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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
All Month Ethnic Equality 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 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 Ramadan 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 Ramadan ends
22 Earth Day
24 Armenian Genocide Commemoration 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 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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Karin Moore


GSEP PhD Stude nt 

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Karmanjeet Singh

Suicide Counselor at Didi Hirsch 

GSEP Student

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Ashinee Reynolds


Founder of Read & Feed Belize

 AMFT at Wilshire Valley Therapy Center

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Tyana Tavakol


Airport Marina Counseling Service

GSEP Student



Community Resources


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National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.

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Cinco de Mayo 

You might hear about Cinco de Mayo parties. But even though celebrations of Cinco de Mayo (which translates to the Fifth of May) originated in Mexico, the day is more popular in the United States! So what does Cinco de Mayo celebrate? On the morning of May 5, 1862, 6,000 French troops stormed the Mexican city of Heróica Puebla de Zaragoza to bring it under French rule. The Mexican soldiers were outnumbered, but they fiercely fought back. By early evening, the French had retreated.

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Memorial Day 

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.  In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries.  A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.


International Day for Biological Diversity

Biodiversity remains the answer to several sustainable development challenges. From nature-based solutions to climate, health issues, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better.


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