Why do we have these recognitions?
The Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging is committed to celebrating diversity, promoting inclusion, and pursuing equity for the whole Tarleton community through advocacy, training, and affirmation. During the year, we recognize several heritage and history months to celebrate our diverse community, help all Tarleton Texans feel supported and welcome, and allow our Tarleton family opportunities to learn about people like and unlike themselves.
September: Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized nationally from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15th, and is recognized at Tarleton for the month of September. “Hispanic” is a broad term that describes many different cultures, histories, and peoples.
October: LGBTQ+ History Month
LGBTQ+ History Month is recognized in the month of October. The Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging seeks to celebrate the many different experiences of LGBTQ+ people and Tarleton Texans via fun and educational programming throughout October.
October also hosts Tarleton Homecoming every year! Tarleton heritage runs deep within every Texan’s veins including the Purple Poo, Oscar P, Silver Taps, Midnight Breakfast, Beating of the Drum, and the Bonfire.
November: Native American Heritage Month
There are more than 570 indigenous nations recognized in the United States, with unique histories, cultures, and experiences. The Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging seeks to honor these groups during Native American Heritage Month through a variety of educational and cultural programs that highlight their diverse experiences, and encourage our indigenous students and Tarleton community members to celebrate the fullness of who they are.
February: Black History Month
The contributions of Black Americans have shaped America as we know it and are honored nationally during Black History Month. The Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging honors the strength, creativity, and beauty of Black Americans and our Black Texans via educational, cultural, and celebratory programs throughout the month.
March: Women’s History Month
Women’s social, political, and intellectual contributions have under recognized historically, which led to the institution of Women’s History Month. The Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging seeks to celebrate the impact women have had across history and uplift our Tarleton women during the month of March via educational, celebratory, and other programming.
April: APIDA Heritage Month
Usually honored in the month of May, The Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging holds their events honoring APIDA communities in April to give our community the opportunity to engage with this recognition. APIDA is an acronym that describes people with Asian, Pacific Islander, or Desi heritage which contains a wide diversity of cultures and experiences. ODIIP honors this recognition via educational, cultural and celebratory programming, for our APIDA Texans and our community.