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Call for Papers for Special Series – Abstracts DUE October 15, 2022


Mattering: Engagement of Anti-racist and Abolitionist Approaches in Transition Research and Practice


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Human Rights and Diversity Committee Statement in Solidarity with LGBTQX Youth and Young Adults, Teachers, Faculty, and Allies

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Human Rights and Diversity Committee Statement in Solidarity with Black Youth, Young Adults, Families, Teachers, and Faculty

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The Human Rights and Diversity Committee (HRDC) seeks to foster DCDT’s commitment to diversity by creating a platform for special education professionals, families, students, and leaders to collaborate, share resources and expertise, and work to influence policies, practices, research, and laws advancing equity and social justice. To this end, the HRDC recognizes the importance of experiential and other forms of knowledge, addresses structural inequities, and promotes advocacy, high expectations, and improved outcomes for transitioning youths from traditionally marginalized communities.

Further, The HRDC fosters critical, culturally inclusive and responsive transition practices guided by the following tenets:

  1. Transition practices, research, and policies should reflect a deep understanding of intersecting identities (e.g. class, gender, sexual orientation, race, ability) and how the intersections mediate access to privilege and positive post-secondary outcomes.
  2. Transition practices and research should promote the development of sociocultural awareness, including the critique of the master narrative, creation of counter-narratives, and critical cultural literacy.
  3. Transition practices and research should be grounded in community well-being and community-based knowledge.
  4. Culturally Responsive Transition Programing (CRTP) involves using an asset-based framework to foster connections between content, transition practices, professional dispositions and students’ cultures for the purpose of improving transition outcomes and experiences for all students and their families. 

2019 - Beyond Diversity Projects: Looking at the Whole to Seize Future Opportunities
2020 - Beyond_Diversity_Projects_2020.pdf

Suk, A. L., Sinclair, T. E., Osmani, K. J., & Williams-Diehm, K. (2020). Transition Planning: Keeping Cultural Competence in Mind. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 43(2), 122-127.

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James Sinclair, Ph.D., Chairperson

James Sinclair, Ph.D.


James Sinclair, Ph.D. is a Research Associate in the Center of Human Development at the University of Oregon. Dr. Sinclair has been a member of the Division on Career Development and Transition for the past 10 years. He has served as a Representative Assembly member for the past three years and was the Patricia Sitlington Emerging Researcher Award winner in 2016. His area of research is broadly focused on the promotion of positive post-school outcomes for individuals who have been traditionally marginalized, stigmatized, and excluded in accessing their education. James primarily researches adolescent youth who experience an educational disability and a mental health disability. Additional areas of focus include the identification of evidence-based and research-based practices that promote positive post-school outcomes for individuals with disabilities, as well as, researching how best to support adolescents from diverse backgrounds, systems involved youth, and access to sex education.

Current Projects

The Human Rights and Diversity Committee are currently working on three broad projects to support DCDT membership and transform DCDT practices to become more culturally sustaining.

  1. Transition Practices Survey Be on the lookout for a survey aimed to understand how practitioners apply culturally responsive practices to their teaching and how practitioners continue to develop skills in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  
  2. Transition Standards A group of HRDC Members is working together to review the CEC/DCDT Transition Standards through anti-racist, abolitionist, and anti-ablest lenses to provide recommendations on how to shift standards to be asset-based, contextually focused, and culturally sustaining.  
  3. Town Halls HRDC members are committed to supporting the continued learning of DCDT members. HRDC organizes and engages DCDT members through multiple town halls through the year on a variety of topics including intersectionality, cultural mapping, family engagement, and anti-racist and abolitionist pedagogical conversations. 

Upcoming Meetings

The HRDC currently meets virtually on the THIRD Thursday of every month at 8:00am PST /11:00am EST. The following dates are for our full committee meeting. If you are interested in joining, please email the chair ( for more information. 

  • July 14, 2022 at 9am (PST)
  • August 11, 2022 at 9am (PST)

If you are interested in participating and getting involved with the Human Rights and Diversity Committee please CLICK HERE and/or email the chair:

If you are a practitioner and cannot make the meetings but want to stay involved please email James Sinclair ( 

What we are reading:








Paris, D. (2012). Culturally sustaining pedagogy: A needed change in stance, terminology, and practice. Educational Researcher, 41(3), 93-97. doi:10.3102/0013189X12441244

Paris, D., & Alim, H. S. (2014). What are we seeking to sustain through culturally sustaining pedagogy? A loving critique forward. Harvard Educational Review, 84(1), 85 – 100.

Waitoller, F. R., & Thorius, K. A. K. (2016). Cross-pollinating culturally sustaining pedagogy and universal design for learning: Toward an inclusive pedagogy that accounts for dis/ability. Harvard Educational Review, 86(3), 366-389.

Diversity Calendar

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January Diversity Calendar 2022

1/1 – Emancipation Proclamation (Black American): on this day in 1863, President Lincoln declared all persons held as slaves would be free

1/4 – Birthday of Louis Braille (People with Disabilities): French educator Louis Braille created a system of reading and writing for those who are visually impaired. His system, known worldwide as “braille,” remains largely unchanged today

1/6 – Feast of the Epiphany (Christian): a feast day that celebrates the relevance of God incarnate as Jesus Christ

1/14 – Makar Sankranti (Hindu): a festival in the Hindu faith that is dedicated to the Hindu religious sun god Surya

1/17 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Black American): MLK Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist,  revered as one of the great leaders of the American civil rights movement

1/27 – International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust (United Nations): commemorates the approximately 6 million Jewish men, women and children murdered during World War II

1/29 – Birthday of Oprah Winfrey (Black American):  well-known talk show host that was dubbed the “Queen of Media,” philanthropist, and North America’s first black multi-billionaire


February Diversity and Inclusion Calendar 2022

Black History Month: celebrates African American History. February was chosen because Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two men prominent in eliminating slavery, were both born in February

2/1 – Chinese New Year: festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year in the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar

2/11 – Birthday of Tammy Baldwin (LGBTQ+): first openly LGBT woman elected to both the House of Representatives and the Senate

2/14 – Birthday of Frederick Douglass (Black American): well-known American social reformer and abolitionist, Douglass  escaped slavery and became a prominent activist during the Civil War

2/15 – Nirvana Day (Buddhist): also known as Parinirvana, this annual festival remembers the death of the Buddha after he reached Nirvana

2/15 – Birthday of Susan B. Anthony (Women): one of the most visible leaders of the women’s suffrage movement. She championed temperance, abolition, rights of labor, and equal pay for equal work

March Diversity Events Calendar

Women’s History Month: honors the vital role of women in American history

Irish American Heritage Month

Developmental Disabilities Awareness month

Deaf History month

3/2 – Ash Wednesday (Christian): a day of prayer and fasting, Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent

3/8 – International Women’s Day: celebrates the various (social, economic, cultural, political) achievements of women

3/10 – Birthday of Harriet Tubman (Black American): abolitionist and activis, best known for her role on the Underground Railroad

3/17 – St. Patrick’s Day (Irish): Feast of Saint Patrick, a cultural and religious celebration held around the world

3/21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (United Nations): after an incident in which police killed 69 people in South Africa in 1960, the UN created this event to call for elimination of racial discrimination

3/19 – Holi (Hindu): holidays celebrating the winter harvest and the onset of spring


April Equality and Diversity Calendar

Celebrate Diversity Month

National Autism Awareness Month

Arab American Awareness Month

4/2 – World Autism Awareness Day (People with Disabilities): A day that seeks to improve the lives of those who suffer from autism

4/2 – Ramadan (Islamic): The first day of Islam’s sacred month in which Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dusk until dawn

4/15 – Passover (Jewish): start of Jewish holiday honoring the freeing of Israeli slaves

4/17 – Easter (Christian): most important holy day in the Christian faith, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus following his death

4/22 – Earth Day (International): celebrates the planet we live on, observed internationally in more than 192 countries

4/21-23 – Gathering of Nations (Native American): more than 500 Native tribes meet and celebrate various traditions and cultures


May Multicultural Calendar 2022

Mental Health Awareness Month

Older Americans Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

Mental Health Awareness Month: recognizes the impact of mental illness on families and communities, and raises awareness for those living with mental and behavioral issues

Older Americans Month: celebrates the contributions of older Americans in the country

Jewish American Heritage Month: honors the history of American Jews and their accomplishments

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: pays tribute to these people and their contributions to society

5/5 – Cinco de Mayo (Mexican American): commemorates Mexico’s defeat of the French army. While it’s primarily observed by Mexican Americans, others often join the celebration as well

5/8 – Birthday of the Buddha (Buddhist): celebrates the spiritual leader who launched one of the world’s most popular religions

5/17 – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (LGBTQ+): raises awareness for LGBTQ+ rights

5/19 – Birthday of Malcolm X (Black American/Muslim): Malcolm X was an Black Muslim minister, well known for his activism during the civil rights movement. He was assassinated in 1965


June Diversity and Inclusion Calendar of Events


Caribbean American Heritage Month

LGBT Pride Month


LGBT Pride Month: commemorates the Stonewall Riots and seeks to recognize the impact LGBT people have had around the world

Caribbean American Heritage Month: recognizes the significance of Caribbean culture and history in the U.S.

6/2 – Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 (Native Americans): granted the right of citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S. However, the right to vote was not granted until 1957

6/12 – Loving Day (Black American): anniversary of a historic court decision for interracial marriage

Puerto Rican Day Parade (Puerto Rican): largest demonstration of cultural pride in the United States. It promotes prominent, historical figures and seeks to raise awareness of critical issues in the community

6/19 – Juneteenth (Black American): marks the anniversary of when African Americans first learned of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was more than two years after it was initially issued

6/27 – Birthday of Helen Keller (People with Disabilities): while known as being both blind and deaf, Keller was one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians and co-founder of the ACLU


July 2022 Diversity Calendar

7/2 – Birthday of Thurgood Marshall (Black American): well-known as a civil rights activist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

7/6 – Birthday of 14th Dalai Lama (Tibetan): Happy Birthday to a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Tibet’s leader in exile!

7/6 – Birthday of Frida Kahlo (Women, Mexican): one of the most recognizable painters of the 20th century

7/7 – The Hajj (Islamic): annual pilgrimage to Mecca, that all Muslims must take at least once in their lives

7/18 – Birthday of Nelson Mandela (South African): civil rights leader for South Africa, and the country’s first black president

7/25 – Pioneer Day (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) observed: Utah official holiday marking the arrival of LDS church founder Brigham Young arriving to the Salt Lake area

7/26 – Americans with Disabilities Act: outlawed the discrimination against people with disabilities


August Diversity and Inclusion Calendar

8/4 – Birthday of Barack Obama (Black American): Happy Birthday to the United States’ first Black president!

8/9 – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (United Nations): created by the UN, celebrates the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world

8/30 – Al-Hijri (Islamic): This holiday marks the start of the New Year in the Muslim faith. It begins the prior evening

8/15 – Feast of the Assumption (Roman Catholic): marks the entry of Mary (mother of Jesus), body and soul, into Heaven

8/18 – Birth of Lord Krishna (Hindu): also called Janmashtami, this day celebrates the birth of one of the most popular deities in the Hindu faith, celebrated with a great festival

8/24 – Birthday of Marlee Matlin (People with Disabilities): Marlee Matlin is the only hearing-impaired actor to win the Oscar for best actor/actress

8/26 – Women’s Equality Day: commemorates the American women gaining the right to vote in 1920

8/31 – Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu): festival celebrating the birth of Lord Ganesha, the God of new beginnings and a fresh start


September Diversity Events Calendar 2022

9/15-10/15 – National Hispanic Heritage Month: This month honors the culture and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans

National Recovery Month: This month helps to educate all Americans on treatment and mental health services for those with substance use disorder

9/20 – HeForShe (Women): initiated by the UN to promote gender equality

9/22 – Autumnal Equinox: As summer moves into fall, the autumnal equinox is a time for various religious observances worldwide

9/25 – 9/27 – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish): the Jewish New Year, a time for reflection in the faith


October Equality and Diversity Calendar

Global Diversity Awareness Month: aims to promote knowledge and respect for various cultures

National Disability Employment Awareness Month: advocates for people with disabilities, and their inclusion in the workforce

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: aims to increase awareness of the disease, one of the leading causes of death in women

National Polish American Heritage Month: dedicated to honoring Polish heritage, October was chosen because it was when Polish settlers first arrived in Jamestown, VA in 1608

Italian American Heritage Month

Polish-American Heritage Month

Filipino American History Month

10/10 – World Mental Health Day (People with Disabilities): promotes mental health awareness and education, and advocates against social stigma relating to mental health

10/10 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day (United States): formerly called Columbus Day, honors the indigenous people of North America

10/21 – Spirit Day (LGBTQ+): wear purple on this day to support LGBTQ youth and speak out against bullying

10/24 – Diwali (Hindu): significant celebration in the Hindu faith in which they praise diverse deities


November Multicultural Calendar 2022

Native American Heritage Month: celebrates the culture and heritage of individuals who deeply enrich the United States

Movember-  month-long fundraiser for men’s issues, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide

National Diabetes Awareness Month

10/31-11/2 – All Saints Day/All Souls Day/Día de los Muertos: commemorates those who have passed away in the Christian faith and Mexican and Aztec communities

11/16 – International Day for Tolerance (United Nations): founded by the UN to promote respect for various religions, languages, ethnicities, and cultures

11/16 – Dutch American Heritage Day: established to celebrate the longstanding friendship between the U.S. and the Netherlands

11/20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance (LGBTQ+): seeks to remember those who were murdered due to transphobia


December Diversity Calendar 2022

12/1 – World AIDS Day: helps raise awareness of HIV/AIDs and money to cure it

12/3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities (United Nations): raises awareness for the rights and well-being of those with disabilities

12/10 – International Human Rights Day (United Nations): adopted by the UN in 1948, celebrates the day it the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

12/16-12/24 – Las Posadas (Mexican):  religious festival in Mexico and some parts of the U.S. (primarily those with Mexican-Americans) of the Christmas season

12/18-12/26 – Hanukkah (Jewish): celebrates the Jews triumphing over the Syrian Greeks for their independence

12/21 – Winter Solstice/Yule: the winter sabbat according to the Pagan and Wiccan faiths

12/25 – Christmas (Christian): holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ

12/26 – Kwanzaa (Black): 8-day holiday inspired by African harvest celebrations


Last Updated:  14 January, 2022

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