Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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    • 7:00 - 8:00 pm
      2/10/2023
    • Illini Union, 323

  • Sculpture of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln Hall, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    • 7:00 - 8:30 pm
      2/15/2023
    • Heritage Hall, I Hotel and Conference Center (1900 1st St., Champaign)

    Join us for a campus-community town hall with a panel of experts on political polarization to answer your questions. We will reflect on how we got here and what we can do to move forward.

    • All Day
      2/17/2023 - 2/18/2023

    Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival in honor of Lord Shiva. The celebration involves all-night worship the night before, and fasting, payer, and vigil on the day of the festival. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • 7:00 - 8:00 pm
      2/17/2023
    • Illini Union, 323

    • 12:00 - 1:00 pm
      2/20/2023
    • Bruce D. Nessbitt African American Cultural Center

    • 5:00 - 6:00 pm
      2/21/2023
    • 1210 W. Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801

    • All Day
      2/22/2023

    The first day of the forty day season of Lent. The service features penitential acts symbolized by the Imposition of Ashes on the foreheads of the congregation gathered. Some students or employees may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe.

    • 5:00 - 6:00 pm
      2/22/2023
    • 614 E. Daniel Street, Third Floor, Champaign, IL 61820

    • All Day
      2/23/2023

    In the Christian (Eastern) Orthodox Church, Great Lent marks the forty days leading to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The first day of Great Lent is called Clean Monday. Lent is a time for prayer, penance, good-will, fasting and drawing closer to God.

    • All Day
      2/24/2023 - 2/25/2023

    • 7:00 - 8:00 pm
      2/24/2023
    • Illini Union, 323

    • All Day
      2/26/2023 - 3/1/2023

    Ayyám-i-Há, or “Days of glory,” are devoted to spiritual preparation for the Fast, hospitality, charity and gift giving. They are celebrated during the four or five days (depending upon leap year) before the last month of the Bahá’í year.

    • All Day
      3/1/2023 - 3/20/2023

    The last month in the Baha’i calendar, ‘Alá’ (Loftiness), is dedicated to the Baha’i Fast. During this time, Baha’is between 15 and 70 years of age do not eat or drink for 19 days from sunrise to sunset and set aside time for prayer and meditation. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to accommodate the Fast.

  • Students hold posters and wear shirts supporting DACA and Undocumented students.
    • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
      3/3/2023
    • 614 E. Daniel St., Champaign, 4th floor

    The Undocumented Student Ally Training provides staff, administration, and faculty information that will allow them to better serve undocumented students at the University of Illinois. This training is led by staff and students who are part of the Illinois Coalition Assisting Undocumented Students's Education (I-CAUSE).

    • 7:00 - 8:00 pm
      3/3/2023
    • Illini Union, 323

    • All Day
      3/6/2023 - 3/7/2023

    Purim celebrates being saved from a genocide in ancient Persia. Observances include listening to the Book of Esther in synagogue, sending food parcels, giving to charity, and dressing up in costume and eating festive meals. Some students or employees may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe.

    • 12:00 - 1:00 pm
      3/6/2023
    • Women's Resources Center

    • All Day
      3/7/2023 - 3/8/2023

    Spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the "festival of colours" or the "festival of love". Holi begins at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown of the last day. It is celebrated the night before with a Holika Bonfire and on the day of by spraying colors on others, dancing, partying and eating festival delicacies.

    • 5:00 - 6:00 pm
      3/7/2023
    • 1210 W. Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801

    • 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
      3/9/2023
    • Heritage Room, Funk ACES Library

    Join the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the DRIVE Committee for the Illinois Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship Annual Symposium. The Symposium celebrates their accomplishments and features presentations of their path-breaking research.

    • 7:00 - 8:00 pm
      3/10/2023
    • Illini Union, 323

    • 1:00 pm
      3/11/2023

    • All Day
      3/17/2023

    Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities. This observance begins at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown of the last day. Those observing Shushan Purim may do so by omitting the Tachanun prayer and having a more elaborate meal than on ordinary days.

    • 7:00 - 8:00 pm
      3/17/2023
    • Illini Union, 323

    • 7:00 am
      3/20/2023

    • All Day
      3/20/2023

    Spring Equinox - Conception, Regeneration, New Beginnings. Winter is now over, and light is increasing. The day and night are equal in length at the equinox, and Spring has arrived or is coming soon. Eostara is the time of fertility, birth, and renewal. The ice is thawing, and the growing season for plants and animals begins. Growth is the theme of the day.

    • All Day
      3/20/2023 - 3/21/2023

    The Baha’i New Year’s Day coincides with the spring equinox. Naw-Rúz is an ancient Persian festival celebrating the “new day” and for Bahá'is it marks the end of the annual 19-Day Fast and is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended and children are exempted from attending school. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to o

    • 12:00 - 1:00 pm
      3/20/2023
    • Women's Resources Center

    • All Day
      3/22/2023 - 4/21/2023

    The ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. Some Muslim employees and students observing Ramadan may request schedule adjustments in order to observe. Your department may find that more employees require space or time for prayer during this period.

    • 7:00 - 8:00 pm
      3/24/2023
    • Illini Union, 323

    • 5:00 - 6:00 pm
      3/28/2023
    • 1210 W. Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801

    • 7:00 - 8:00 pm
      3/31/2023
    • Illini Union, 323

    • All Day
      4/2/2023

    The Sunday before Easter which introduces Holy Week. In the Episcopal Church, services on this day feature the distinctive ceremonies of the blessing of palms and procession, representing Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem the week before the Resurrection, and the reading of the Passion Gospel from Saints Matthew, Mark, or Luke.

    • 12:00 - 1:00 pm
      4/3/2023
    • Women's Resources Center

    • All Day
      4/5/2023 - 4/13/2023

    The Feast of Unleavened Bread. Celebrates the Jews being freed from slavery in Egypt and making the exodus from Egypt to the holy land of Israel. Work is often prohibited the first two days and the last two days. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      4/5/2023 - 4/6/2023

    Fast of the First Born. Those observing Ta'anit Bechorot often do so by fasting. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      4/6/2023

    Maundy Thursday is the traditional name for the Thursday preceding Easter. It remembers the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples, his washing their feet, and the betrayal of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane. The Episcopal Church observes this holy day with a service that features “rememorative” actions for worshippers to participate in the sacred narrative.

    • All Day
      4/7/2023

    The Friday before Easter. The Episcopal Church’s observance of this day of fasting and penitence features the Passion according to Saint John, and devotions before the cross. Other services held on Good Friday include The Stations of the Cross – which is a meditation on the last fourteen stations of Christ's Passion.

    • 7:00 - 8:00 pm
      4/7/2023
    • Illini Union, 323

    • All Day
      4/8/2023

    The Proper Liturgy for Holy Saturday, held in the morning hours, commemorates the time that Christ spent in the tomb after his death and prior to the Resurrection.

    • All Day
      4/8/2023

    A service held in Episcopal Churches (and others) as the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus on the evening of Holy Saturday. The service features the lighting of the new Paschal fire, a vigil of readings from the New Testament, Baptisms, and the celebration of the first Eucharist of Easter. 

    • All Day
      4/9/2023

    The Feast of the Resurrection of Christ. It is the greatest and oldest feast of the Christian Church. The Episcopal Church celebrates the Eucharist with great solemnity on this most holy of feast days. In addition to Easter Day services, it is often observed with family gatherings.

    • All Day
      4/9/2023

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First of Jalal (Glory) 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.

    • All Day
      4/13/2023

    In Islam, Laylat al-Qadr or Qadr Night is when the Quran was sent down from Heaven and revealed to the prophet Muhammad [peace be unto him.] The specific date is not mentioned in the Quran although it is believed to be one of the last ten days of Ramadan. Muslim holidays begin and end at sundown on the first and last days listed.

    • All Day
      4/14/2023

    The Sikh New Year festival is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar. It marks the start of the Punjabi New Year, but it is also a day to celebrate the birth of the Khalsa. This holiday symbolizes standing up to oppression, and fighting for the rights of all. It occurs during the traditional harvest festival in Punjab.

    • All Day
      4/14/2023

    Christians annually commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on this day, the Friday before Pascha (Easter). The (Eastern) Orthodox Christian Church does not use the term “Good Friday” but the term “Holy Friday” or “Great Friday” instead.

    • All Day
      4/14/2023

    The Sikh New Year festival is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar. It marks the start of the Punjabi New Year, but it is also a day to celebrate the birth of the Khalsa. This holiday symbolizes standing up to oppression, and fighting for the rights of all. It occurs during the traditional harvest festival in Punjab.

    • 7:00 - 8:00 pm
      4/14/2023
    • Illini Union, 323

    • All Day
      4/16/2023

    On this day, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead after 3 days in the grave (Holy Friday, Holy Saturday, and Pascha Sunday).

    • All Day
      4/17/2023

    Holocaust Memorial Day. Flags are lowered to half-mast, public places of entertainment are closed, national opening and closing ceremonies are performed, and sirens at 10:00 signal the start of two minutes of silence. This observance begins at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown of the last day. 

    • All Day
      4/17/2023 - 4/18/2023

    In Islam, Laylat al-Qadr or Qadr Night is when the Quran was sent down from Heaven and revealed to the prophet Muhammad [peace be unto him.] The specific date is not mentioned in the Quran although it is believed to be one of the last ten days of Ramadan. Muslim holidays begin and end at sundown on the first and last days listed.

    • 12:00 - 1:00 pm
      4/17/2023
    • Women's Resources Center

    • All Day
      4/20/2023 - 4/21/2023

    Pronounced "Rezván," this annual Baha’i festival commemorates the 12 days when Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age. Elections for Baha’i institutions are generally held during the Festival of Riḍván. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      4/21/2023 - 4/22/2023

    Celebrates the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. It is common practice to give zakat (charity) on this day or during the month of Ramadan, and to attend a prayer in the morning, followed by celebration and food with friends and family. Muslim students or employees observing Eid al-Fitr may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • 5:00 - 6:00 pm
      4/25/2023
    • 1210 W. Nevada St, Urbana, IL 61801

    • All Day
      4/28/2023

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First of Jamál (Beauty) 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.

    • All Day
      4/28/2023 - 4/29/2023

    Pronounced "Rezván," this annual Baha’i festival commemorates the 12 days when Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age. Elections for Baha’i institutions are generally held during the Festival of Riḍván. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe The Ninth Day.

    • All Day
      5/1/2023

    Beltane is the time of the marriage and union of the Goddess as Mother Earth and the God of the Greenwood. It is an ancient fertility festival marking the beginning of the planting cycle. The festival was to ensure a good growing season and a bountiful harvest. Beltane is light-hearted, joyful, and full of passion that fuels life, joy, and fertility.

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      5/1/2023 - 5/2/2023

    Pronounced "Rezván," this annual Baha’i festival commemorates the 12 days when Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age. Elections for Baha’i institutions often occur during this period. Bahá'í students or employees observing the Twelfth Day of Ridván may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      5/3/2023

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      5/4/2023

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      5/4/2023

    Second Passover. In Chassidic Judaism, a seder resembling a Passover seder may by conducted. This observance begins at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown of the last day.

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      5/5/2023

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      5/5/2023

    Vesak is the birthday of the Buddha and the most important festival in Buddhism. On the first full moon day in May, Buddhists all over the world celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe. 

    • All Day
      5/8/2023 - 5/9/2023

    33rd Day of Counting the Omer. Celebrated for defeating a plague in Israel. Work is allowed. Celebrated by listening to music, bonfires, and family picnics. Lag BaOmer begins at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown of the last day.

    • 1:00 - 3:00 pm
      5/12/2023
    • Illini Union, 314 AB

    • 8:30 am
      5/13/2023

    • All Day
      5/15/2023

    • All Day
      5/17/2023

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First of ‘Azamat (Grandeur) 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.

    • All Day
      5/18/2023

    The 40th day of Easter and remembers the departure of Christ from Earth into the presence of God. It is a day of solemn observation in the Episcopal Church.

    • All Day
      5/22/2023 - 5/26/2023

    • All Day
      5/23/2023 - 5/24/2023

    This Holy Day commemorates May 23, 1844, when the Báb, the herald of the Baha’i Faith, announced in Shiraz that He was the Herald of a new Messenger of God. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended and children are exempted from attending school. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      5/25/2023

    The Christian holiday of Ascension Day, also known as the Feast of the Ascension, celebrates when Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after Pascha (Easter). It is celebrated by Roman Catholic, Episcopal and Lutheran churches. Ascension Day is observed on a Thursday.

    • All Day
      5/25/2023

    The Christian holiday of Ascension Day, also known as the Feast of the Ascension, celebrates when Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after Pascha (Easter). It is celebrated by Roman Catholic, Episcopal and Lutheran churches. Ascension Day is observed on a Thursday.

    • All Day
      5/25/2023 - 5/27/2023

    Commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Services are held at synagogues. Jewish students or employees observing Shavuot may stay home from work during this period, and some may request schedule adjustments in order to observe. 

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      5/28/2023

    The Last Sunday of the Great Fifty Days of Easter. It is a solemn holy day designated as a baptismal feast. In the Episcopal Church, the Gospel is often read in various languages.

    • All Day
      5/28/2023 - 5/29/2023

    Baha’is observe the anniversary of the death in exile of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i Faith. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended and children are exempted from attending school. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      5/30/2023

    The celebration of the Eucharist as the presence of Christ's body, blood, soul, and divinity by a divine act of God within the Mass. It is celebrated with a feast and a procession. 

    • All Day
      6/4/2023

    The first Sunday after Pentecost in the Western Christian liturgical calendar, and the Sunday of Pentecost in Eastern Christianity. Trinity Sunday celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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      6/5/2023

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First of Núr (Light) 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.

    • All Day
      6/12/2023

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      6/16/2023

    Commemorates the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the fifth Guru and the first Sikh Martyr.

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      6/19/2023

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      6/21/2023

    Summer Solstice. Litha is the longest day and the shortest night of the year, and a time for transition and planning. Light triumphs, but will now begin to fade into darkness as autumn approaches. This joyous holiday is a time of abundance for wildlife, including people! 

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      6/24/2023

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First of Rahmat (Mercy) 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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      6/28/2023 - 6/29/2023

    Occurring on the tenth day of the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son to God. It is tradition to sacrifice a goat and use it to feed your family, friends, and the poor. Muslim students or employees observing Eid al-Adha may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      7/6/2023

    Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple. Observed by fasting. 

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      7/9/2023 - 7/10/2023

    The holy day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of the Báb (Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad), the herald of the Baha’i Faith. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended and children are exempted from attending school. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

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      7/26/2023 - 7/27/2023

    The Ninth of Av - mourning the destruction of the ancient temples and Jersualem. Observed by fasting, mourning, and praying. Work is often prohibited. Jewish students or employees observing Tish'a B'Av may stay home from work during this period, and some may request schedule adjustments in order to observe. 

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      7/30/2023

    The Islamic New Year starts on the 1st of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar, and historically marks the moment the prophet Mohammed [peace be unto him] fled from Mecca to Yathrib to escape religious persecution. It is considered the most holy Muslim holiday after Ramadan. 

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      7/31/2023 - 8/1/2023

    Marking the beginning of harvest season, Lughnasadh or Lammas is a time of both hope and fear. At Lughnasad, modern Wiccans face their fears, concentrate on developing their own abilities, and take steps to protect themselves and their homes.

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      8/1/2023

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, from sunset of the first day until sunset of the last day, Bahá'ís observing the First of Kamal - Perfection gather for the 19-Day Feast. That 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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      8/1/2023

    Asalha Puja is also known as "Dhamma Day" which celebrates the Buddha's first teaching on the full moon day of the 8th lunar month. The day is observed by donating offerings to temples and listening to sermons. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.  

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      8/1/2023 - 8/2/2023

    Jewish holiday of love (similar to Valentines Day). It is a great day for weddings, commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows, or proposing. Jewish students or employees observing Tish'a B'Av may stay home from work during this period, and some may request schedule adjustments in order to observe. 

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    The Feast of the Transfiguration commemorates when Jesus transfigured on the mountaintop which three of his disciples were permitted to witness. Moses and Elijah were also present and witness to Jesus as the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. It is a day of solemn observation. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      8/7/2023 - 8/8/2023

    The 10th day of the first month (Muharram) of the Islamic calendar marks a holy day (known as Ashura) whose significance varies among Islamic sects. Sunnis consider it the day that God parted the Red Sea to allow Moses and the Israelites to escape Egypt. For Shia and Sufi Muslims, Ashura is an important and solemn occasion marking the Remembrance or Mourning of Muharram.

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      8/15/2023

    The feast commemorates the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. Episcopalians observing The Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin will take part in a solemn feast in the Episcopal Church. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

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      8/15/2023

    A celebration of the Lord assuming Mary into heaven, body and soul, at the end of her earthly life. Many Catholics observing Assumption of Mary attend Mass this day. Students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

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      8/18/2023

    Hindu students or employees observing Krishna Janmashtami may participate in the two day festival which celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. 

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      8/20/2023

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, from sunset of the first day until sunset of the last day, Bahá'ís observing the First of Asma (Names) gather for the 19-Day Feast. There is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion.