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Native American heritage month

Native American Heritage Month

What is Native American Heritage Month?

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush designated November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." This commemorative month aims to provide a platform for Native Amercans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians in the United States of America to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life.

We also celebrate Native American Heritage Day each year, which is a civil holiday observed on the day after Thanksgiving in the United States. The day encourages Americans of all backgrounds to observe the holiday through appropriate ceremonies and activities. This year's Native American Heritage Day will be held on Friday, Nov. 27. 

Student Life Events:

Dia De Los Muertos
Monday, Nov. 2 | 3-5 p.m. | University Commons Lobby
Join us as we celebrate Day of the Dead with photos with jaX, take-and-go crafts, and giveaways!

Native American Heritage Day
Thursday, Nov. 12 | 3-5 p.m. | University Commons Lobby
Stop by our table to learn more about the holiday and grab a DIY feather necklace kit.

Brave Space Series: What Makes a Man?
Tuesday, Nov. 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
Join our panelists for a discussion on what makes a man, what the term toxic masculinity means, and more. 

First Gen Day
Thursday, Nov. 19 | Noon-2 p.m. | University Commons Lobby
Are you a first-generation college student? Come by our T-shirt giveaway to pick up a free shirt! Also check out our social media pages to learn of the experiences of UHV faculty and staff members who are also the first of their family to attend college. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Friday, Nov. 20 | All Day | Instagram Challenge
Enter our Instagram Challenge to win a prize! Post an image of you using the colors of the transgender flag. Use the hashtags: #UHV, #JAXNATION, and #TransgenderDayOfRemembrance. 

Quote of the Month:
"Diversity: the art of thinking independently together."
-Malcolm Forbes

Campus Events & News

CommUNITY Book Club Series

UHV is partnering with three community organizations to help our campus participate in the CommUNITY Book Club Series. The book club kicked off with a virtual event on Oct. 20 and will continue through Nov. 19. The first event in the series will feature How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram Kendi.

Please find more about the book club by visiting their Facebook page. Be sure to register for the book club if you would like to participate. Please note the virtual events are hosted by Victoria County United Way and the Be Well Victoria Coalition. 

International Education Week

The International Programs office will be hosting International Education Week from November 16-20. All events will be hosted on Microsoft Teams, and invitations will be sent out to students via email for each event. For more information on these events, contact Ludmi Herath at herathl@uhv.edu

Monday, Nov. 16
All Day - International Cultural Attire Day
Noon-1 p.m. - How To Start Planning Your Study or Intern Abroad Experience
3-4 p.m. - Study and Intern Abroad in China and Hungary

Tuesday, Nov. 17
9 a.m. - Study and Intern Abroad in Denmark, Germany and Norway
Noon-1 p.m. - Study abroad through a Fullbright Program. Learn how you can apply for Fulbright Programs around the world. 

Wednesday, Nov. 18
4:30 p.m. - Join the International Student Organization with a virtual game session and virtual lounge! Interact with the International Student Organization members and make new friends. 

Thursday, Nov. 19
4:30-5:30 p.m. - International Perspective: Join International Programs as we talk with a panel of UHV international students about perspectives and their U.S. education experience, including how COVID-19 has impacted their lives. 
7 p.m. - Study and Intern Abroad in Japan

Friday, Nov. 20
4 p.m. - International Cooking Around the World - Join students from around the world for a mini cooking segment that you can make and enjoy. Countries include India, Taiwan and more.


We hope you enjoyed our first Diversity and Inclusion newsletter! Please feel free to give us feedback on what you would like to see included in our next issue.

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For questions regarding the Diversity and Inclusion newsletter, or information within, contact Freddie Cantu at 361-485-4474.