Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Events

Fall 2021

The following list of programs engages questions about diversity, inclusion, and contemporary social issues to further deepen dialogue and contemplation. Please remember that dates, times and locations may change. Please refer to the College's Events Calendar for the most up-to-date information!

The College is committed to providing accessible programs and events. If you need any accommodations, please visit the College's Events Calendar to determine program organizers, and contact them directly. Advance notice is appreciated.

Download a print version of the original calendar events for Fall 2021 (PDF)

Download a print version of the updated calendar events for November/December (PDF)

Download a print version of the Diversity Awareness Calendar Fall 2021 (PDF)

September 2021

Friday, Sept 3 |

Paryushana Parva | Jain | Eight-day festival of forgiveness and self-discipline

Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept 7–8

Rosh Hashanah | Judaism | Beginning of the Jewish Year and High Holy Days.

Friday, Sept 10

Ganesh Chaturthi | Hinduism | Birthday of Lord Ganesha, god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and the remover of obstacles.

Thursday, Sept 14

Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) | Christian | One of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church

Thursday, Sept 16th

Yom Kippur | Judaism | Day of Atonement.

Thursday, Sept 16-23rd

Bisexuality Awareness Week | This week aims to increase acceptance of the bi+ (bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, polysexual, fluid, no label, etc.) community.

Thursday, Sept 23rd

Celebrate Bisexual Day | Also known as Bisexual Visibility Day, which is celebrated each year on the 23rd of September and aims to combat bisexual and biromantic erasure by raising awareness of bi+ identities.

October 2021

Monday, Oct 4 | 4:00 – 5:00 PM | Hogan Fourth Floor Jenks Suite A

Inclusive Healthy Relationship Series: Boo’d Up

Have you ever explored your feelings and expectations about relationships? What does a good relationship look and sound like to you? Join this workshop to explore these questions and more! Kelsey Moran from Counseling Services will be facilitating a conversation. This workshop is limited to 25 students. Workshops are being held throughout October. You do not have to attend a prior workshop to attend a future one. Attend one, two, or all three! There is no requirement or commitment. We hope to see you there! Please contact Amie Archambault for more information. anarcham@holycross.edu

Tuesday, Oct 5 | 7:30 –9:00 PM | Brooks Concert Hall

Johnny Gandelsman - This is America

A founding member of Brooklyn Rider and a member of the Silkroad Ensemble, Grammy-award winning violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman returns to Holy Cross with a solo program featuring J.S. Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3 on the violin and selections from “This Is America,” a new commissioning and recording project featuring over twenty new works for solo violin, written by American and US-based artists. “This is America” celebrates America’s rich cultural tapestry and its myriad perspectives, thoughts and ideas, offering a vivid counterpoint to the idea that this land can be understood through a singular, dominant point of view. Each composition in the anthology reflects on the current state of American society in a personal and intimate way, looking through an unflinching lens at universal topics like separation, loneliness, hope and love. Please contact Marta Beyer for more information at mbeyer@holycross.edu

Tuesday, Oct 5 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM | Stein Quad

OME & LASO Karaoke Night

Join OME and LASO on Tuesday, October 5th from 10-11:30 p.m. for karaoke night on the Hoval. Let’s sing and dance the night away with food and good music. Can’t stay the whole time? That is alright, feel free to grab some food, sing a song or two, and be on your way! Don’t want to sing? That is also alright. Contact Chris Campbell at for more information.
Contact Kasey Catlett at ccampbel@gmail.com for more information.

Wednesday, Oct 6 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Hogan 403

Watch & Discuss - The Graduates/Los Graduados

To celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, OME is hosting a Watch & Discuss event to view and discuss the film, “The Graduates/Los Graduados.” The Graduates/Los Graduados explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six Latino and Latina students from across the United States. More than a survey of contemporary policy debates, the bilingual, two-part film offers first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing Latino high school students and their families, educators, and community leaders. It is the story of the graduates who will make up America’s future. Contact Chris Campbell at for more information at ccampbel@holycross.edu

Thursday, Oct 7 | 4:00 – 5:30 PM | Campion House Porch

Rainbow Reception

Come join Outfront, Pride and the chaplains as we celebrate the diversity presence at Holy Cross. This reception is open to students in the LGBTQ+ community as well as Allies. Come learn more about the different resources on campus for the LGBTQ+ community and meet new people. Please contact Laura Nelson for more information at lnelson@holycross.edu

Sunday,  Oct 10 | 2:00 – 4:00 PM | Blaney Gym (Luth Athletic Complex)

PRIDE Volleyball Game vs Lehigh

In honor of National Coming Out Day on 10/11 Holy Cross Women’s Volleyball would like to show support for all in the LGBTQIA+ community.  Please contact Aaron Dashiell for more information at adashiel@holycross.edu

Monday, Oct 11

National Coming Out Day | National Coming Out Day is held on the anniversary of the March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian rights and it emphasizes the courage that it takes for LGBTQIA+ folks to shares their identity with others.

Monday, Oct 11

Indigenous Peoples’ Day | The day celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures.

Friday, Oct 15 

Dussehra | Hinduism | Celebrates Lord Rama’s triumph over evil King Ravana, also celebrates the conquest by the Goddess Chamundeshwari over demon
King Mahishasura.

Monday, Oct 18

Mawlid an Nabi | Islam | Commemorates birthday of prophet Muhammad.

Monday, Oct 18 | 4:00 – 5:00 PM | Hogan Fourth Floor Jenks Suite A

Inclusive Healthy Relationship Series: Pizza and Fries (A conversation about Consent)

Assistant Director for Prevention and Education, Jillian Kelley, will be hosting a conversation about consent. You may be wondering, how could pizza and fries relate to consent? Come join us to find out more! This workshop is limited to 25 students. Pizza will be served during this session! Workshops are being held throughout October. You do not have to attend a prior workshop to attend a future one. Attend one, two, or all three! There is no requirement or commitment. We hope to see you there! Please contact Amie Archambault for more information at  anarcham@holycross.edu

Monday, Oct 18 | 4:00 – 5:00 PM | 4:00 – 5:00 PM | The Hub

Self-Care Workshop

Self-care workshop series focused on the experiences of students of color. Students have the opportunity to engage in activities to ground themselves in self-care practices as an effort to reclaim their space and energy. Contact Chris Campbell for more information at  ccampbel@holycross.edu

Tuesday, Oct 19 | 4:30 – 5:30 PM | Rehm Library

From Justice to Reconciliation: A Jesuit Response to the Refugee Crisis in the Middle East

Over 13 million people have been forcibly displaced by the crisis in Syria since 2012, and over 4 million people need humanitarian assistance in Iraq because of the ISIS/ ISIL military activity since 2014. These combine to form the largest forcibly displaced population in the world since the Second World War. Ten years into these crises, there is no clear direction toward return. In this talk, former Holy Cross Chaplain Rev. Dan Corrou, S.J., Regional Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the Middle East (Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria), will describe humanitarian approaches to the crises and the JRS mission of accompaniment—a model for the work of reconciliation based in the 500-year Ignatian tradition of cura personalis. Please contact Danielle Lamoureux-Kane for more information at dkane@holycross.edu

Tuesday, Oct 19 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Hogan 402(3)

LIFT Development Program

The Office of Multicultural Education, Center for Career Development, and Alumni Relations invite students to join us for the LIFT Development Program this semester. The goal of LIFT Development is to encourage students to find their voice, support students as they learn to lead from the intersections of their identity, and coach students through transitional milestones. LIFT Development focuses on strategies to build social capital, increase financial literacy, and establish networks for career success. Contact Chris Campbell for more information at ccampbel@holycross.edu

Wednesday, Oct 20

International Pronouns Day | This day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace.

Thursday, Oct 21 | 4:00 – 5:00 PM | 4:00 – 5:00 PM |TBA

SPECTRUM

SPECTRUM is a celebratory space that centers queer, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming BIPOC experiences. This space focuses on community and connection as we process everything and anything race, sexuality, and gender-related. If students are interested in attending SPECTRUM or looking to get involved, they should reach out to the group facilitator Chris Campbell for more information at ccampbel@holycross.edu

Thursday, Oct 21 | 7:30 – 9:00 PM | Mechanics Hall

Terence Blanchard feat. The E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet: Absence

In Absence, 2018 USA Fellow, Oscar nominee, and five-time GRAMMY®- winning trumpeter & composer Terence Blanchard celebrates both the brilliance of jazz master Wayne Shorter’s legacy and the inspiration he has given Blanchard, influencing his ever-expanding amalgam of music and storytelling. For this monumental task, Blanchard unites his internationally acclaimed band The E-Collective, featuring young musical pioneers Charles Altura on guitar, Fabian Almazan on piano and synthesizers, Oscar Seaton on drums, and David “DJ” Ginyard on bass, with the double-GRAMMY®-winning Turtle Island Quartet. The album ABSENCE, celebrating the music of Wayne Shorter, will be released by Blue Note in late August. Please contact Marta Beyer for more information at mbeyer@holycross.edu

Thursday, Oct 21

Spirit Day | Spirit Day is an opportunity for people across the world to show their support of the LGBTQIA+ community and take a stand against bullying by wearing the color purple.

Sunday, Oct 24 - 31

Asexual Week | Formerly Known as Asexual Awareness Week, Ace Week aims to move beyond just raising awareness of asexual identities and on to a more active approach that will improve the lives of asexual people through legislation and financial support.

Tuesday, Oct 26

Intersex Awareness Day | This day aims to bring awareness to and fight against the human rights violations that intersex people experience.

Wednesday Oct 27| 4:30 – 5:30 PM | Rehm Library

Refugees, Prisoners of War, and Foster Kids: A Long History of Child Taking

The Border policy of taking children of migrants to get them to withdraw their petitions for an asylum hearing became sharply politicized in 2018 and 2019, with many suggesting that the Trump administration was uniquely cruel. In this talk, Laura Briggs, Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst and an expert on U.S. and international child welfare policy, will argue that on the contrary, from Indian Wars to the Cold War to the War on Drugs, the U.S. federal government under both Democratic and Republican administrations has taken children for political ends. It has also consistently engendered opposition, from the 19th century to the present. Briggs is author of “Taking Children: A History of American Terror” (University of California Press, 2021). Please contact Danielle Lamoureux-Kane for more information at dkane@holycross.edu

Wednesday Oct 27 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM | Blaney Gym, Luth Athletic Complex

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: Afterwardsness

“The music is live and largely elegiac, the dancing, virtuosic and mostly abstract though flecked with gestures of vulnerability, pain and anger” -Brian Seibert, The New York Times In the psychoanalysis of Sigmund Freud, afterwardsness is “a mode of belated understanding or retroactive attribution of sexual or traumatic meaning to earlier events… “Jettisoning the sexual component and emphasizing the notion of “trauma,” this awkward though evocative term comes very close to describing Jones’ state of mind when offered a commission to create a socially-distanced work at this particular collective moment. In some ways, the title parodies Jones’ (and many others’) desire to have reached an end point to our twin pandemics: COVID-19 and and on-going violence against Black bodies. The piece has been constructed quickly and within the constraints and uncertainty of social distancing. Afterwardsness engages a retrospective dimension from choreographic assignments given to the dancers during their isolation. The dancers studied archival videos and learned phrase material stretching back 40 years and no longer in the company’s repertory. Musical Director Pauline Kim Harris, in collaboration with composer/vocalist/instrumentalist Holland Andrews, created a composite score that includes Kim’s original work 8’46”—an homage to George Floyd—as well as compositions by Andrews and company members, Vinson Fraley, Jr. and Chanel Howard. Following the work’s retroactive logic, the score also includes a conscious excerpting of Olivier Messaien’s great war-time composition Quartet for the End of Time. Please contact Marta Beyer for more information at mbeyer@holycross.edu

Wednesday, Oct 27

Buddhas Descent | Buddhism | Lhabab Duchen is a festival observing the descent of Buddha from heaven to earth.

Sunday, Oct 31

Reformation Day | Protestant | Celebration in remembrance of the onset of the Reformation.

November-December 2021

Monday, Nov 1

All Saint’s Day | Christian | Honors all the saints known and unknown.

Monday/Tuesday, Nov 1-2

Day of the Dead | Celebrated mainly in Mexico and in association with Catholic holidays all saints day and all souls day. Meant to commemorate the memory of family and friends that died.

Tuesday, Nov 2

All Soul’s Day | Christian | A holy day set aside for honoring the dead.

Tuesday, Nov 2 | 4:30 – 5:30 PM | Rehm Library

Muslims and the Holocaust

Mehnaz M. Afridi, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College, will discuss her journey as a Muslim learning about the Holocaust, interviewing Holocaust survivors, antisemitism and Islamophobia, and Islam and memory. She is author of “Shoah Through Muslim Eyes” (American Studies Press, 2017). Part of the Kraft-Hiatt Program in Jewish-Christian Understanding. Please contact Danielle Lamoureux-Kane for more information at dkane@holycross.edu

Sunday, Nov 7

Trans Parent Day | This day celebrates the nurturing relationships between transgender and gender non-conforming parents and their children.

Monday, Nov 8 | 9:00AM – 12 PM | Hogan 1

National First-Generation College Celebration Day!

If you are the first in your family to attend or graduate college today is your day and we celebrate YOU! Come on down to Hogan 1 in the morning as the HCF1RST Scholars kick of HCF1RST Week and celebrate National FirstGen College Celebration day with treats, swag, raffle basket and music! Contact Amie Archambault for more information

Monday, Nov 8 | 4:30 – 5:30 PM | Rehm Library

Politics in the Name of Lord Rama in Narendra Modi’s India

Kalpana Jain, an award-winning journalist and senior religion and ethics editor at The Conversation US, will discuss how politics is being reshaped in India and religious sentiments are being mobilized under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She will illustrate how the Bharatiya Janata Party, India’s pro-Hindu nationalist ruling party, has used the image of Hindu God Rama to whip up religious sentiments to its advantage and unite Hindus. Jain has written extensively on Hindu nationalism, poverty, gender issues and healthcare in India. As a Pulitzer Center grantee, her project on “Hindu Nationalism, Its Toll, and India’s Inter-Faith Resilience” explores the effect of Hindu nationalism on Indian society through the lives of women and millennials. Please contact Danielle Lamoureux-Kane for more information at dkane@holycross.edu

Monday, Nov 8 | 6:00PM – 7:00 PM |Virtual | Registration Link

Virtual Conversation on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Leadership

Join the conversation with our speakers as they talk about how they chose their careers and how they incorporate Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice into their jobs. Please come prepared to ask questions. This 1-hour conversation is structured to address specific challenges, questions and share advice with another for those who join the call. Please contact Erica Mendoza for more information.

Monday, Nov 8

Intersex Day Of Solidarity/Remembrance | Also known as Intersex Solidarity Day, is an international awareness day that aims to draw attention to the issues faced by members of the intersex community. It is observed on November 8, marking the birth anniversary of Herculine Barbin.

Tuesday, Nov 9 | 5 – 7 PM | Loyola Ballroom

First- Gen Mentor Dinner

Join the HCF1RST Scholars and the First-Gen Student Success Committee for our fourth annual Mentor Dinner. Students, faculty and staff come together in community for conversation and good food as we celebrate HCF1RST Week and National First Generation College Celebration Day for those trailblazers who are first in their family to attend college! Contact Amie Archambault for more information

Tuesday, Nov 9 | 7 – 8:30 PM | Hogan Ballroom

Be Fearless For Me: Father Greg Boyle on Courage and the Gospel of the Marginalized

Pope Francis insists that the credibility of the Church rests in the Gospel to the Marginalized, the invitation from Jesus to be courageous in living the gospel at the margins. Drawing on thirty years of working with gang members in Los Angeles, Father Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries, returns to Holy Cross to talk about joy, hope and the courage of tenderness. Accompanied by “homies,” former gang members now part of his organization, he shares stories from his new book, “The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness” (Simon & Schuster, 2021). Please contact Danielle Lamoureux-Kane for more information.

Wed, Nov 10 | 4:30 – 5:45 PM | Rehm Library

Film Premiere: Pakachoag—Where the River Bends

Be a part of history in the premiere of a new Holy Cross production tracing the Native American story of the land where the College now resides. Learn about the Nipmuc people and their stewardship of the land, water, and animal relations with whom we share this place. The film (runtime 45 minutes) will be followed by discussion with the creators. With this new lens on Holy Cross and College Hill neighborhood, how can we best acknowledge the indigenous experience of our campus? Introductory remarks offered by Holy Cross President Vincent Rougeau. Please contact Danielle Lamoureux-Kane for more information.

Thursday, Nov 11 | 4:00 – 5:00 PM |TBA

SPECTRUM

SPECTRUM is a celebratory space that centers queer, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming BIPOC experiences. This space focuses on community and connection as we process everything and anything race, sexuality, and gender-related. If students are interested in attending SPECTRUM or looking to get involved, they should reach out to the group facilitator Chris Campbell for more information at ccampbel@holycross.edu

Saturday, Nov 13

Jain New Year | Jain | Jains celebrate new year on the first day of the following month of Kartika.

Saturday, Nov 13-20

Transgender Awareness Week | Trans Awareness week serves to increase visibility of transgender individuals as well as address the issues that transgender people currently face.

Monday, Nov 15 | 4:00 – 5:00 PM | The Hub

Self-Care Workshop

Self-care workshop series focused on the experiences of students of color. Students have the opportunity to engage in activities to ground themselves in self-care practices as an effort to reclaim their space and energy. Contact Chris Campbell for more information at  ccampbel@holycross.edu

Thursday, Nov 16 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Hogan 402(3)

LIFT Development Program

The Office of Multicultural Education, Center for Career Development, and Alumni Relations invite students to join us for the LIFT Development Program this semester. The goal of LIFT Development is to encourage students to find their voice, support students as they learn to lead from the intersections of their identity, and coach students through transitional milestones. LIFT Development focuses on strategies to build social capital, increase financial literacy, and establish networks for career success. Contact Chris Campbell for more information at ccampbel@holycross.edu

Friday, Nov 19

Birth of Guru Nanak | Sikh | Celebrates the birth of the founder of Sikhism and the first of the Sikh Gurus.

Friday, Nov 19 

International Men’s Day | This day focuses on men’s health, improving gender relations, highlighting male role models (including those who don’t
fall into traditional manifestations of masculinity or those within the LGBTQIA+ community), and promoting positive expressions of masculinity.

Saturday, Nov 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance | TDOR is an annual observance that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Sunday, Nov 21 | 5 – 7 PM | Loyola Ballroom

Friendsgiving 

Friendsgiving serves as an opportunity for students to connect with each other, be in the community, and eat food from local vendors in Worcester before they leave for Thanksgiving break. Contact Chris Campbell for more information.

Sunday, Nov 28

First Sunday of Advent | Christian | Season of expectant waiting and preparation of the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.

Sunday, 28 - 12/6

Hanukkah | Judaism | Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple at the beginning of the Maccabean revolt.

December 2021

Wednesday, Dec 1

World AIDS Day | World AIDS Day serves to support those who are currently living with HIV and honor those who have passed away from AIDSrelated illness.

Thursday, Dec 2 | 4:00 – 5:00 PM |TBA

SPECTRUM

SPECTRUM is a celebratory space that centers queer, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming BIPOC experiences. This space focuses on community and connection as we process everything and anything race, sexuality, and gender-related. If students are interested in attending SPECTRUM or looking to get involved, they should reach out to the group facilitator Chris Campbell for more information at ccampbel@holycross.edu

Monday, Dec 6 | 4:00 – 5:00 PM | 4:00 – 5:00 PM | The Hub

Self-Care Workshop

Self-care workshop series focused on the experiences of students of color. Students have the opportunity to engage in activities to ground themselves in self-care practices as an effort to reclaim their space and energy. Contact Chris Campbell for more information at ccampbel@holycross.edu

Wednesday, Dec 8

Bodhi Day | Buddhism | Commemorates the day that the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautauma (Shakyamuni), attained enlightenment.

Wednesday, Dec 8

Pansexual and Panromantic Pride Day | On December 8th, we celebrate National Pansexual Pride Day and the strides taken by the pansexual and panromantic community to be accepted and understood.

Friday, Dec 10

Human Rights Day | This day is observed every year on December 10th — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Saturday, Dec 25

Christmas | Christian | Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.

Sunday, Dec 26- Jan 1

Kwanzaa | Annual celebration of African American culture that culminates in a feast at the end of the holiday week