Announcements Subcommittee


The goal of this sub-committee is to send emails that inform members of our community about specific holidays or observances in the hopes to bringing our community closer together. By learning from each other about the practices and traditions that are important to members of our community we strive to celebrate the diversity of our department.

Our Posts

Since its inception, our committee has shared information on over 30 different holidays and celebrations. Members of our community have also shared pictures and personal reflections on their observances of these different events

Each of our postings is accompanied by links to other sources so that more information can be attained readily. When special months are celebrated, multiple postings are often made celebrating the lives of individuals who have contributed in a special way to the events being recognized during that time period.

Some recent posts are shared below.



The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word “deepavali”, meaning “rows of lighted lamps.” Houses, shops and public spaces are often decorated with small oil lamps called diyas.


el Día de los Muertos

This is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their dead relatives. While the lives of the dead are often celebrated, this is a day of reflection and joy.