Heritage Months

Embracing Diversity and Building a Strong Workforce


Heritage months provide us with opportunities to recognize, celebrate, and learn from the diverse cultures, histories, and contributions of various communities. SkillsUSA embraces the principles of diversity, inclusivity, and equity in the workforce. By honoring heritage months, we reinforce our commitment to cultivating a vibrant, inclusive environment that values the richness of every individual’s background and experiences. Below, we highlight some key heritage months and their significance, drawing connections to our core messages and the importance of fostering a diverse workforce.

As SkillsUSA, we are committed to embracing the values represented by each heritage month through the celebration of these diverse cultures, histories, and contributions.

Black History MonthBlack History Month is an annual celebration that honors the achievements and contributions of African Americans throughout history. By recognizing and amplifying the stories of Black leaders, inventors, artists, and activists, we highlight the vital role they have played in shaping our society. Embracing this heritage month underscores our dedication to fostering racial equity and promoting equal opportunities for all individuals.

Quote about Black History: We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation's greatness." - Yvette Clarke, US Representative D-NY

Women's History MonthWomen’s History Month celebrates the social, cultural, and political achievements of women. It reminds us of the significant contributions women have made throughout history, often in the face of immense adversity. By acknowledging and uplifting women’s accomplishments, we reinforce our commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women in the workforce.

Photo of this quote: "Feminism isn't about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength." - G.D. Anderson, Author

Asian American and Pacific Islander monthAsian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month recognizes the rich diversity and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This heritage month provides an opportunity to celebrate the cultures, traditions, and achievements of these communities. By honoring AAPI Month, we emphasize our commitment to fostering an inclusive environment that values the perspectives and experiences of individuals from diverse Asian and Pacific Islander backgrounds.

Image of a quote from Yo Yo Ma, "When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it.”

Pride MonthPride Month is a time to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community, promoting inclusivity and acceptance. By recognizing Pride Month, we demonstrate our dedication to creating a safe and welcoming space for all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Embracing diversity within our workforce strengthens our collective ability to innovate and succeed.

Image of a quote from Brandon Wolf about Pride: "Pride is not the LGBTQ+ community saying we're better than anyone else; it's us saying we deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, just like anyone else."

Hispanic History MonthHispanic Heritage Month celebrates the contributions, cultures, and histories of Hispanic and Latinx communities. By recognizing the achievements of individuals with Hispanic heritage, we honor their rich traditions and acknowledge the positive impact they have had on society. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month aligns with our commitment to fostering a diverse workforce that embraces individuals from all backgrounds.

Image of a quote from Carolyn Maloney, "Our rich and diverse cultural heritage has a profound power to help build a nation."

National Disability Employment AwarenessNational Disability Employment Awareness Month promotes awareness and inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the workforce. By acknowledging this month, we emphasize our commitment to creating accessible workplaces and providing equal opportunities for individuals of all abilities. Celebrating this heritage month aligns with our goal of fostering an inclusive workforce that values the talents and contributions of everyone.


Quote from Martina Navratilova, "Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone."

American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month graphic.

American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month provides an opportunity to appreciate and learn from the traditions, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. By celebrating this heritage month, we recognize the importance of preserving and valuing Native American history and culture. Acknowledging the achievements and resilience of Native communities contributes to the overall diversity and inclusivity of our workforce.Image of a quote from a Dakota Proverb, "We will be known forever by the tracks we leave."

National Veterans and Military Families MonthNational Veterans and Military Families Month is dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifices of veterans and their families. Recognizing the contributions and experiences of veterans within our workforce fosters a sense of gratitude and respect. By supporting and providing opportunities for veterans, we contribute to a workforce that values the unique skills and perspectives they bring to the table.

Image of a quote from Abraham Lincoln, "Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause."