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Diversity and Difference

The Dean of Students Office Recognizes Important Events in April

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

During the month of April, in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, people across the country come together to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect prevention. National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

2014 Resource Prevention Guide
Resources: www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventionmonth/ www.preventchildabuse.org/index.php

April 2nd
World Autism Awareness Day

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day (A/RES/62/139) to highlight the need to help improve the lives of children and adults who suffer from the disorder so they can lead full and meaningful lives.

April 7th
20th Commemoration of the Rwanda Genocide

The start date of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, 7 April, has been designated by the UN General Assembly as the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda. On or around that date, the UN is organizing or participating in commemorative events in many countries this year, including in Armenia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo, Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

The memorial ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York will take place on 16 April, at 6:15 pm. It will be webcast live at webtv.un.org. The memorial ceremony will be followed by the opening of an exhibit organized by the Government of Rwanda in the UN Visitors Centre.

A brief history of the conflict in Rwanda
Rwanda: 20 Years Later
7 Billion Others Project

April 6th
National Tartan Day

National Tartan Day is a US observance on April 6 each year. It commemorates the Scottish Declaration of Independence. It also recognizes achievements of Americans of Scottish descent.

April 8th
Ram Navami

A Hindu festival, celebrating the birth of Lord Rama to King Dasharatha of Ayodhya. The holiday is celebrated on the ninth day of Chaitra month (the first month in the Hindu lunar calendar). It marks the culmination of the spring festival of Vasanta Navratri (Chaitra Navratri). Rama was the 7th incarnation of Vishnu. He was the hero of the Ramayana, the ancient Sanskrit epic.

A continuous recital of the book takes place during the month of Chaitra prior to the celebration. On Ram Navami itself, the highlights of the story are read in the temple. Houses are thoroughly cleaned on Rama Navami and a family shrine may be decorated with small statues of Rama. Offerings of flowers and fruit are placed on the shrine and prayers are recited after an early bath.

Source: www.officeholidays.com/countries/india/ram_navami.php

April 11th
National Day of Silence

April 11, 2014 is the National Day of Silence, a student-led action sponsored by Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) in which thousands of students around the country will remain silent for all or part of the school day to call attention to the harassment and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

4 truths that address common misinformation about the Day of Silence.
The Freedom to Speak or Not: FAQs
Source: www.dayofsilence.org

April 14th-22nd
Passover

One of the Jewish religion's most sacred and widely observed holidays, Passover (Hebrew: Pesach) commemorates the story of the Israelites' departure from ancient Egypt, which appears in the Hebrew Bible's books of Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, among other texts. Jews observe the weeklong festival with a number of important rituals, including traditional Passover meals known as seders, the removal of leavened products from their home, the substitution of matzo for bread and the retelling of the exodus tale.

History of Passover
Source: www.history.com/topics/holidays/passover

April 20th
Easter Sunday

Easter, a Christina holiday, celebrates Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead. Christian churches in the West celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21st. Therefore, Easter is observed anywhere between March 22 and April 25 every year. Lent, the 40-day period leading up to Easter Sunday, is a time of reflection and penance and represents the 40 days that Jesus spent alone in the wilderness before starting his ministry, a time in which Christians believe he survived various temptations by the devil. The week preceding Easter is called Holy Week and includes Maundy Thursday, which commemorates Jesus' last supper with his disciples; Good Friday, which honors the day of his crucifixion; and Holy Saturday, which focuses on the transition between the crucifixion and resurrection. The 50-day period following Easter Sunday is called Eastertide and includes a celebration of Jesus' ascension into heaven.

Source: www.history.com/topics/holidays/history-of-easter

April 22nd
Earth Day

Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. Like Earth Days of the past, Earth Day 2014 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time as the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever. Earth Day 2014 will seek to do just that through its global theme: Green Cities. With smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, we can transform our cities and forge a sustainable future.

The Green Cities Campaign helps cities and communities around the world accelerate their transition to a more sustainable future.

April 25th
World Malaria Day

Since 2000, malaria mortality rates have fallen by more than 25%, and 50 of the 99 countries with ongoing transmission are now on track to meet the 2015 World Health Assembly target of reducing incidence rates by more than 75%. But we are not there yet. Malaria still kills an estimated 660 000 people worldwide, mainly children under five years of age in sub-Saharan Africa. Every year, more than 200 million cases occur; most of these cases are never tested or registered.

World Malaria Day will be celebrated on 25 April 2013. The global campaign theme for 2013 and the coming years is Invest in the future. Defeat malaria. World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control.

Facts on Malaria

April 29th
Ninth Day of Ridvan

In the Baha'i faith, the twelve-day period between April 21st and May 2nd marks the holiest and happiest festival of the year, called Ridvan (pronounced Rez-wan). These Baha'i Holy Days, which celebrate the beginning of the Baha'i Faith in 1863, also recognize a period of great turmoil in Baha'i history and signify the transformation of suffering and oppression into joy.

Baha'is observe and celebrate those holidays by abstaining from work and taking part in gatherings, observances, parties and picnics. These occasions, often characterized by reflection, prayer and reading from the Baha'i writings, remind Baha'is that devotion to a noble cause dedicated to the service of humanity can bring us great and lasting happiness.

This symbol – the reunification and strength of the bond of family, and by extension the unity of the entire human family – permeates the meaning of the ninth day of Ridvan.

History of the 9th Day of Rivdan

April 30th
International Jazz Day

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots; promote intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication.

On this day, this international art form is recognized for promoting diversity and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change. International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its heritage throughout the month of April.

Global Concert in Osaka, Japan broadcast live on demand! (6:00 am EDT)

The National Museum of American History will celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with the theme Jazz Alchemy: A Love Supreme, to pay tribute to John Coltrane and the 50th anniversary of his composition "A Love Supreme."

Contact Information

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Updated 5/20/14

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November 2009
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October 2009
National Coming Out Day: October 11th and Disability Awareness Month: October

September 2009
Hispanic Heritage Month

The Changing Face of Immigration: Legal Debates, Controversies and the Implications for Clinical Practice (PDF)

May 2009
Weil Grant Training: Leading Culturally Sensitive Parent Education Support Group

April 2009
Latino Mental Health Professional Networking Evening

Diversity Training: Hurricane Katrina Disaster Victims

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