Diversity / Cultural Events Calendar May 2012


 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific Americans, a term that encompasses many ethnic groups, worked tirelessly to build a national railroad infrastructure, paving the way for western expansion.  The first Asian Pacific Heritage Week was celebrated in 1979, in response to little or no recognition of this population in the 1976 bicentennial celebrations.  By 1990, the celebration was a month long and then made official in 1992.  For more information visit http://www.capaa.wa.gov/.  For a time-line of selected dates and events for Asian Pacific American’s history visit the following website located on the State of Washington Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPPA) http://www.capaa.wa.gov/data/timeline.shtml.

 Jewish American Heritage Month

In 2006, President George W. Bush designated May as the month to teach about Jewish history and culture and to recognize the important contributions of Jewish Americans to U.S. history.  For more information visit http://www.jewishheritage.us/.


Older American’s Month

President John F. Kennedy in 1963 designated May as Senior Citizens Month.  In 1980, President Carter’s proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month, a time to celebrate those 65 and older.


 The YWCA is accepting nominations for their 2012 Women of Achievement Awards celebrating leadership, diversity and empowerment.  The categories are Arts & Culture, Professional/Education, Volunteer Community Service, Social and Racial Justice, and Young Woman of Achievement (high school senior graduating 2013).  Deadline is June 30, 2012.  Visit their website at www.ywcaspokane.org for an application.

Lasting Heritage

Lasting Heritage uses personal stories and human-made objects to articulate the spiritual and visceral links between ancient people, modern tribal people and the land.  Hundreds of historic cultural objects, modern works by American Indian artists, and historic photographs fill two galleries.

Date:  Saturday, December 3, 2011 (no end date, long term exhibit)

Location:  MAC, 2316 W First Ave

Cost: $7.00 adults, $5.00 seniors & students

For more information visit their website at http://www.northwestmuseum.org/ or call 509.456.3931.


Around the World with Michael Moon Bear

Date: Each Thursday of the month

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

You will music from around the world.  Hosted by Michael Moon Bear on KYRS 92.3 FM or 89.9 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org


The Asian Fusion Show

Date: Bi-weekly first and third Thursday of each month

Time:  noon – 12:30 p.m.

At the Asian Fusion Show learn about the diversity amongst Asian cultural, listen to the experiences from individuals, music, artists, writers, cooks, and poets.  Hosted by Jung Yun Xiang and Piah Song on KYRS 92.3 FM or 89.9 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org


Inner Tribal Beat

Date:  Every Tuesday afternoon

Time:  2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Inner Tribal Beat is radio show program where you will hear Native American News, music, commentary, cultural, environmental, interviews, local, and public affairs.  Hosted by Gabe, Eve, Jeff, and Twa-le, KYRS 92.3 FM or 89.9 FM.

Website: http://www.kyrs.org


The Latin Lounge

Date:  Every Monday evening

Time:  6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

35 W Main St, Ste 340, Spokane, WA

Phone: 509.747.3012 (office)

Hosted by “Corazon” and David Behar, you will hear a wide spectrum of Latin music on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org


Latitud / Latitude

Date:  Every Monday afternoon

Time:  noon-1:00 p.m.

Latitud is radio show program about sharing intercultural experiences among the Latino community.  Hosted by Zandunga in Spanish, playing music, (Spanish/Latin), and discussions of local, and public affairs on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.

35 W Main St, Ste 340, Spokane, WA

Phone: 509.747.3807 (requests) / 509.747.3012 (office)

Website:  www.kyrs.org


The Persian Hour

Date:  Every Saturday afternoon

Time:  noon – 1:00 p.m.

The Persian Hour’s consists of a variety of Iranian music from hip hop to traditional, Jazz, blues, rock and roll and the usual.  Also, they will share stories, recipes, and interviews.  Hosted by Sharo and Yasmine, KYRS 92.3 FM or 89.9 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org



Date:  Every Thursday evening

Time:  6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

QueerSounds is radio show dedicated to playing music by and for LGBTQ people.  Music, interviews, community events




Listening to the Silenced – Stories of LGBT Spiritual Leaders

Shower of Stoles Exhibit – The Shower of Stoles is a collection of over one thousand liturgical stoles and other sacred items representing the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith. These religious leaders have served in thirty-two denominations and faith traditions, in six countries, and on three continents. Each stole contains the story of a LGBT person who is active in the life and leadership of their faith community in some way: minister, elder, deacon, teacher, missionary, musician, administrator, or active layperson.

Date: April 23-May 4, 2012

Location: Bethany Presbyterian Church, 2607 S Ray Street

Cost:  Free

For more information visit their website at http://www.bethanyspokane.org/.


The Job Nobody Wanted – Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research

Speaker: Sarah Goff, MFA – Ms. Goff will discuss her research and the directing process for the spring quarter production of Sarah Ruhl’s 2010 Pulitzer play finalist, The Vibrator PlayThe Vibrator Play was inspired by Rachel Maine’s book The Technology of the Orgasm: “Hysteria,” the Vibrator, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction.

Date: Tuesday, May 1. 2012

Times: noon – 12:50 p.m.

Location: 207 Monroe Hall, EWU, Cheney, WA

Cost: Free

For more information contact Carol Vines at 509.359.2898.


Culture and Cuisine: An Evening of Immersion in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan

Presented by World Affairs Council of Spokane

Speaker: Dr. Bakhodir Pasilov, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, EWU.  Join us for Uzbek food and drink in the lobby of The Community Building as we learn about Religion and Traditions in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan.  Uzbekistan is located in the center of Central Asia and is surrounded by the other “stans” created following the collapse of the Soviet Union.  The population today is around 30 million people with the majority divided between four ethnic groups: Uzbeks (19 million); Russians (1.2 million); Tajiks (1.17 million); and, Kazakhs (1 million).

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location:  Community Building, 35 W Main Street

Cost:  $15.00.  Food provided by Chiahana Central Asian Café located in the Spokane International District

For more information visit their website at http://www.wacspokane.com/ or email info@wac.spokane.com.



Date:  Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Time:  6:30 p.m.

Location:  The LGBT Center, 1522 N Washington Ste 102

Cost:  Free

For more information, visit their website at http://www.outspokane.com/.


SFCC International Film Festival

Movie: Cell 211” (Spain) – A rookie prison guard is trapped in cell 211 when a riot breaks out. The audience knows full well what will happen to him if his identify is discovered! (Note: This unpredictable thriller has scenes of brutality.)

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Location: Garland Theater, 924 W Garland Ave

Cost: $3.50

For more information visit their website at www.ccs.spokane.edu or call 533.3597.


Unity in the Community Committee Meeting

Date:  Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Time:  5:30 p.m.

Location:  Community Minded Enterprises, 25 W Main St Ste 310

Open to all who have an interest in making this happen on August 20, 2011

For more information contact Ben Cabildo at bcabildo@ahana.org or 509.209.2634.


Let’s Talk about Marriage

A panel to discuss marriage equality, legalizing same sex marriage, and the upcoming Referendum in WA State

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012

Time:  3:00 p.m.

Location: Showalter Hall, Room 109, EWU, Cheney, WA

For information, contact Sandy at the EWU Pride Center at 509.359.7870 or swilliams@ewu.edu


17th Annual Hispanic Graduate and Recognition Ceremony

Keynote:  Dr. Julian Gomez Giraldo, Spokane Symphony Youth Director and EWU Director of Orchestras

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012

Time: 5:00 p.m.to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Spokane Community College, Lair (Building 17), 1810 Greene Street

For more information / RSVP Yvonne Montoya Zamora, chair of Ceremony Committee 509.979.8590 or email hbpaspokane@gmail.com.  College Fair – representatives from major local colleges will be available to speak with interested students from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


American-Italian Club

Date:  Thursday, May 3, 2012

Time:  6:00 p.m. to midnight

Location: Riverview Retirement Community, Village Community Building, 2117 E North Crescent Ave.

Cost: Free

For more information, call 509.994.0121.


WSU Spokane Graduation

Keynote Speaker: Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH, Washington State Health Officer

Date:  Friday, May 4, 2012

Time:  2:00 p.m.

Location:  INB Performing Arts Center

Cost:  Free – admission tickets are not required; doors open at 1:30 p.m.

For more information visit http://spokane.wsu.edu/students/current/StudentLife/day.html.


“Safe Spaces” – Forum on Gay Straight Alliances in our High Schools

Educators, parents, students, non-profit and community leaders, and interested citizens are all invited to participate in this important discussion about creating Gay Straight Alliances (GSA’s) and “Safe Spaces” in our high schools as part of a commitment to social justice, equality, and acceptance for all students.

Date:  Saturday, May 5, 2012

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Riverpoint Campus, Spokane Academic Center, Room 20, 600 N Riverpoint Blvd

Cost:  Free and open to the public

For more information contact Ian Sullivan, Odyssey Youth Center at 509.325.3637 or ian@odysseyyough.org or Farand Gunnels, Pride Foundation at 509.481.0402 or farand@pridefoundation.org.


36th Lilac Bloomsday Run (12 kilometers/7.46 miles)

Date:  Sunday, May 6, 2012

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Downtown Spokane

Cost:  $17.00 for mailed entries through April 17th, $35 late entry fee.

For more information visit their website at http://www.bloomsdayrun.org/.


World Relief’s Race 2 End Slavery

Human trafficking is a major crime, yet in Spokane there are very few ways for victims to receive assistance. World Relief, in partnership with other local organizations and local universities, is raising funds to develop local programs to provide relief for those who are victims of labor and sex trafficking.  World Relief is committed to this just cause and will continue to raise awareness in our community of this pervasive crime.  We invite you to join the collaborated effort to fight modern day slavery in Spokane and encourage you to invite your friends and family to participate as well.

Date:  Sunday, May 6, 2012

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Cost: minimum $12.00 (must be received by April 14 to receive a t-shirt

Location: Downtown Spokane, Lilac Bloomsday Course

For more information and to register visit their website at http://worldreliefspokane.org/Race2EndSlavery


Wizdom – Making Dollars &Sense

True stories of real people who live and work in Spokane, and who experience discrimination and stereotyping based on perceptions about how much money they do or do not have.

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2012

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Location: Bing Crosby Theatre

Cost:  Free and open to the public

For more information contact Brooke Kiener, Whitworth University at bkiener@whitworth.edu or 509.777.4657.


SFCC International Film Festival

Movie: The Grocer’s Son (France) – In this documentary that not’s a documentary, a young man returns home to work his ailing father’s small grocery van, traveling daily to deliver necessities to aging country people. The customers are not professionals, but people re-enacting what they do every day in a blend of documentary and fiction.

Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Location: Garland Theater, 924 W Garland Ave

Cost: $3.50

For more information visit their website at www.ccs.spokane.edu or call 533.3597.


Inland Northwest Business Alliance (INBA) monthly luncheon

Date:  Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Speaker:  Avista – Smart Grid Update

Time:  11:30 – noon: social, networking, Noon Lunch, 12:30 speaker

Location: Europa Pizzaria and Bakery, 1225 S Wall Street

Cost:  $20 for members and first time guests, $25.00 for returning guests.

For more information e-mail info@inbasspokane.org, website http://www.inbaspokane.org


Margaret Witt – How Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Led to the Witt Standard

Major Margaret Witt is an Air Force Major who was discharged from the military under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and was ultimately reinstated after it was repealed.  She will discuss how “The Witt Standard” helped in the final push toward dismantling “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  Learn what’s next in the fight for equality!

Date:  Thursday, May 10, 2012

Time:  4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Showalter Hall, Rom 109

Cost:  Free

For information, contact Sandy at the EWU Pride Center at 509.359.7870 or swilliams@ewu.edu


Lavender Graduation – EWU

Keynote Speaker: Margaret Witt.  A cultural celebration for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students and their allies, acknowledging the academic achievements of the students.  The ceremony will also recognize faculty, staff and fellow students who have shown great support, encouragement and inspiration.

Date:  Thursday, May 10, 2012

Time:  6:00 p.m.

Location: Showalter Hall Rotunda (2nd floor)

Cost:  Free

For information, contact Sandy at the EWU Pride Center at 509.359.7870 or swilliams@ewu.edu


44th Annual “Spirit of the Eagle Pow Wow”

Date: Friday/Saturday, May 11 and 12, 2012

Time: Grand entry is at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday

Location: EWU, Reese Court Pavilion. Cheney, WA

Cost: Free and open to the public, dinner at 5:00 p.m.

For more information call 509.359.6660.  Will have arts and craft vendors.


61st Junior Lilac Parade – Lilac ‘n’ Roll!

Date:  Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location:  Downtown Spokane

Cost:  Free

For more information, visit their website at http://www.spokanejrlilacparade.com/ or email info@spokanejrlilacparade.com.  Sponsored by Rotaract Club.


Family Fund Fair

Date:  Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: River Park Square, 808 W Main Ave

For more information, contact Charity Doyl at charitydoyl@yahoo.com or 509.928.9664.  editor@northwestwoman.com or Chris Leinwebet at ChrisLe@SpokaneSchools.org or visit their website at www.nwfamilyfunfair.com.  Sponsored by Friends of KSPN, NW Woman Magazine, and Rotaract Club,


Spokane Navy Week

The Navy plans/activities include: Leap Frogs, The Navy Parachute Team; Navy Band musical performances; admirals and other senior Navy leaders, will engage with local corporate, civic, government and education leaders; Navy simulator and other interactive displays; visits to area schools, community service projects and events with local sports franchises; and visits with local veterans

Dates:  Monday-Sunday, May 14. 2012-May 20, 2012

Location:  various venues throughout the city

For more information, visit their website at http://www.navyweek.org/spokane2012/index.html.


Spokane Lilac Festival All City Civic Military Lunch

Date:  Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Time:  11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Location:  Davenport Hotel, Grand Pennington Ballroom

Cost: $35.00/person, $25.00/E-5 and below

For more information visit their website at http://www.spokanelilacfestival.org/.



Promotes the health and well-being of LGBTQ persons, their families and friends through support, education and advocacy.

Date:  Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Time:  7:00 p.m.-midnight

Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2715 S Ray St

Cost:  Free

For more information, call 509.251.2186 or 509.638.9767.


SFCC International Film Festival

Movie: Undertow (Peru) – The story of a closeted Peruvian fisherman haunted by the restless soul of his drowned lover, this films explores issues of sexual identity, the macho Latino image and what it is to be man, straight or otherwise. (Note: “Undertow” includes sexual situations, male nudity and occasional crude language.)

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Location: Garland Theater, 924 W Garland Ave

Cost: $3.50

For more information visit their website at www.ccs.spokane.edu or call 533.3597.


Diversity Recruitment Committee – Meet the Employers

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Time: Employers – 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. / Job-seekers – 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Location: WorkSource, 130 S Arthur Dr.

Cost: This event is free, call number below for ticket.

Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 2:30 p.m. (employers), 3:00 (job seekers) to 4:30 p.m.

For more information contact Dirk Vastrick at 509.532.3038 or 509.532.3186.


International District “Art on the Ave.”

A main highlight and theme for the event is the cross cultural experience, from the music, to the artists to the international themed food. Participants include, The Flying Pig, Checkerboard Bar, Clara Woods Arts Restoration, Spokane Boxing Club, 360 Apparel, Barking Dogz Tattoos, Maye’s Mercantile, Needful Things, Boyd Walker Sewing, Strong Solutions, Liberty Tax, Vien Dong and more.

Date: Friday, May 18, 2012

Location: Sprague Ave – Medelia to Napa

Cost:  Free and open to the public

For more information, email artontheave@hotmail.com.


15th Annual Spokane Falls Community College Pow Wow

Sponsored by: SFCC Red Nations Student Association.

Date: Friday, May 18, 2012 and Saturday, May 19, 2012

Time: Grand entry is at 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon on Saturday

Location: Spokane Falls Community College Gymnasium, Building 7

Cost: Free and open to the public.  Free dinner at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Café @ the Falls in Building 17

For more information, call Marie Miller 509.533.3686 or Destiny Petroske 509.868.5927


15th Annual Native American Graduation

For all college, community college, high school and GED graduates

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2012

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: Spokane Falls Community College, Building 17 Lounges A & B

For more information / RSVP contact Ruth Silverthorne, 509.533.7032, Nicole DeVon 509.359.6669 or Pam Austin at 509.533.4331.


74th Spokane Lilac and Armed Forces Torchlight Parade

Theme: Dream & Reach for the Stars

Date:  Saturday, May 19, 2012

Time:  7:45 p.m.

Location:  Downtown Spokane

Cost:  Free and open to the public.

For more information, visit their website at http://www.spokanelilacfestival.org/.


Diversity Week Festival 2012

Activities include: displays, lessons, desserts, contests, open mic and movies

Dates: May 21, 2012 – May 24, 2012

Times: various

Location: EWU, Cheney, WA

For more information, visit their website at



20th Annual Women Helping Women Fund Benefit Luncheon

Speaker: Elizabeth Smart

Date: Monday, May 21, 2012

Time: Doors open at 11:30 a.m., event begins at noon

Location: Spokane Convention Center

Cost: Minimum donation requested:  $125.00

For more information visit their website at www.whwfspokane.org.


SFCC International Film Festival

Movie: My Name Is Khan (India/U.S.) – What is life like for a Muslim in the U.S. after 9/11? What is it like to live with Asperger’s, a form of autism? You’ll laugh, cry and fall in love with one of India’s most famous stars, Shah Rukh Khan.

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Time: 7:15 p.m.

Location: Garland Theater, 924 W Garland Ave

Cost: $3.50

For more information visit their website at www.ccs.spokane.edu or call 533.3597.


Out of Area Events


Latino Business, Consumer & Career Expo

More than 100 Exhibitors displaying products and services.

Date:  Sunday, May 6, 2012

Time:  noon – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W Grandridge Blvd, Kennewick, WA (Tri-Cities)

For more information contact Gracie Campos at 509.438.0781 or visit their website at http://www.expolatinobusiness.com.

If you know of diversity/cultural event open to the public that you would like added to the monthly calendar, please e-mail Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora at montoyazamora@wsu.edu with event details.




May 1     Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May) – Philippines

               A festival of tribute to the Christian Blessed Virgin Mary that last the entire month.


May 1     Older Americans Month – U.S

Contributions of older Americans, in addition to the wisdom, strength, and compassion they instill in their families and communities are celebrated during this month. President, John F. Kennedy designated May as Senior Citizens Month. President Jimmy Carter changed the name in 1980.


May 1     Lei Day – U.S./Hawaii

               Since 1928, a flower festival dedicated to the lei symbolizing Hawaii’s culture & beauty.


May 1     International Labor Day – International

Observed in more than 140 counties under various names, this day is a celebration of the central contributions of workers to the economic life of their nation, and of worker solidarity.  The day was designated by the international Socialist Congress of 1889, though it had been observed earlier, partly in commemoration of the Haymarket massacre in Chicago in 1886.


May 1    Vappu – Finland  Known as May Day around the world.


May 1    Jewish American Heritage Month – US

May was designated by President George W. Bush in 2006 as a month to teach Jewish history and culture and recognize the important contributions of Jews to US history.


May 1     May Day – US 

Celebrated since ancient times.  Spring festivals and maypoles are still common, but the political importance of May Day has grown since the 1880s, when it became a workers’ day in the US.  Now widely observed in many countries as Labor Day.


May 3     World Press Freedom Day – U.N.

A day to promote press freedom in the world and to remind the public that many journalists brave death or jail to bring people their daily news.


May 3     Kempo Kinen-Bi (Constitution Memorial Day) – Japan

               Commemorates the 1947 democratic constitution.


May 3     Swieto Trzeciego Maja (Constitution Day) – Poland

                Commemorates ratification of the first constitution in 1791.


May 4     Hana-to-Midori-no-Hi – Japan

Previously known as Showa Day stemming from the celebration of the Emperor Showa’s birthday on April 29, this celebration was moved to May 4 in 2007 and renamed Greenery Day, acknowledging the emperor’s love of plants.  Also, it is the beginning of Golden Week, a national holiday of several days’ duration.


May 5     Cinco de Mayo – Mexico/U.S.

The 5th of May in Spanish.  Celebrates the victory over French invaders at the Battle of Puebla (near Mexico City) in 1862; one of the first battles against the French.  The French attempted to create an empire in Mexico when Mexico’s decided to postpone paying its foreign debt payments (debt was due to the U.S. – Mexican war during the mid-1840’s) to English, Spain, and France.  Money was loaned money to Mexico to fight the U.S. hoping Mexico would win.  Both Spain and England made arrangements with Mexico for payment however, the French refused.  When the French began a military advance on Mexico, they were stopped in Puebla before reaching Mexico City on May 5th.  However, the French were not effectively defeated until 1867, five years after the Battle of Puebla and three years under French rule (Napoleon III sent Archduke Maximilian of Austria to rule Mexico).  (Information from various sources)


May 5     Kodomo-no-Hi (Children’s Day) – Japan

A national holiday that was once known as Boy’s Day but since 1948 has been a day to honor both boys and girls.  Some still practice the old custom of flying wind socks in the shape of carp (a symbol of strength, courage, and determination show in its upstream journey).


May 5    Dutch Liberation Day – Netherlands

Celebrates the day on which Nazi forces were driven out of Holland by the Allies in 1945.


May 5     Urini Nal – South Korea

This holiday began back in 1919 at the suggestion of Chung Hwan Bang, who felt that children deserved one day of their own in return for obedience and respect they were expected to give all through the year.


May 5     Vesak

Theravada Buddhist celebration of the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha.


May 5     Coronation Day – Thailand

Commemorates the crowning of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX of the Chakra dynasty) in 1946.  He is currently the world’s longest reigning monarch.


May 7     May Bank Holiday – Republic of Ireland/U.K.

One of several Mondays during the warm weather months when banks and other businesses are closed to provide workers with a three-day weekend.


May 8     V-E (Victory in Europe) Day – U.S.

               Marks the 1945 surrender of German to Allied forces.


May 8     National Teacher Day – US 

A day to pay tribute to American educators, who influence and inspire the next generation through their work.  Sponsored by the National Education Association.


May 9     Victory Day -Russia

Commemorates the 1945 surrender of German forces in Eastern Europe and honors the 20 million Soviet people who died in Work War II.


May 9     Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) – Israel

Commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem and the reestablishment of Jewish control over the Old City in 1967.


May 10    Golden Spike Day – U.S./Asian American

Commemorates the day, in 1869, when the final spike was driven in the Transcontinental Railroad.  Ten thousands of Chinese immigrants were brought in as laborers for the railroad.  Their contributions were finally recognized in 1999.


May 13     Mother’s Day – U.S.

In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson set aside the second Sunday in May as an official holiday in honor of mothers.


May 15     Independence Day – Paraguay

A two-day celebration of independence from Spain in 1811.


May 17     Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education Decision – U.S.

In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.


May 17     Syttende Mai (Constitution Day) – Norway

Independence from Denmark and the day in 1814 in which the constitution was signed.


May 18     Revival and Unity Day – Turkmenistan

Commemorates the 1992 adoption of the constitution.


May 19     Ataturk Commemoration and Youth and Sports Day – Turkey

Commemorates the landing at Samsun in 1919 of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and the beginning of a national movement for independence.  On this day, young athletes carry torches to the sites of the athletic contests.


May 19     Armed Forces Day – U.S.

Proclaimed in 1949 to pay tribute to those serving in all the US armed forces.


May 20     National Day – Cameroon

Commemorates the establishment of the Republic of Cameroon on this day in 1972.


May 20     Independence Day – Cuba

Observes independence from Spain in 1902.                 


May 21     World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development – U.N.

A day to recognize cultural diversity as a source of innovation, exchange, and creativity and to learn to live together better.


May 21     Victoria Day – Canada

Victoria Day, also known as May Two-Four, May Long and May Long Weekend, is a statutory holiday in Canada on the Monday preceding May 25 commemorating Queen Victoria’s birthday


May 22     National Day – Yemen


May 22     National Maritime Day – US

Commemorates the first successful transoceanic voyage of a steam-powered vessel, the SS Savannah, which departed on this day in 1819 for Liverpool from its home port in Georgia.  Also a day of remembrance of merchant mariners who died in defense of their country.

May 23     Declaration of the Bab – Baha’l

Commemorates when the Bab, the prophet-herald for the Baha’i faith, revealed in 1844 in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), that he was the herald of a greater messenger of God.  Begins at sundown the previous day.


May 23     Labor Day – Jamaica

This holiday will be observed on Monday, May 25.  This holiday is in commemoration of Alexander Bustamante who led a labour rebellion leading Jamaica to independence on May 23, 1938, however it was not until 1961 that this day was officially celebrated as Labour Day.


May 24     Independence Day – Eritrea

Independence from Ethiopian rule in 1993 after a 30-year civil war.


May 24     Ascension Day – Eastern Orthodox Christian


May 25     African Freedom Day – International

Anniversary of the 1963 formation of the Organization of African Unity by 30 African leaders.  The day is marked by sports contests, political rallies, and tribal dances.


May 25     Independence Day – Jordan

Commemorates the 1946 treaty that established the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and independence from Great Britain.


May 25  Revolution Day – Argentina

Declared independence from the Spanish viceroy of Lima, Peru in 1810.


May 26     Independence Day – Guyana

Independence from British rule in 1966.


May 27     Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) – Jewish

A 2-day commemoration of the revelation of the 10 commandments to Moses on Mt. Sinai.  Begins at sundown the previous day.


May 27     Pentecost – Christian 

Commemorates the Holy Spirit’s descent upon the 12 Apostles.  This day is known in Germany as Pinkster Day and in many other countries as Whit Sunday.


May 28     Day of the Republic – Azerbaijan

Celebrates the founding of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan in 1918.


May 28     Memorial Day – U.S.

Remembrance of fallen soldiers and those who have died.


May 28     Spring Bank Holiday – U.K.

The spring bank holiday, also known as the late May bank holiday, is a time for people in the United Kingdom to have a day off work or school.


May 29     Ascension of Baha’u’llah – Baha’l

Commemorates the 1892 death of the prophet-founder of the Baha’i faith.  Begins at sundown the previous day.

Source:  Diversity/Cultural Celebrations from Novations 2012 Honoring Differences Diversity Calendar, www.diversitycalendar.com.


“One Thing” Diversity and Inclusion blog


“One Thing” Diversity and Inclusion blog ran from mid-January 2012 – April 29, 2012.  WSU/EWU faculty, staff and students were encouraged to write a short entry as to what they did during this time frame to foster and support diversity and inclusion.


Below are some of the things that our Riverpoint employees and students participated in to foster and support diversity and inclusion:


Read the following Books:

“Immortal Life of Henrietta” by Beverly Makhani

“The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson

“White Like Me” by Tim Wise

“Dear White America” by Time Wise

“Unequal Childhoods” by Annette Lareau

“A Fez of the Heart” by Jeremy Seal

“Half the Sky” by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, http://www.halftheskymovement.com

“Thinking Pictures” by Temple Grandin

“Perma Red” by Debra Magpie Earling

“Infidel” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America” by Melissa Harris-Perry



Attended the following Presentations/Events:

WSUS – “Great Black Women: Achievers Against the Odds” film

WSUS Diversity Week – Storytelling

WSUS – Diversity Week – International Day

WSUS – Hirahara Collection of Heart Mountain Relocation Camp

WSUS – Stand Against Racism

WSUS – “What Does Race Have to Do With It film”

WSUS – “Miss Representation” film

WSUS – Research Symposium-Poverty Panel Presentation

Hanami                  – translated means flower viewing

Tim Wise – Race/Social Justice presenter

State Conference on Disabilities in Higher Education

Marjoie Agosin – “Scraps of Life: Chilean Arpilleras” presenter

Human Rights Banquet in Coeur d’ Alene with Dr. Jianli Yang presenter

“In the Heights” musical about a neighborhood of Cubans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans and others

Spokane Symphony – featuring Serbian composer and percussionist Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic

DOL Webcast: “Vulnerable Women in the 21st Century Workforce Series – Latina Workers”.

Emerge 7 Women 7 Stools

Japanese New Year celebration at the Japanese Culture Center at Mukogawa Ft Wright Institute

Cultural Intelligence: Being Smarter Global Citizen presentation by Dr. David Livermore

Attended the first Intercollegiate Diversity Collaborative meeting involving WSUS, EWU, CCS, Gonzaga and Whitworth Universities


Watched the following Films:

“Desert Flower” about real-life supermodel Waris Dirie who began life as a Somali nomad

“Amreeka” – centered on an immigrant single mother and her teenage son from the West Bank to emigrates to a small town in Illinois

“Women on the 6th Floor” – French film, comedy about a bourgeois Frenchman whose life turns around when a new Spanish maid arrives at this residence

“The Next 500 Years” the plight of Blacks and African Americans since slavery in the U.S.

Other Activities:

Filmed dialogues in Russian Language for a course in “Russian for Healthcare Providers”

Stayed overnight for a program that house homeless families – Family Promise of Spokane

Participated in Martin Luther King Jr. march/day

Spent Valentine’s Day with members of a local retirement center

Learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone

Sorting People Activity


Harvard Implicit Test


Volunteering to help a refugee family from Nepal

Ate at the Moroccan restaurant Marrakesh

Ate at Queen of Sheba – Ethiopian restaurant

Jim Crow Museum website


Made Thai food using curry

Ate at a Thai restaurant in Portland

WSU – class presentation about diverse families

Tips on appropriate and respectful language when referring to people with disabilities



Thank you all who participated.

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