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Diversity Signature Series

2019-2020  Current Issues. Diverse Voices. 

The Diversity Signature Series (DSS) highlights prominent national heritage month celebrations and other cultural events of the university's centers, institutes, and academic departments.  Through this collaboration, OIDE creates an annual diversity calendar of sponsored programs that we help to promote throughout the academic year. Our theme this year is Current Issues. Diverse Voices. 

Application Process and Submission Details

OIDE accepts submissions for inclusion in our annual Diversity Signature Series Calendar. Programs related to civil discourse, social and restorative justice, healing and moving towards action can be a guide to determine which cultural program/event from your area may be appropriate for the series. A calendar list of nationally recognized heritage months is provided below. Please contact us to have additional heritage months included.

Please submit a cultural programming proposal via our online form to officially apply for Diversity Signature Series inclusion and funding (optional). Select the Diversity Signature Series funding category. Please confirm the event logistics before submitting your proposal for consideration, (date, time, location, invited guest/speakers, etc.). Email your confirmations along with the event budget to You can also contact us at (312) 362-6872 for questions about the process.

Submission Deadline for the 2018-2019 Academic Year:

For fall and winter quarter programs:  Friday, September 13, 2019.

For spring quarter programs:  Friday, January 24, 2020.

Next Steps

The OIDE Cultural Programming Committee will review proposals  in September. Notifications are sent out on a rolling basis. Selected events will be promoted as the Diversity Signature Series for the upcoming academic year. Submissions that are not selected may still be considered for an Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity grant under an applicable alternate category.

Please contact us at or (312) 362-6872.  

Nationally Recognized Heritage Months

September        Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)

October              National Disability Employment Awareness Month

November         American Indian Month, Veterans Month, Military Family Month

December         Universal Human Rights Month

February            Black History Month 

March                 Women's History Month, Irish American Heritage Month

May                      Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, National Military  Appreciation Month

June                    LGBTQ Pride Month


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