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Heritage Month Archive

First Federal Proclamation for National Indigenous Peoples’ Day – October 2021

Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first proposed during a United Nations conference in 1977 and was first celebrated in Berkeley in 1992. On Friday, the president signed the first federal proclamation recognizing the day as a time to celebrate and recognize the contributions of Indigenous cultures. “Since time immemorial, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians […]

Decades of Pride and Lambda Alliance Banner Design Overview

The raising of the rainbow-colored flag in celebration of Pride Month started at Berkeley Lab over 20 years ago. This year however, Lambda Alliance – the Lab’s Employee Resource Group and Activities Association that supports Sexual-orientation and Gender Minorities (SGMs) – opted to do something a little different to mark the beginning of Pride Month. […]

DOE Takes Pride in Progress

During Pride Month, the U.S. Department of Energy talked to our colleagues about what Pride Month means to them, how they celebrate Pride Month, and what’s on the horizon for our agency when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Watch the video below to hear their thoughts. Read the full article>>

Lab Raises the Progress Pride Flag – June 2021

This June, for the first time in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) history, pride flags were raised at headquarters in Washington, DC and Germantown, MD. In a fitting moment of solidarity and allyship, the Lab also raised the Progress Pride Flag, the same one flown by DOE, high upon the flagpoles outside of Building 65. […]

Understanding the Past and Present: Pride Flag and Banner

The Pride banner at the Lab has a long history, going back to 1999 and the start of the Lambda Alliance at the Lab. Several times the banner was removed by unknown persons, but when that happened, Lab leadership stepped up. Lambda Alliance first formed in October 2013 as an employee resource group (ERG) to […]

Juneteenth 2021 from the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership at UC Berkeley

As we approach Juneteenth, we take this opportunity to highlight the following stories, media, and events around the origin and history of Juneteenth, and to celebrate Black communities, culture and experiences. We hope you find these resources helpful. For a primer on Juneteenth, check out this New York Times article.

Celebrate and Learn About Juneteenth

Juneteenth (a combination of June and nineteenth), also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Liberation Day, is celebrated annually on the 19th of June to commemorate Union army general Gordon Granger’s reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, on 19 June 1865, proclaiming all enslaved persons in Texas were free. Although […]

Make Lumpia with Janie Pinterits, IDEA program manager

Government Agencies recognize LGBTQ+ employees during Pride Month

Government Executive (Buble) reported that since Pride Month started on Tuesday, “many federal agencies have been taking the opportunity to recognize their LGBTQ+ employees and share how they are advancing equity in their respective missions.” According to the article, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm tweeted on Wednesday that for “the first time ever the department […]

Special Philippine Independence Day Program – June 11, 2021

Philippine Independence Day (observed on June 12) Zoom talk on the national hero, Dr. José Rizal Date: June 11, 2021 Time: 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Watch a recording of the presentation>> This presentation will center on the life and times of Dr. Jose Rizal (1861-1896), the national hero of the Philippines. He […]