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GSEP Cultural Heritage

The Cultural Heritage Page is an inclusive platform where GSEP recognizes and celebrates the different cultures, causes, ethnicities, genders, heritage, nationality, races, and religions of our community.  In order to acknowledge these community attributes, we will regularly identify different cultural heritage celebrations represented each month and enhance our learning about these celebrations through the use of articles, videos, and websites.


The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) is an innovative learning community where faculty, staff, and students of diverse cultures and perspectives workgroup of diverse individuals facing away from camera collaboratively to foster academic excellence, social purpose, meaningful service, and personal fulfillment.

As a graduate school within a Christian university, GSEP endeavors to educate and motivate students to assume leadership roles in professions that improve and enrich the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

At GSEP we embrace human diversity—which we believe to be the natural expression of God's creation—in our work to advance learning and service. GSEP advances, sustains, and advocates for multicultural proficiency.

The strategies for accomplishing this mission are:

  • Promoting discourse that values each member's background, experiences, and perspective
  • Recruiting, retaining, and advancing diverse students, staff, and faculty
  • Developing curricular models for practice in educational and psychological environments; and reaching out to broader communities to promote understanding and facilitate solutions to diversity challenges

Our spirit, energy, and actions will be an inspiration to education and psychology communities.


Diversity Awareness Calendar 2024


Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized

All Month

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

All Month

Poverty in America Awareness Month
1 New Year's Day
1 Global Family Day/World Peace Day
4 World Braille Day
6 Armenian Orthodox Christmas
14 Orthodox New Year
15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
15 Makar Sankranti (Hindu)
16 National Day of Racial Healing
21 World Religion Day 
24 International Day of Education
24-25 Tu BiShvat (Jewish)
25 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day



Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month Black History Month
All Month Human Relations Month
1 National Freedom Day
2 Groundhog Day
10 Lunar New Year
10 Tết (Vietnamese New Year)
13 Mardi Gras
14 Ash Wednesday (Start of Lent)
14 St. Valentine's Day
15 Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
19 Presidents Day
20 World Day of Social Justice
21 International Mother Language Day



All Month Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
All Month Greek-American Heritage Month
All Month Gender Equality Month
All Month Irish-American Heritage Month
All Month Women's History Month
8 International Women's Day
8 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
10 Ramadan (March 10- April 9)
11 World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue, and Film
14 Pi Day
14 Equal Pay Day
17 St. Patrick's Day
19 Nowruz 
21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
21 World Down Syndrome Day
23 Purim (Jewish)
24 Palm Sunday (Christian)
25 Holi (Hindu)
25 International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
29 Good Friday (Christian)
31 Cesar Chavez Day
31 Easter (Christian)



Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month Community Service Month
All Month Earth Month
All Month Autism Acceptance Month
All Month Arab-American Heritage Month
All Month Tartan (Scottish-American) Heritage Month
All Month Celebrate Diversity Month
All Month Sexual Assault Awareness Month
2 World Autism Awareness Day
7 International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda
7 World Health Day
10 Eid Al-Fitr (Islamic)
20 First Day of Ridván
22-30 Passover
24 Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day


Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
All Month Haitian Heritage Month
All Month Jewish-American Heritage Month
All Month Mental Health Awareness Month
All Month Military Appreciation Day
All Month Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
All Month Older Americans Month
3 Orthodox Good Friday
5 Orthodox Easter 
5 Cinco de Mayo
8-9 Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for those who Lost their Lives during WWII
12 Mother’s Day
19 Pentecost (Christian)
21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
22 International Day for Biological Diversity
23 Vesak/Buddha Day/Visakha Puja (Buddhist)
27 Memorial Day


Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month Caribbean American Heritage Month
All Month LGBT Pride Month
11 Race Unity Day (Baha’i)
11-13 Shavuot (Jewish)
12 Loving Day
14-19 The Hajj
16-19 Eid al-Adha (Islamic)
16 Father's Day
19 Juneteenth
20 World Refugee Day
28 National Pride Day


Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month French-American Heritage Month
All Month Disability Pride Month
All Month BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month
4 Independence Day
4 Filipino-American Friendship Day
7-8 Hijrī New Year (Islamic)
8 The Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)
14 International Non-Binary Peoples Day
28 National Parents Day


Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
7 Purple Heart Day
9 World Indigenous Peoples Day
12 Tisha B’Av (Jewish)
13-16 Obon (Buddhist)
19 Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)
19 World Humanitarian Day
22 International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief
23 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
26 Women’s Equality Day
31 International Day for People of African Descent



Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month-October 15 Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month
All Month National Guide Dog Month
2 Labor Day
8-14 Suicide Prevention Week
16 Mexican Independence Day
20-26 International Week of the Deaf
21 International Day of Peace
23 International Day of Sign Languages
28 National Public Lands Day


Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month Domestic Violence Awareness Month
All Month Breast Cancer Awareness Month
All Month Down Syndrome Awareness Month
All Month Filipino-American History Month
All Month Italian-American Heritage Month
All Month LGBT History Month
All Month National Disability Employment Awareness Month
All Month Polish American Heritage Month
All Month Global Diversity Awareness Month
2 International Day of Non-Violence
2-4 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
3-12 Navratri (Hindu)
10 World Mental Health Day
11-12 Yom Kippur (Jewish)
11 National Coming Out Day
14 Indigenous Peoples Day
15 White Cane Awareness Day
16-23 Sukkot (Jewish)
16 International Pronouns Day
19 Spirit Day
31 Halloween
31 Diwali
31-November 2 Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)


Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month Native American Heritage Month
All Month National Veterans and Military Families Month 
1 All Saints' Day (Christian)
2 All Souls’ Day (Christian)
11 Veterans Day
13 World Kindness Day
16 International Day for Tolerance
17 International Students Day
20 Transgender Day of Remembrance
25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
28 Thanksgiving
29 National Day of Mourning


Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month Universal Human Rights Month
1 World AIDS Day
2 International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
3 Giving Tuesday
3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
10 International Human Rights Day
12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Christian)
16-24 Las Posadas
20 International Human Solidarity Day
24 Christmas Eve (Christian)
25 Christmas Day (Christian)
25-January 2 Hanukkah (Jewish)
26–January 1 Kwanzaa
31 New Year's Eve

Community Highlights

Selected from a diverse group of GSEP professionals who were nominated by their friends, family, and peers, discover how these Waves approach the meaning of diversity and the role they play in redefining how it will have an impact on generations to come. To nominate a GSEP member for this community highlight, please visit this form.

Headshot of Machion Garrison

Machion Garrison

Marketing Director and CCIT

Arise Recovery & Behavioral Health

GSEP Student 

Headshot of Karin Moore

Karin Moore


GSEP PhD Student

Headshot Karmanjeet Singh

Karmanjeet Singh

Suicide Counselor at Didi Hirsch 

GSEP Student

Headshot Ashinee Reynolds

Ashinee Reynolds


Founder of Read & Feed Belize

 AMFT at Wilshire Valley Therapy Center



Community Resources


Filipino-American Friendship Day

Filipino-American Friendship Day

On July 4, 1946, following Japan’s defeat in World War ll, the United States granted independence to the Philippines, a U.S. possession since 1898. Today, the 4th of July is observed in the Philippines as Philippine-American Friendship Day, a day that pays tribute to the long partnership between the two countries.


The Martyrdom of the Bab

From the evening of Tuesday, July 9, 2019 to the evening of Wednesday, July 10, 2019, Baha’is around the world will observe the Martyrdom of the Báb. This holiday commemorates the 1850 execution of the co-founder of the Baha’i faith, the Báb, in Persia. It is one of nine holy days during which work and school is suspended. 

Disability Independence Day

Disability Independence Day

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. Throughout the year and on the ADA Anniversary (July 26), the ADA National Network recognizes this landmark event and the important work to promote equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

World Population Day

World Population Day

 2023 Theme: Unleashing the power of gender equality. Uplifting the voices of women and girls to unlock our world’s infinite possibilities. What women and girls want matters. They make up 49.7% of the global population, yet women and girls are often ignored in discussions on demographics, with their rights violated in population policies.


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