November Special Observances: Building Awareness and Understanding

As many organizations are looking to strengthen community, build a sense of belonging, and create equitable and inclusive work environments, it helps to be mindful of year-round special observances. These times of recognition prompt organizations to think deeper than communication and social media campaigns. They serve as a reminder and an opportunity for leaders to take a closer look at how the organizational environment, policies, practices, and culture foster inclusion and create equity for all and assess areas of improvement for meaningful change.

Below is an overview of November special observances to build awareness, respect, and understanding on areas that impact individuals, families, organizations, and communities:

  • Transgender Awareness Week (November 13-19) is intended to help raise the visibility of transgender people and address issues members of the community face. Learn more at Transgender Awareness Week | GLAAD.
  • Giving Tuesday (November 28) is recognized on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and encourages people to give back in whatever ways they can. Learn more at United States – GivingTuesday.

While this list focuses on many of the mental health and well-being observances recognized in November, it does not cover every potential special observance across all topics and audiences. For clients looking for any other resources or support, please reach out to your account manager for assistance.  

If your organization is interested in professional and personalized support on ways to make meaningful change in these areas, it may help to speak with an organizational consultant. To learn more, visit Organizational Development.