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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 2023


Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month Poverty in America Awareness Month
1 New Year's Day
1 Global Family Day/World Peace Day
4 World Braille Day
15 World Religion Day
16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
22 Lunar New Year
26 International Customs Day
27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day


Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month American History Month
All Month Black History Month
All Month Canadian History Month
All Month Human Relations Month
14 St. Valentine's Day
15 Nirvana Day
20 World Day of Social Justice
20 Presidents Day
21 Mardi Gras
22 Ash Wednesday (Start of Lent)


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 Ethnic Equality Month
All Month National Women's History Month
6-7 Purim
8 International Women's Day
8 United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace
11 World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film
14 Pi Day
15 Equal Pay Day
16 St. Urho day
17 St. Patrick's Day
20–21 Naw-Ruz (Baha'i New Year)
22 Ramadam begins
25 International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade



Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month Community Service Month
All Month Earth Month
All Month Autism Awareness Month
All Month Arab-American Heritage Month
All Month Tartan (Scottish-American) Heritage Month
All Month Celebrate Diversity Month
2 World Autism Awareness Day
5 Passover starts
7 International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda
9 Easter
13 Passover ends
14 National Day of Silence
19 Youth Homelessness Matters Day
20 First Day of Ridvan—Festival of Ridvan
21 Advisor Appreciation Day
21 Ramadam ends
22 Earth Day
28-29 The Ninth Day of Ridvan


Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
All Month Haitian Heritage Month
All Month Indian Heritage Month
All Month Jewish-American Heritage Month
All Month Mental Health Month
All Month South Asian Heritage Month
All Month Personal History Awareness Month
All Month Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
All Month Older Americans Month
2 The Twelfth Day of Ridvan
2 Ramadan ends
2 Ridvan ends
4 Star Wars Day
5 Cinco de Mayo
8-9 Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for those who Lost their Lives during WWII
21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
22 International Day for Biological Diversity
22 Declaration of the Bab in Shiraz, Shavuot
28-29 Ascension of Bahau'llah
29 Memorial Day


Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month National Caribbean American Heritage Month
All Month LGBT Pride Month
All Month Black Music Month
11 Race Unity Day
12 Loving Day
19 Juneteenth
1-30 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Day


Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month French-American Heritage Month
4 French-American Heritage Month
4 Filipino-American Friendship Day
9 The Martyrdom of the Bab
11 World Population Day
24 Pioneer Day
26 Americans with Disabilities Act Signed—"Disability Independence Day"
26-27 Tisha B'Av


Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month National Civility Month
9 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
13 International Lefthanders Day
19 World Humanitarian Day
23 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
26 Women’s Equality Day



Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
9/15–10/15 Hispanic Heritage Month 
All Month National Guide Dog Month
5 Labor Day
11 Patriot Day
15-17 Rosh Hashanah
15 International Day of Democracy
16 Mexican Independence Day
19 International Talk Like a Pirate Day
21 International Day of Peace
24-25 Yom Kippur
26 European Languages Day
27 World Tourism Day
29 Sukkot starts


Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month Bullying Prevention Month
All Month Domestic Violence Awareness Month
All Month AIDS Awareness Month
All Month Down Syndrome Awareness Month
All Month Family History Month
All Month Fillopino-American Heritage Month
All Month Italian-American Heritage Month
All Month LGBT History Month
All Month National Disability Employment Awareness Month
All Month National German Heritage Month (Sept. 15–Oct. 15)
All Month National Work and Family Month
1 German American Heritage Day
2 International Day of Non-Violence
6 Sukkot ends
9 National Indigenous People's Day
10 World Mental Health Day
11 National Coming Out Day
14 Women in Military Service for American Memorial Anniversary
15 White Cane Safety Day
17 Spirit Day–Anti Bullying
17 Birth of Baha’u’llah
22 International Stuttering Awareness Day
31 Halloween


Day(s) Group, Culture or Cause Recognized
All Month National Native American Heritage Month
All Month National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
1–2 Day of the Dead
9 World Freedom Day
11 Veterans Day/Armistice Day
13 World Kindness Day
16 International Day for Tolerance
17 International Students' Day
20 Transgender Day of Remembrance
24 Thanksgiving



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 International Day for People with Disability
10 International Human Rights Day
18–26 Hanukkah
20 International Human Solidarity Day
25 Christmas
26–1/1/24 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.

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Ashinee Reynolds


Founder of Read & Feed Belize

 AMFT at Wilshire Valley Therapy Center

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Nawal Rashid


Aqlama Language Services

Project Manager

GSEP Student


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Summer Woods


Pepperdine University GSEP & Topp Consulting

Graduate Assistant & Behavior Therapist

GSEP Student

Black Music Month & Juneteenth

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Brian Thomas


Nominated By Michelle Letendre

Black History


Community Resources


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The Homecoming Podcast

Dr. Thema Bryant is a licensed psychologist, ordained minister, and sacred artist. Using artistic expression, spirituality, psychology and culture, Dr. Bryant-Davis is an internationally recognized lecturer, performer, and minister.

The Homecoming Podcast with Dr. Thema is a podcast to facilitate your journey home to yourself by providing weekly inspiration and health tips. Welcome home!

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National African American Read-In

The National African American Read-In (AARI) is a groundbreaking effort to encourage communities to read together, centering African American books and authors.

It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.

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Black Freedom Struggle

The Black Freedom Struggle is a website focused on Black Freedom, featuring select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history.

The intention is to support a wide range of students, as well as independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. – and the fights against it.

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Black History Month

A collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration to pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.


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Cultural Humility Podcast

Join Dr. Miguel Gallardo, Director of the MA in Clinical Psychology MFT with Latinx Communities program, for the Cultural Humility Podcast.

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Pepperdine Allyship Resources

Pepperdine Libraries is pleased to curate book displays throughout the libraries. They complement these displays with virtual bookshelves so their patrons can review the list of books from anywhere in the world. Partnering with the Office of Community Belonging, they're thrilled to share resources on allyship. View the virtual bookshelf here.


National Caribbean American Heritage Month

"Through the commemoration of this month, we hope to ensure that America is reminded that its greatness lies in its diversity, with Caribbean immigrants from founding father Alexander Hamilton, to journalist Malcolm Gladwell, who have shaped the American dream." Learn more here.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month (LGBTQ+ Pride Month) is celebrated annually in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community. Learn more here.

juneteenth flag


On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. Partnering with the Office of Community Belonging, Pepperdine has set up an in-person book display in Payson Library along with a virtual bookshelf to celebrate the holiday. They have also created a Juneteenth guide for further reading. Learn more here.

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Loving Day

People around the world observe Loving Day every year on June 12th in meaningful and personal ways. While all are welcome, it can be especially significant for interracial couples, multiracial families, mixed race and transracially adopted people, and those with similar lived experience. Learn more here.

Poverty awareness

National Poverty in America Awareness Month 

Hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion, disabilities, restricted access to participation in the democratic process. Learn more here.



Martin Luther King Jr., Federal Holiday

On a late summer day in 1963, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stood on the National Mall before hundreds of thousands of demonstrators who had gathered to march for freedom, justice, and equality.  On that day, Dr. King shared a dream that has continued to inspire a Nation:  To bring justice where there is injustice, freedom where there is oppression, peace where there is violence, and opportunity where there is poverty. Learn more here.

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Making your New Year's Resolution Stick 

By making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance that you will keep them throughout the year, incorporating healthy behavior into your everyday life. Learn more here.

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Lunar New Year 

Lunar New Year is a celebration of the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year on the lunisolar calendar. It is the most important holiday in China, and it is also widely celebrated in South Korea, Vietnam, and countries with a significant overseas Chinese population. While the official dates encompassing the holiday vary by culture, those celebrating consider it the time of the year to reunite with immediate and extended family. Learn more here.

global family day

Global Family Day  

Celebrated every year on January 1, Global Family Day starts the new year with a positive message of unity to the world. Yes, believe it or not, we are all one! Cultures and religions across the world may be different but, the truth is, all of mankind is a large family that can survive and succeed only if united. And yes, this is a goal that can be achieved — all that is required is spreading the message of peace and unity. Learn more here.

international custom day

International Custom Day  

International Customs Day is celebrated on January 26 every year and was initiated by the World Customs Organization (W.C.O.) in 1983. This day celebrates all the customs officials and agencies that toil day in and day out to ensure effective world trade management. The officials also ensure the smooth functioning of trade operations across international borders and put people at the very center of the transformation process. Learn more here.

braille day

 World Braille Day

Braille is a tactile representation of alphabetic and numerical symbols using six dots to represent each letter and number, and even musical, mathematical and scientific symbols. Braille (named after its inventor in 19th century France, Louis Braille) is used by blind and partially sighted people to read the same books and periodicals as those printed in a visual font. Braille is essential in the context of education, freedom of expression and opinion, as well as social inclusion. Learn more here.

holocaust remembrance day

 International Holocaust Remembrance Day 

The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides. Learn more here.

world religion day

World Religion Day  

World Religion Day takes place each January, aiming to promote understanding and peace between all religions as well as mutual understanding and tolerance between peoples from different backgrounds. Learn more here.


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