At CHOP, we not only engage our employees with diversity awareness and associated competencies, we also celebrate that diversity. Throughout the year, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Cultural Awareness Council, Department of Patient and Family Services, and our Employee Resource Groups host a variety of activities to honor various diversity and cultural awareness events. Below are just some examples of our past events at CHOP. To enhance mutual understanding and respect among the various religious, ethnic and cultural groups, the Anti-Defamation League offers a Calendar of Observances as a tool to increase awareness and sensitivity about religious obligations as well as ethnic and cultural festivities that may affect students, colleagues and neighbors.

Cultural Diversity

American Indian Heritage Month
What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose. During the month of November, we honor the heritage and contributions of American Indians.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
During the month of May, we honor the heritage and contributions of Asian American, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United State on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.

Black History Month
During the month of February, CHOP celebrates black history month with a variety of programming. This annual observance began in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson and serves as a remembrance of important African Americans and events in the history of this culture.

Disability Employment Awareness Month
Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity in October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

Hispanic Heritage Month
During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture. Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.

LGBT Pride Month
LGBT Pride Month is celebrated each June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in 1969, a turning point in the gay rights movement and the fight to advance equality for LGBT identifying Americans.

MLK Day of Service
CHOP employees volunteer for various projects across Philadelphia to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.

Women’s History Month
In the United States, efforts have been made since 1911 to dedicate this month to teaching about inspirational, groundbreaking, and powerful women throughout history-- a demographic that is traditionally overlooked. During the month of March, CHOP celebrates women’s history month with a variety of programming and recognitions for the women who will shape CHOP's future.

Religious Diversity

Ash Wednesday
There are prayer services with distribution of ashes.

Jewish High Holy Days at CHOP
Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot are celebrated at CHOP. The Shofar is sounded at the chapel and apples and honey for a sweet New Year are provided. Volunteers also visit patient rooms to sound the Shofar. Holiday food baskets are delivered to families and holiday food is available throughout the holiday in the Kosher pantry.

Ramadan Observance
This time of spiritual and physical purification commemorates the revelation of the Qur'an to the prophet Muhammad. Fasting during this month is one of the five Pillars, or duties, of the Muslim faith. Each year, CHOP invites our community to celebrate Iftar, sponsored by the The Department of International Medicine, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Department of Patient and Family Services and the Cultural Awareness Council.

Schlimm Center for Prayer and Meditation
The Schlimm Center features two prayer and meditation rooms for families, patients and staff to choose their preferred prayer and meditation environment. There is room for private prayer and meditation and cultural aspects are addressed in the space. The prayer and meditation rooms are labeled with international signage and are easy to find.