2016 - 2017 College-Wide Equity & Diversity Events 


June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, established to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on the world. LGBT groups celebrate this special time with pride parades, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings. The last Sunday in June is Gay Pride Day.

June 4: Pentecost is the celebration of the giving of the 10 Commandments by God at Mount Sinai.
June 14: Flag Day in the United States. This day is observed to celebrate the history and symbolism of the American flag.
June 15: Native American Citizenship Day. This observance commemorates the day in 1924 when the United States Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans.
June 16: Sikhs observe the Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev. Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth Sikh guru and the first Sikh martyr.
June 19: Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day. It is observed as a public holiday in 14 U.S. states. This celebration honors the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas and Louisiana finally heard they were free, two months after the end of the Civil War. June 19, therefore, became the day of emancipation for thousands of Blacks.
June 21: Lailat-al-Qadir is the holiest night of the year for Muslims, and is traditionally celebrated on the 27th day of Ramadan. It is known as the “Night of Power,” and commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad
June 25th, Multicultural Family Day at Tampa Water Works Park (1710 N. Highlands Ave.) between 11am and 7pm. This event is open to the public and co-sponsored by HCC and the Ybor City Campus. Please invite your friends and family to attend this great event and represent HCC. More details about this FREE event
June 26-28: Eid-al-Fitr is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal. It marks the end of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting and prayer. Many Muslims attend communal prayers, listen to a khutba (sermon) and give zakat al-fitr (charity in the form of food) during Eid al-Fitr. 
June 26: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Day in the United States. It celebrates the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.

 Past Events


National Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 - October 15, 2016

Domestic Violence Awareness Month - October

Festival of the Jewish New Year
October 2 - 4, 2016 

Hispanic Heritage Day - Brandon Campus
Thursday, October 4 - 11:00 a.m. Student Services Courtyard
Join us for lunch and various activities

Hispanic Heritage Celebration - Ybor City Campus
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 12 noon - 2:00 pm
Ybor Campus Courtyard

Yom Kippur  - Day of Atonement
The holiest day of the year in Judaism
October 11 - 12, 2016 

Hispanic Heritage - Clinica de Migrantes - Dale Mabry Campus
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 3:00 pm
Dale Mabry Student Services Auditorium
Join us for this powerful documentary that focuses on issues and challenges undocumented immigrants currently face to receive reasonable health care services in the United States.

African Americans in the Arts - Ybor City Campus
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:00 pm - Ybor Room
Presented by the HCC Chapter of the National Council of Black American Affairs

Unequal Access to Mental Health Services
Dale Mabry Campus
Thursday October 20, 2016 - 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. DSTU Auditorium

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Presentation - Brandon Campus
Isabel “Cissy” Boza Sevelin, ESQ.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 9:00 am - 11:30 am BADM 116-117
Breakfast will be served


Native American Month Celebration - TBA 
Matika Wilbur, a Native American woman of the Swinomish and Tulalip Tribes (Washington), a unique artist and social documentarian in Indian Country. 

Stan Natchez - Indian Without Reservation - Ybor Art Gallery
November 10 - December 9, 2016
Artist's Reception, Thursday, November 10, 4:30 - 7:30 pm, Gallery Talk 6:15 pm
HCC Performing Arts Building, Art Gallery, First Floor
More information


Hanukkah - December 24 - January 1, 2017
Christmas - December 25, 2016
Kwanzaa - December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
This project offers awards to organizations or groups to develop and complete a service project that will positively impact the community, while honoring Dr. King’s legacies of non-violent activism, racial equality, service to others and social uplift. Visit the 2017 Calendar of Events.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Thursday, January 12, 2017  1pm- 2pm
Brandon Campus Auditorium (BSSB)
Featuring HCC Vice President of Student Services, Dr. Kenneth Ray


African American History Month - February 1 - 28, 2017

Black, Brown & College Bound - February 22 - 25, 2017
HCC is pleased to announce that the 11th annual Black, Brown & College Bound Summit will be held February 22-25, 2017 in Tampa, Florida at the Tampa Marriott Waterside.

District Black History Month Program "From Civil Rights to Human Rights"
Friday, February 10, 2017 11 am - 1 pm
TCTC 124
The program will feature an extraordinary panel of members of civil rights organizations and current change agents for human rights.  Talented HCC will provide entertainment and a "soul food" lunch buffet will be provided.


National Women’s History Month 2017
Theme: “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business”

Courageous Conversations: The Refugee Experience
Thursday, March 2, 2017  11:00 am 
Brandon Campus, BSSB 206-208

Women's History Month Event
Honoring Jane Castor - Retired Chief of Police, Tampa Police Department

Monday, March 20, 2017, 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Ybor Room - Ybor City Campus

Addressing Equity and Diversity Challenges in the Workplace
Wednesday, March 22, 2017- 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Brandon Campus Conference Center - BADM 116-117
Refreshments will be served.


May 3: Buddha Day is a festival that marks Gautama Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. It falls on the day of the full moon in May and it is a gazetted holiday in India.
May 5: Cinco de Mayo which commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). This day celebrates Mexican culture and heritage, including parades and mariachi music performances.
May 15: Buddha Day (Vesak or Visakha Puja), which marks the occasion of the birth, spiritual awakening and death of the historical Buddha.
May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, a global celebration of sexual and gender diversities.
May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, a day set aside by the United Nations as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.
May 27: Beginning of Ramadan marks when fasting begins. This is a time of great praise and worship through prayer and devotion to Islam.
May 29: Memorial Day in the United States. It is a federal holiday established to honor military veterans who died in wars fought by American forces.