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Culture & Observances

Please keep these dates in mind when scheduling:


  • July 4: Independence Day (USA)
  • July 16: Guru Purnima (Jain, Hindu)
  • July 16: Wassana (Buddhist)


  • August 5: Civic Holiday (Canada)
  • August 10: Day of Hajj (Islam)
  • August 11: Id-Al-Adha (Islam)
  • August 11: Tish'a B'Av (Jewish)
  • August 15: Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)
  • August 15: Assumption (Christian)
  • August 24: Janmashtami (Hindu)
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Food for Thought

What does inclusion in the workplace really mean?

  • People feel included when they are treated equitably and with respect.
  • There is a sense of their authentic self being valued by others while at the same time feeling connectedness to a group.
  • Inclusion is expressed as feeling safe to speak up without fear of embarrassment or retaliation thus increasing employee morale.
  • Inclusion is a sense of feeling empowered to grow and work more effectively and efficiently.
from Multicultural Calendar 2019,
published by Creative Cultural Communications
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  • Did you miss the Inclusive Excellence Summit? Read about what happened at this inaugural event and the work being done at Cornell to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace.

  • New Season! Inclusive Excellence Podcast: Watch for new episodes every two weeks! Each episode unpacks topics related to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and includes interviews and action steps listeners can implement immediately. Click here to listen to a new episode from this season.

  • Nominations Open for President's "Culture of Belonging" Award: Recognize an employee who goes beyond expectations to create and support an open, inclusive, welcoming, and equitable workplace environment for all members of the Cornell community. Submit a nomination now!
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Learning Opportunities

July 17, 2019
2:00-4:00 PM, G10 Biotech

Facilitators will discuss key concepts that contribute to unfair treatment in the workplace. They will then offer strategies for how to respond to unfair treatment and reflect on personal action steps and resources that are available at Cornell. Free.

Click here to register via CULearn
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Inclusive Event Planning: Check out the website for help planning around cultural and religious holidays and observances. You can even create your own custom calendar!

Do you have an article, suggestion, or idea about diversity and inclusion you'd like to share with Cornell's HR community?
Email the HR Diversity Council!