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Celebrating Cultural Moments

Denver Public Schools strives to recognize cultures and identities year round. With equity as our core identity, we aim to celebrate the significant cultural moments of our students and staff, especially those that have not been historically and consistently recognized.

We will continue to honor the rich diversity within DPS during nationally recognized months dedicated to cultures and identities — and this year, we’ll highlight stories, events, and resources shared by members of our DPS community. We also will continue to celebrate historic cultural moments, with emphasis on those that contributed to equity and civil rights for members of marginalized communities.

We hope this effort will recognize, acknowledge and honor communities, cultures and lived experiences, and create a DPS where all belong and are included.

Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 – Oct. 15
Disability Awareness October
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Monday, Oct. 12
Native American Heritage Month November
Transgender Week of Awareness Nov. 13 – 19
Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day Jan. 18
Black History Month February
Women’s History Month March
March Powwow March 19, 20 and 21
Cesar Chavez Day March 31
Day of Silence April 23
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month May
LGBTQ+ Pride Month June
Juneteenth June 19

More than just a month, more than just a day

We know that the lived experiences attached to these months and days cannot be limited by a month or day. This effort is aimed to bring awareness to the moment, but not to silence its everyday importance. Let this be a building block for ongoing learning and appreciation.

We encourage all leaders and team members who are scheduling activities and meetings to ensure that they are familiar with the nature and needs of the religious groups in their school and in our community. A list of religious holidays has been created to support you in planning your calendar, activities and meetings. If you have questions or would like to request an addition to this list, please email DPSequity@dpsk12.org.

Celebrating Through Inclusion

The content, articles, and resources shared through this effort are curated by members of the community who identify with the cultural moments being celebrated. DPS team members can help to recognize these cultural moments through teaching, and intentionally focus on supporting student instruction with additional resources available on The Commons.

Calling for Student Submissions!

Share Student Work & Art for Pride Month

#DPSTogether

Throughout the month of June, we will be joining in local and national celebrations of Pride Month. We want to feature how our students are learning about, connecting with, interpreting and celebrating this cultural moment through their writing, artwork, music, photos and videos. We’ll share submissions on our website and social media channels at the end of the month. Submitted content may be screened for a focus on highlighting the moment and grounding in our vision of equity, inclusion and belonging for all students and community. Please email your submissions to DPSEquity@dpsk12.org by June 25 for consideration.

Submit Cultural Moments

This list is a starting point and it will continue to develop and evolve. We will be looking to our DPS community to share what important cultural and historical moments should be honored and celebrated by the district. Members of the DPS community can help us to continue to develop this list by submitting cultural moments. All submissions will be reviewed annually during the summer.

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Student Submissions

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Submissions

Students and community members honored Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage -- a DCIS at Baker High School Junior's art expressed two symbols that are unique to Japanese culture: the cat and Kimono. The Asian Education Advisory Council also received 70 videos honoring AAPI community members, students and families!

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Women's History Month Submissions

Our community celebrated notable women within DPS and shared student celebrations of this cultural moment. Check out the people and art we celebrated for Women's History Month!

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Black History Month Submissions

Our students and team members are sharing how they are learning about, connecting with, interpreting and celebrating Black History Month and overall Black Excellence -- check out the submissions from schools, including, Denver Language Schools, Denison Montessori, Martin Luther King High School and Eagleton Elementary.

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Native American Heritage Month Submissions

Our DPS students and educators shared their connection to Native American Heritage through art, pictures and videos. This month we shared many videos to carry on the Native oral tradition of storytelling, thanks to our Native American Culture and Education department.

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