Campus & National Observances

Show your support for equity, diversity, and inclusion by incorporating daily, weekly, and monthly observances.

Upcoming CC Events

Centralia College is hosting a series of speakers for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. We hope you can attend!

Thalia VaillancourtSexual Assault Facts & Statistics

Presented by Thalia Vaillancourt, Director of Equity & Inclusion at Centralia College
11am Thursday, April 11
TransAlta Commons Room 122 or online via Zoom

Thalia Vaillancourt has been working in the service field since 1999 when she provided experiential education to inner city youth as a Wilderness Expedition Canoeing Guide. After a 15-year career in the wellness field with athletes, the Montreal stunt team, people with chronic pain, anxiety, and depression, and goal coaching, she changed direction. With lived experience with houselessness, and as a domestic and sexual violence survivor, she has been an activist and advocate since 2018. She worked as a housing case worker for a Thurston County domestic and sexual violence agency before becoming a trainer. She provided a dual domestic and sexual violence advocate training for the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy while working with agency leaders to lower barriers to services and prevent harm caused by systems of violence until fall 2023. She now works as Centralia College’s Director of Equity and Inclusion and chairs the board for Partners in Prevention Education. Thalia holds a Master of Public Administration from The Evergreen State College.

Sexual Assault Bystander Intervention

Presented by Kristine Camenzid, Executive Director of Hope Alliance
5pm Wednesday, April 17
TransAlta Commons Room 122 or online via Zoom

Esmeralda TriplettIntersections of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Human Trafficking with a Latinx Lens

Presented by Esmeralda Triplet, Statewide Coordinating Body Program Manager at Innovations Human Trafficking Collaborative
2pm Tuesday, April 23
TransAlta Commons Room 122 or online via Zoom

Innovations HTC is an Indigenous survivor-led social justice non-profit based in Olympia, WA. IHTC is action-focused and is the only Human Trafficking agency in the South Sound. Esmeralda works throughout Washington State to ensure coordination and support is occurring for statewide healing, support, and transition services to survivors of sex trafficking. Esmeralda is first generation born and bilingual in Spanish. She is a survivor of sexual and domestic violence and comes with eight years of social work experience. Her career started as a direct service staff helping survivors through the legal system and creating partnerships for undocumented survivors of violence. Esmeralda comes with years of experience and knowledge from both lived and professional certifications and education. Some of this includes Mental Health First-Aid, Suicide QPR Certification, and Credentialed in National Victim Advocacy. Esmeralda has experience in managing and directing multiple programs with audit preparation, grant writing and training experience. Esmeralda has offered consulting services to other non-profits to support in strategic planning and programming. Her work includes the creation and implementation of law enforcement training for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. Esmeralda successfully applied for the first Thurston County grant that will support high risk victims with wrap-around services with the goal of reducing homicide rates for the county. She serves as co-chair for Thurston County’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Taskforce in partnership with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Esmeralda’s knowledge of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, helps close the gaps and barriers for Human Trafficking Survivors. Her work will help educate the community in the intersections survivors face and will help promote healing, support, and transition services.

Joy AngleseyUnderstanding Title IX Basics

Presenter: Joy Anglesey, CC Vice President of Human Resources & Equity at Centralia College
1pm Monday, April 29
TransAlta Commons Room 122 or online via Zoom

Joy Anglesey has many years of experience working in a trauma-informed manner in Human Resources and Equity. She worked for several years for a domestic violence and sexual assault organization in Olympia, and understands the severe nature of primary, and secondary or vicarious trauma to individuals. Joy now works for Centralia College, where one of her primary duties is as the Title IX Officer for the campus. She brings compassion and empathy to this role, as she approaches the topic in a trauma-informed way. She has been certified as a Title IX Investigator and has undergone 20 plus hours of Title IX training in the past 12 months.

National Observances

The following are national observances by month. Did we forget one? Let us know at

  • Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
  • Jan 27 – International Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • Black History Month
  • Feb 1 – World Hijab Day
  • Feb 20 – World Day of Social Justice
  • Feb 21 – International Mother Language Day
  • Women’s History Month
  • National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
  • Mar ch1-7 – Invest In Veterans Week
  • Week of March 8 – International Women’s Week
  • March 21-27 – Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination
  • March 8 – International Women’s Day
  • March 25 - International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • March 31 – Caesar Chavez Day
  • Neurodiversity Awareness Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • Arab American Heritage Month
  • April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day


  • Mental Health Awareness Month
  • Jewish American Heritage Month
  • Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • May 5 – Silence The Shame Day
  • May 5 – African World Heritage Day
  • May 7 – Barrier Awareness Day
  • May 19 – Malcolm X Day
  • Third Saturday in May – Armed Forces Day
  • May 21 – World Day For Cultural Diversity
  • Pride Month
  • June, Ends On Father’s Day – Men’s Health Week
  • June 19 – Juneteenth
  • June 20 – World Refugee Day
  • Third Week In July – Captive Nations Week
  • July 12 – Malala Day
  • July 14 – International Non-Binary Day
  • July 26 – Disability Independence Day
  • Aug. 9 – International Day Of The World’s Indigenous Peoples
  • Aug. 14 – Code Talkers Day
  • Aug 26. – Women’s Equality Day
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Last Full Week Of September – International Week of the Deaf
  • Sept. 17 – Constitution Day
  • Sept. 23 – Bi Visibility Day
  • LGBT History Month
  • ADD/ADHD Awareness Month
  • Disability Awareness Month
  • First Week In October – Mental Illness Awareness Week
  • Oct. 10 – World Homeless Day
  • Oct .11 – Coming Out Day
  • Second Monday In October – Indigenous People’s Day
  • Oct. 15 – White Cane Safety Day
  • Oct. 17 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
  • Family Stories Month
  • Military Family Month
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Nov. 13-19 – Trans Awareness Week
  • Week Before Thanksgiving – Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week
  • Nov. 8 – First Generation Student Day
  • Nov. 9 – World Freedom Day
  • Nov. 19 – International Men’s Day
  • Fourth Friday in November – Native American Heritage Day
  • Universal Human Rights Month
  • Dec. 1 – World Aids Day
  • Dec. 3 – UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • Dec. 10 – Human Rights Day