Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Washoe County is committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEI&B) at all levels of the organization.  Building this commitment into our policies and practices enhances our organization for employees and enriches the experience of the citizens that we serve.  A diverse workforce requires an inclusive environment built on a foundation of tolerance and respect for individual differences, values, and perspectives as set forth in Washoe County’s Code of Conduct.  Through these core principles, it is the goal of Washoe County’s leadership to create a sense of belonging for all employees and citizens served.

In 2021, the DEI&B Employee Resource Group (DEI&B ERG) was established as a volunteer group to provide support and guidance to Washoe County’s DEI&B initiatives and policies as they relate to the employee experience. 

Diversity 2023 Calendar

Month  Themes  Key Dates

Poverty in America Awareness Month, Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

1/4 World Braille Day

1/11 National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

1/16 Martin Luther King Day

1/27 National Fun at Work Day

 February Black History Month

2/4 Rosa Parks Day

2/4 World Cancer Day

2/13 International Epilepsy Day

2/15 Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday

2/17 Random Acts of Kindness Day


Women’s History Month, Ethnic Equality Month, Gender Equality Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, Greek-American Heritage Month 

3/1 Zero Discrimination Day

3/1 - 3/7 Hearing Awareness Week

3/2 World Teen Mental Health Wellness Day

3/3 Employee Appreciation Day

3/8 International Women’s Day

3/10 Harriet Tubman Day

3/17 St. Patrick’s Day

3/21 World Down Syndrome Day

3/31 Cesar Chavez Day


Celebrate Diversity Month, Autism Awareness Month, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Arab-American Heritage Month, National Volunteer Month

4/2 Autism Awareness Day

4/14 Day of Silence

4/22 Earth Day

4/30 Día (Children’s Day/Book Day)

 May Jewish-American Heritage Month, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, South Asian American Heritage Month, Indian Heritage Month, Haitian Heritage Month, Older Americans Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, National Military Appreciation Month

5/2 National Foster Care Day

5/5 Cinco de Mayo

5/6 Join Hands Day

5/7 World Laughter Day

5/12 Military Spouse Appreciation Day

5/20 Armed Forces Day

5/29 Memorial Day

 June LGBTQ+ Pride Month, National Caribbean American Heritage Month

6/1 National Say Something Nice Day

6/4 National Cancer Survivor’s Day

6/10 Global Wellness Day

6/11 International Children’s Day

6/14 World Blood Donor Day

6/15 Elder Abuse Awareness Day

6/19 Juneteenth

6/23 Public Service Day

6/27 National PTSD Awareness Day

 July Disability Pride Month, French-American Heritage Month

7/2 Civil Rights Act Day

7/18 World Listening Day

 August National Civility Month

8/19 World Humanitarian Day

8/21 Senior Citizens Day

8/26 Women’s Equality Day

 September Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15), Suicide Prevention Month, National Recovery Month

9/10 World Suicide Prevention Day

9/11 Patriot Day

9/12 National Day of Encouragement

9/15-10/15 Hispanic Heritage Month

9/22 National Native American Day

9/23 International Day of Sign Languages

 October National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Italian-American Heritage Month, Filipino-American Heritage Month, German-American Heritage Month, Polish-American Heritage Month, LBGTQ+ History Month

10/7 National Inner Beauty Day

10/10 World Mental Health Day

10/11 National Coming Out Day

10/15 White Cane Safety Day

10/28 National Immigrants Day

10/28 National Make a Difference Day

 November National Native American Heritage Month, National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

11/1 National Stress Awareness Day

11/9 World Adoption Day

11/11 Veterans Day

11/13 World Kindness Day

11/16 International Day for Tolerance

 December Universal Human Rights

12/1 World AIDS Day

12/16 Human Rights Day

 To join the DEI&B ERG, please email: HR-deib@washoecounty.gov.

Related Online Resources


Washoe County is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce that creates a sense of belonging for all employees and citizens, thereby encouraging persons from all backgrounds and experiences to apply for employment. 
Washoe County will recruit, hire, train and promote into all job levels without regard to race, religion or belief, gender, marital status or domestic partnership, familial status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, genetic information (GINA), veteran status, political affiliation, membership in an employee association or union or any other protected class under applicable federal or state law.


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