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Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Oakland Center, Suite 150
312 Meadow Brook Rd
Rochester , MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3496

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Oakland Center, Suite 150
312 Meadow Brook Rd
Rochester , MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3496

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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DEI Calendar

Oakland University is dedicated to spreading knowledge and understanding of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion among our campus and community members, as well as recognizing the efforts across the campus. This is a public calendar to track the collaborative efforts towards promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion events on OU's campus. If you have an event relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion that you would like to have added to this calendar, please fill out the submission form with the required information. This calendar will be available to anyone with an OU email address to view. If you have any questions, please send an email to diversity@oakland.edu. Thank you!

Submission form for DEI Calendar of EventsDiversity Events at OU Public Calendar
Add the "Diversity Events at OU" calendar to your Google calendars by subscribing to calendar - diversity@oakland.edu.

Religious Observances Calendar
This list is an effort to build awareness and a cultural understanding of important holidays and observances of the diverse groups of our campus community. This list is not comprehensive, and we may have missed an important holiday, so feedback or recommendations are welcome. If we missed anything, email diversity@oakland.edu so we can review your request and make the appropriate changes.

Religious Accommodations Guidelines

Per the recommendation of the Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Co-DEI), please find below guidelines that advise students, faculty, and staff about religious accommodations.  As a practical matter, attention should be given to how this information is going to be communicated to students.

Due to the University’s stature as a public university and the prohibition against endorsing religion these guidelines are prefaced with that recognition while acknowledging the religious tenets of students in an ever increasing diverse population.

Language (Co-DEI and Office of Inclusion website)

Although Oakland University, as a public institution, does not observe religious holidays, it will continue to make every reasonable effort to help students avoid negative academic consequences when their religious obligations conflict with academic requirements.  The University is enriched by individuals of many faiths and religious observances.  In affirming this diversity, it is the University’s practice to provide appropriate religious accommodations.

Below are general guidelines concerning religious accommodations:

  1. Students will provide reasonable advance notice to faculty of the anticipated absence. Ideally the student should provide such notice early in the semester.
  2. Faculty, staff, student organizations and other programming groups are strongly urged to be mindful of major religious holidays in their scheduling.
  3. Absence from class or exams and missed assignments does not relieve students from the responsibility of completing any part of the course work required during the period of absence.
  4. Students will be given the opportunity to make up work without penalty, unless it can be demonstrated that a make-up opportunity would interfere unreasonably with the delivery of the course.
  5. Examples of reasonable accommodations for student absences might include: rescheduling of an exam or time of clinical, altering the time of a presentation, flexibility regarding the due date of an assignment, etc…
  6. Should disagreements arise under any aspect of these guidelines, the parties should first contact the Department Chair or the Dean of the School or College. If disagreements are not resolved by the Department Chair or Dean final determinations will be made by the Provost’s Office. 
  7. Faculty should keep in mind that religion is a deeply personal and private matter and should make every reasonable attempt to respect the privacy of the student when making accommodations (for example, it is not appropriate to announce to the class that a student is making up an exam because of their religious observance).
Religions

Baha’i: Is centered on the belief that there is only one god and is the source of all major religions. They also believe that the whole of humanity is equal and that the world should work collectively towards humanity’s issues.

Buddhism:
A belief system based on the teachings of Gautama Buddha; through these teachings practitioners try to reach a state of enlightenment. The exact methods vary depending on the branch of Buddhism being followed.

Christianity: An Abrahamic religion that is based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, Whose followers believe is the Son of God and messiah that will liberate the faithful. 

Hinduism: Covers a broad range of traditions and is considered the world’s oldest religion, but common themes thread the variety of beliefs together. Those that follow it consider Hinduism as a way of life.

Islam: An Abrahamic faith that believes in one god and that his laws and wisdom manifest in the holy book the Qur’an, and also through the teachings of the prophet Mohammed.

Jainism: Focuses on liberation of the soul through living a pacifistic and ascetic life. Its principles are non-violence, non-absolutism, and non-possessiveness.

Judaism: One of the oldest religions in the world and is the foundation of other Abrahamic faiths. Those who practice Judaism believe that their patriarchal ancestor made a covenant with god, which they honor through their belief system.

Shintoism: The Indigenous religion of japan that is based around the devotion to spirits called Kami. Its practices include visiting shrines, festivals, and various rituals.

Sikhism: A monotheistic religion whose belief system stresses service to humanity, living honestly, unity, and equality in service to the creator. This is articulated through the sacred scripture the Guru Granth Sahib.

Wicca/Paganism: Wicca is a Pagan Witchcraft tradition brought to the public by Gerald Gardner and encompasses a diverse set of views and beliefs. Wicca draws from ancient pagan practices and centers around nature and witchcraft.

Observances
Baha'i
All observances begin at sundown before the date listed

World Religion Day: An observance that promotes unity and celebrates the different religions around the world.

Naw-Ruz (New Year): The first day of the Baha’i calendar and one of the nine holy days of the Baha’i faith. Work restrictions.

Ridvan: is a twelve-day festival that commemorates the declaration hat he was manifestation of god, it is the holiest Baha’i festival. Work restrictions on the first and ninth day.

Declaration of the Bab: Commemorates the day the Bab was recognized as the messenger of god. Work restrictions.

Ascension of Baha’u’llah: celebrates the anniversary of the death of Baha’u’llah. Work restrictions.

Birth of the Bab: Anniversary of the birth of the prophet-herald who told this day of the fore coming of the founder of the Baha’i faith. Work restrictions.

Birth of Baha’u’llah: Celebrates the birth of the founder of the Baha’i faith. Work restrictions.

Buddhism

Mahayana New Year: A holiday where Mahayana Buddhists honor and pray to their deities and visit temples to light candles for happiness and good luck.

Magha Puja Day: A Theravada Buddhist observance celebrated on the full moon day of Magha (in the third lunar month). During this observance, followers try not to do nothing but good deeds, abstain from sin and purify the mind.

Vesakha Puja Day: Commemorates the birth, self-awakening, and death of Buddha

Asalha Puja Day: Observes the day when Gautama Buddha made his first public proclamation of the five ascetics (Theravada Buddhism)

Diwali: The “festival of lights” and signifies the victory of all that is good over all that is evil. (Public Holiday in India, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, and Singapore)

Christianity
may need to make accommodations for food and special worship

Feast of Nativity (Orthodox): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, based off the Julian calendar.

Ash Wednesday: Marks the start of lent, which commemorates the 40 days Christ fasted in the desert

Good Friday: Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and is the Friday before Easter.

Easter: Commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Holy Friday (Orthodox): Commemorates the crucifixion of Christ, and is the Friday before Easter. Based off the Julian calendar

Pascha/Easter (Orthodox): Commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Based off the Julian calendar

Pentecost: commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit

Christmas: Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ



Hinduism
may need to make accommodations for food and special worship

Holi: A festival, which celebrates the coming of spring and commemorates good conquering evil.  

Krishna Janmashtami: celebration of annual rebirth of the Hindu god Krishna.

Navratri: A festival that lasts 9 nights and 10 days that honors the nine forms of Devi the Hindu goddess.

Dussera: celebrates durgas victory over the demon Mahishasura, and marks the end of Navaratri.

Diwali: The “festival of lights” and signifies the victory of all that is good over all that is evil.

Islam
Based on a lunar calendar
All observances begin at sundown before the date listed
Halal food restrictions: no pork, alcohol, or meat not slaughtered and prepared by halal standards

Ramadan: The ninth month of the Islamic calendar and month of fasting, It commemorates Muhammad’s journey through the desert and his reception of part of the Quran.

Eid al-Fitr: Marks the end of Ramadan. Work is restricted

Eid al-Adha: commemorates Abraham showing his devotion to god, by almost sacrificing his son. Work is restricted.

Jainism
Dates my vary
May need to make accommodations for food and special worship

Mahavira Jayanti: A religious festival that celebrates the birth of Mahavira the last Tirthankara.

Paryushana Parva/Dashalakshani-Parva – 8 or 10-day period usually observed in September or August, where Jain faithful recite, fast, meditate, and request forgiveness.

Judaism
All observances begin at sundown before the date listed
Kosher dietary restrictions:No pork, shellfish or mixing meat with dairy
Jewish Calendar is based on a lunisolar cycle

Pesach/Passover: Observance that commemorates the freedom and exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Work is restricted on the first, second, sixth and seventh days. Also in addition to the year round Kosher restrictions, Jewish cannot consume leavened bread. 

Shavuot: Celebrates Moses descent with the Ten Commandments

Tisha B’Av – Is the day that people of Jewish ancestry commemorate the various tragedies that have befallen their people.

Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish New Year, which is said to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and eve. Work is restricted on first and second day.

Yom Kippur: Literally the Day of Atonement; it is a day that the Jewish atone for their sins through prayer and fasting. Work is restricted

Sukkot: Celebrates the harvest and protection of the people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness. Work is restricted on first and second day

Shemini Atzeret: Is the day that the Jewish people “tarry” and spend an additional day with god, and is also considered the 8th day of Sukkot. Work is restricted.

Simchat Torah: indicates the end of the annual cycle of reading the Torah. Work is restricted 

Chanukah: Celebrates the rededication of the holy temple after the Greeks defiled it.

Shintoism
may need to make accommodations for food and special worship

Gantan-Sai: Shinto New Year Festival where people visit shrines, usually at midnight, as well visit as family and friends and pray for inner renewal prosperity and health. The New Year lasts for seven days.

Obon: Festival that honors the spirits of past ancestors, which includes visiting ancestors graves and celebration

Sikhism
may need to make accommodations for food and special worship

Maghi: Commemorates the forty Sikhs who gave their lives defending Guru Gobind Singh from the imperial army

Hola Mohalla: On this day Sikhs demonstrate martial skill through mock battles.

Vaisakhi: A New Year festival that represents the spring equinox and also commemorates the birth of Sikhism and its new year.

Bandi Chhor Divas: Celebrates Guru Hargobind’s release from prison.

Wicca/Paganism
may need to make accommodations for food and special worship

Imbolc: Festival that marks the beginning of spring

Ostara: Celebrates the renewal of life during the spring. Pagans attribute the change in season to the increase of power of their God and Goddess.

Beltane: Traditionally a Gallic mayday festival that marks the beginning of summer

Litha: Honors the longest day of the year.

Lughnasadh: Festival that marks the beginning of the harvest season

Mabon: or autumn equinox celebrates the change in seasons into the winter month and the harvest, and also is a thanksgiving.

Samhain: Marks the end of the autumn season and the beginning of the winter solstice.

Yule: midwinter festival that celebrates the rebirth of the sun.

 

2022
January 2022
**Gantan-Sai - Shinto - Jan 1st
**Feast of Nativity - Orthodox Christian - Jan 7th
Maghi - Sikhism - Jan 13th
**Chinese New Year - Buddhist - Jan 21st
Mahayana New Year - Mahayana Buddhist - Jan 30th

**Work Restricted Holidays
February 2022
Imbolc - Wicca/Paganism - Feb 2nd (northern hemisphere)
Lughnassad - Wicca/Paganism - Feb 2nd (southern hemisphere)
March 2022
Ash Wednesday - Christian - Mar 2nd
Holi - Hindu - Mar 18th
Ostara – Wicca/Paganism - Mar 20th (northern hemisphere)
Mabon – Wicca/Paganism - Mar 20th (southern hemisphere)
Naw Ruz - Baha'i - Mar 21st
**Mahavira Jayanti - Jain - Mar 21st
**Magha Puja Day - Buddhists - Mar 30th

**Work Restricted Holidays
April 2022

**Easter - Christian - Apr 4th
**Good Friday - Christian - Apr 15th
**Pesach/Passover - Jewish -April 16th
Vaisakhi – Sikh - Apr 17th
Ridvan - Baha'i - Apr 21st
**Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian - Apr 22nd
**Ramadan - Islam - Apr 3rd-May 2nd
**Pascha/Easter - Orthodox Christian - April 24th

**Work Restricted Holidays

May 2022

**Beltane – Wicca/Paganism – May 1st (northern hemisphere)
**Samhain – Wicca/Paganism – May 1st (southern hemisphere)
**Eid al-Fitr - Islam - May 3rd
Tish'a B'Av - Jewish - August 7th
**Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i - May 24th
**Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i - May 29th

**Work Restricted Holidays

June 2022

**Pentecost - Christian - June 5th
Shavout - Jewish - June 5th-6th
**Pentecost - Orthodox Christian - June 20th
Litha – Wicca/Paganism – June 21st (northern hemisphere)
Yule – Wicca/Paganism – June 21st (southern hemisphere)

**Work Restricted Holidays

July 2022

The Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i - July 10th
**Obon – Buddhist/Shinto - July 13th
**Asalha Puja Day - Buddhism - July 26th

**Work Restricted Holidays

August 2022
Lughnassad - Wicca/Paganism – Aug. 1st (northern hemisphere)
Imbolc – Wicca/Paganism – Aug. 1st (southern hemisphere)
**Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu - Aug 19th

**Work Restricted Holidays
September 2022

Mabon – Wicca/Paganism – Sept. 22nd (northern hemisphere)
Ostara - Wicca/Paganism - Sept. 22nd (southern hemisphere)
**Rosh Hashanah - Jewish - Sept 25-27
Navratri - Hindu - Sept. 26th-Oct. 4th

October 2022

**Yom Kippur - Jewish - Oct. 5th
Sukkot - Jewish - Oct. 10th-16th
Shemini Atzeret - Jewish - Oct. 17th
Simchat Torah - Jewish - Oct. 18th
**Diwali - Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist - Oct. 24th
Birth of the Bab - Baha'i - Oct 26th
Samhain - Wicca/Paganism - Oct 31st (northern hemisphere)
Beltane - Wicca/Paganism - Oct 31st (southern hemisphere)

**Work Restricted Holidays

November 2022
Birth of Baha'ullah - Baha'i - Nov 12th
December 2022

Yule - Wicca/Paganism – Dec 22nd (northern hemisphere)
Litha – Wicca/Paganism – Dec 22nd (southern hemisphere)
**Hanukkah - Jewish - Dec. 18th-Dec. 26th
**Christmas - Christian - Dec 25th
**Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian - Dec 25th

**Work Restricted Holidays

2023
January 2023

**Gantan-Sai - Shinto - Jan 1st
Mahayana New Year - Mahayana Buddhist - Jan 7th
**Feast of Nativity - Orthodox Christian - Jan 7th
Maghi - Sikhism - Jan 13th
Makar Sankranti (Pongal) - Hindu - Jan 15th
**Chinese New Year - Buddhist - Jan 22nd

**Work Restricted Holidays

February 2023

Imbolc - Wicca/Paganism - Feb 1st
Lughnasadh - Wicca/Paganism - Feb 1st
Ash Wednesday - Christian - Feb 22nd

March 2023

**Magha Puja Day - Buddhists - Mar 6th
Holi - Hindu - Mar 8th
Ostara – Wicca/Paganism - Mar 20th
Mabon – Wicca/Paganism - Mar 20th
Naw Ruz - Baha'i - Mar 21st
**Ramadan - Islam - Mar 22nd-Apr 20th

**Work Restricted Holidays

April 2023

**Mahavir Jayanti - Jain - Apr 4th
**Pesach/Passover - Jewish - Apr 5th-13th
**Good Friday - Christian - Apr 7th
**Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian - Apr 7th
**Easter - Chrisitian - Apr 9th
Vaisakhi – Sikh - Apr 14th
**Pascha/Easter - Orthodox Christian - Apr 16th
Ridvan - Baha'i - Apr 21st
**Eid al-Fitr - Islam - Apr 21st-22nd

**Work Restricted Holidays

May 2023

**Beltane – Wicca/Paganism – May 1st
**Samhain – Wicca/Paganism – May 1st
**Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i - May 24th
Shavuot - Jewish - May 25th-27th
**Pentecost - Christian - May 28th
**Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i - May 29th

**Work Restricted Holidays

June 2023

**Pentecost - Orthodox Christian - June 4th-5th
Yule – Wicca/Paganism – June 21st
Litha – Wicca/Paganism – June 24th

**Work Restricted Holidays

July 2023

**Asalha Puja Day - Buddhism - July 3rd
The Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i - July 9th
Tish'a B'Av - Jewish - July 26th-27th

**Work Restricted Holidays

August 2023

Lughnasadh - Wicca/Paganism – Aug 1st
Imbolc – Wicca/Paganism – Aug 1st
**Obon – Buddhist/Shinto - Aug 13th-15th

**Work Restricted Holidays

September 2023

**Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu - Sept 6th
**Rosh Hashanah - Jewish - Sept 15th-17th
Mabon – Wicca/Paganism – Sept 21st
Ostara - Wicca/Paganism - Sept 21st
**Yom Kippur - Jewish - Sept 24th-25th
Sukkot - Jewish - Sept 29th-Oct 6th

**Work Restricted Holidays

October 2023

Shemini Atzeret - Jewish - Oct 6th-8th
Simchat Torah - Jewish - Oct 7th-8th
Navratri - Hindu - Oct 15th-23rd
Birth of the Bab - Baha'i - Oct 26th
Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i - Oct 27th
Samhain - Wicca/Paganism - Oct 31st
Beltane - Wicca/Paganism - Oct 31st

November 2023

**Diwali - Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist - Nov 12th

**Work Restricted Holidays

December 2023

**Hanukkah - Jewish - Dec 7th-Dec 15th
Yule - Wicca/Paganism – Dec 21st-Jan 1, 2023
**Christmas - Christian - Dec 25th
**Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian - Dec 25th

**Work Restricted Holidays

2024
January 2024

**Gantan-Sai - Shinto - Jan 1st
Mahayana New Year - Mahayana Buddhist - Jan 7th
**Feast of Nativity - Orthodox Christian - Jan 7th
Maghi - Sikhism - Jan 13th
Makar Sankranti (Pongal) - Hindu - Jan 15th
**Chinese New Year - Buddhist - Jan 22nd

**Work Restricted Holidays

February 2024

Imbolc - Wicca/Paganism - Feb 2nd
Lughnasadh - Wicca/Paganism - Feb 2nd
Ash Wednesday - Christian - Feb 14th

March 2024

Holi - Hindu - Mar 8th
Ostara – Wicca/Paganism - Mar 19th
Naw Ruz - Baha'i - Mar 21st
**Good Friday - Christian - Mar 29th
**Magha Puja Day - Buddhists - Mar 30th
**Easter - Chrisitian - Mar 31st
**Ramadan - Islam - Mar 10th-Apr 9th

**Work Restricted Holidays

April 2024

**Mahavir Jayanti - Jain - Apr 21st
**Pesach/Passover - Jewish - Apr 22nd-30th
**Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian - Apr 7th
Vaisakhi – Sikh - Apr 14th
Ridvan - Baha'i - Apr 21st
**Eid al-Fitr - Islam - Apr 9th-10th

**Work Restricted Holidays

May 2024

**Beltane – Wicca/Paganism – May 1st
**Samhain – Wicca/Paganism – May 1st
**Pascha/Easter - Orthodox Christian - May 5th
**Pentecost - Christian - May 19th
**Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i - May 24th
**Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i - May 29th

**Work Restricted Holidays

June 2024

Shavuot - Jewish - June 11th-13th
**Pentecost - Orthodox Christian - June 23rd-24th
Litha – Wicca/Paganism – June 24th

**Work Restricted Holidays

July 2024

**Asalha Puja Day - Buddhism - July 26th
The Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i - July 10th

**Work Restricted Holidays

August 2024

Lughnasadh - Wicca/Paganism – Aug 1st
Tish'a B'Av - Jewish - Aug 12th-13th
**Obon – Buddhist/Shinto - Aug 13th-15th
**Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu - Aug 26thh

**Work Restricted Holidays

September 2024

Mabon – Wicca/Paganism – Sept 21st-29th

October 2024

**Rosh Hashanah - Jewish - Oct 2nd-4th
Navratri - Hindu - Oct 3rd-12th
**Yom Kippur - Jewish - Oct 11th-12th
Sukkot - Jewish - Oct 16th-23rd
Shemini Atzeret - Jewish - Oct 23rd-25th
Simchat Torah - Jewish - Oct 24th-25th
Birth of the Bab - Baha'i - Oct 26th
Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i - Oct 27th
**Diwali - Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist - Oct 31st

**Work Restricted Holidays

November 2024

Samhain - Wicca/Paganism - Nov 1st

December 2024

Yule – Wicca/Paganism – Dec 21st
**Christmas - Christian - Dec 25th
**Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian - Dec 25th
**Hanukkah - Jewish - Dec 25th-Jan 2nd

**Work Restricted Holidays