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Theme Months, Weeks, and Days


ONGOING: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Days

Purchase College, SUNY programs monthly Hunger and Homeless Awareness Days because we will only eradicate hunger and homelessness by building a movement from the ground up - a movement comprised of a diverse population that demands an end to the unnecessary social ills.

Fact: The average age of a homeless person is 9.

SEPTEMBER: Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is the period to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture.

Fact: 132.8 million is the projected Hispanic population of the United States on July 1, 2050.

OCTOBER: GLBT History Month

GLBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.

Fact: The rainbow flag wasn't used as a symbol for gay pride until 1978.

DECEMBER: AIDS Awareness Candlelight Vigil

The AIDS Candlelight Vigil is meant to meant to honor all those who have been affected by the AIDS pandemic.

Fact:  The number of seconds that pass between each new HIV infection worldwide is approximately 12 seconds.

FEBRUARY: Black History Month

Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

Fact: Black Music Composer and Producer, Quincy Jones, is the most Grammy-nominated artist in the history of the awards with 76 nominations and 26 wins.

MARCH: Women's History Month

Women's History Month is an annual declared month in the United States that highlights Women's historic contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Fact: There are 154.7 million women in the United States, 4.1 million more than there are men!

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week  is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

Fact: The percentage of Asians, age 25 and over, who have a bachelor's degree or higher level of education is %50.  Asians have the highest proportion of college graduates of any race or ethnic group in the country.