This time of year includes celebrations by many faiths and cultures, including those of our wonderfully diverse faculty, staff, students and community partners. As a state university, we must be mindful and respectful of the diverse beliefs, nonbeliefs and cultures in our community and inclusive of all perspectives while getting into the spirit of the end of one year and the beginning of the new.

Some suggestions from one of the articles below:

Learn About Other Religious or Holiday Celebrations

Carve out some time from online shopping or a holiday TV show to learn about another culture’s celebrations during this time. Watch a TV special about other celebrations, do a Google search on a holiday, or check out books at your local bookstore while gift shopping. Share your learning with others, and use it as a chance to expand the conversation at parties and at the dinner table.

Make No Expectations

Realize that people celebrate a variety of holidays during this time of year, and some people choose to celebrate none. Be respectful of these differences by taking an interest in other people’s traditions and making them feel welcome. Don’t be afraid to ask people what holidays they celebrate. Find out what they do during this time of the year that is special. Let it be an opportunity to learn about different cultures and religions and the traditions that accompany them.

Mark Your Calendar and Your Address Book

If the calendar you use does not list holidays like Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Ramadan, and Diwali, find out the dates and record them as reminders. Many programs like Microsoft Outlook allow users to add calendar dates for celebrations from different parts of the world automatically, making this task quick and effortless.

Articles of Interest on this topic:
How to Appreciate Diversity During the Holidays
Holiday decorations and celebrations guidelines for a respectful and inclusive workplace