend the 38th Annual Unity Breakfast. Please join us as we honor Dr. King, the most important voice of the civil rights movement and recognize the 2023 Dr. King Scholarship recipients.

  • Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. January 15-28, 2023. Website: go.illinois.edu/MLK2023
    • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School (1108 Fairview Avenue, Urbana)

    Those who give blood on this date and who are first-time donors to ImpactLife (local blood bank) will receive a $25.00 gift card to a local store or restaurant. Must be 16 years of age or older to donate.

  • Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. January 15-28, 2023. Website: go.illinois.edu/MLK2023
    • 12:00 - 4:00 pm

    University of Illinois Police Department will commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s Day of Service by creating a space where members of the community will have to opportunity to work together with a variety of Non-Profit organizations alongside some of our police officers.

  • Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. January 15-28, 2023. Website: go.illinois.edu/MLK2023
    • 6:00 pm
    • Levis Faculty Center, Room 300 (919 W. Illinois St., Urbana)

    This year, the MLK Day of Service will engage campus and community partners in recognizing the power of community action and civic engagement as local partners and students convene to honor the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. vision of impacting others through social change

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Thursday, January 19, 2023

    • All Day

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, from sunset the day before the day listed until sunset of the day listed, Bahá'ís celebrating the First of Sultán (Sovereignty) gather for the 19-Day Feast. There is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion.

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Monday, January 23, 2023

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

    • All Day

    Also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. Celebrated with a festival for families, decorating buildings with lucky red items, partaking in cultural activities, eating certain "lucky" foods, setting off firecrackers, and praying.

  • Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. January 15-28, 2023. Website: go.illinois.edu/MLK2023
    • 7:00 - 8:30 pm
    • Siebel Center for Design

    Students and staff of the Global Leaders Program will host two speakers to address this timely issue from a professional and student perspective. Other planned activities will include smaller working group sessions where participants will dialogue about environmental justice challenges and how to personally and collectively take a greater stand in their communities.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Friday, January 27, 2023

    • All Day

    Also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. Celebrated with a festival for families, decorating buildings with lucky red items, partaking in cultural activities, eating certain "lucky" foods, setting off firecrackers, and praying.

  • Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. January 15-28, 2023. Website: go.illinois.edu/MLK2023
    • 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    • School of Social Work (1010 West Nevada, Urbana)

    The School of Social Work, in partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to engage in a poverty simulation that helps participants begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress.