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The Department of Health Sciences is pleased to recognize the following observances and celebrations for the month of May:

Ridván (Bahá’í)

April 21-May 2, 2023 

Commemorating when Bahá’u’lláh proclaimed his mission as God’s messenger. Common traditions include reading excerpts recounting Bahá’u’lláh’s stay in the Garden of Ridván. On the first day, elections for the democratically elected bodies, or spiritual assemblies, that help govern the Bahá’í community occur. 

Better Hearing and Speech Month

May 1-May 31, 2023

This annual event is observed in May to raise awareness about communication disorders. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) founded this annual event to provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the role of ASHA members in providing treatment to those affected by communication disorders. Learn more about Better Hearing and Speech Month and find resources.

National Speech-Language Pathologist Day

May 18, 2023 

National Speech-Language Pathologist Day is dedicated to celebrating the health care professionals who specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of communication, voice, and swallowing disorders.

National Military Appreciation Month

May 1-May 31, 2023

National Military Appreciation Month is a month-long observance to encourage American citizens to reflect on the sacrifices made by people who are currently in the military or have resigned from duty. 

The Physician Assistant program’s focus is on the recruitment of veteran applicants; encouraging veterans from all areas of the United States Armed Forces who have served in a medical capacity to apply to the program. Learn more about the Division of Physician Assistant’s program for veterans. 

UNC-Chapel Hill provides a calendar of Holy Days and Observances as a resource for education and accommodation. The Department of Health Sciences will share monthly observances and recognitions as a part of its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.