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October 2021
October 08, 2021 - Friday
Peacebuilding Community Awards 2021

Nominations are Open for 2021 Peacebuilding Community Awards

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October is Conflict Resolution Month! To celebrate, the Dispute Resolution Center of Montgomery County, Inc. and the Association for Conflict Resolution Houston Peer Mediation Team are launching the 2021 Peacebuilding Community Awards to recognize community members dedicated to peacebuilding in Harris or Montgomery County. Nominations are due by October 8, 2021.  

Nominees should excel in:
* Establishing/promoting local peace initiatives; or 
* Promoting peaceful conflicts resolution practices; or
* Peace training for any age group.

Honorees will be recognized from the following categories:
* Grades K-12 (Student leaders of peacebuilding efforts)
* New Generation (18 – 25 years)
* Community Member or Volunteer 
* Organizations

Complete details are posted at

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

ACR International Conflict Resolution Day is October 21, 2021

October 15, 2021 - Friday
National Hispanic American Heritage Month

National Hispanic American Heritage Month
September 15 to October 15

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Hispanic Heritage Month takes place September 15 to October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. Beginning in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month was originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week” under President Lyndon Johnson, but it was later extended to a month during President Ronald Reagan’s term in 1988.

Since then, the month has been celebrated nationwide through festivals, art shows, conferences, community gatherings, and much more. The month also celebrates the independence days of several Latin American countries, including: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on September 15th, Mexico on September 16th, and Chile on September 18th. They also include holidays that recognize Hispanic contributions such as Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship Day that is celebrated in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

President Joe Biden officially proclaimed National Hispanic Heritage Month in a release on September 14th, saying: “Hispanic Americans embody the best of our American values, including commitment to faith, family, and country.  They serve in our military and protect us as members of law enforcement.  In fact, Hispanic Americans make up half of our Border Patrol agents.  The Hispanic-American community has left an indelible mark on our government, culture, and economy.”

During Hispanic Heritage Month, the U.S. Department of Education continues to celebrate the exceptional contributions of Hispanic students across America.

Observing Hispanic Heritage Month allows our country to show its recognition and support for the work Latinos are doing in helping this country grow. Along with recognizing the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month, it is equally important to us at the Initiative that we raise awareness on Hispanic Heritage Month resources available from other agencies within the Federal Government. Compiled is a list of different resources relevant to Hispanic Heritage Month, along with their respective agencies.