Third Judicial Circuit Court

The Third Circuit Court Diversity and Inclusion Team’s Mission: "We appreciate our common connection and respect our diverse and unique human experiences. We move forward as an inclusive organization as we provide accessible and equal justice."

The Court’s Diversity & Inclusion Team strives to ensure the values of its diverse bench, staff, and court users are acknowledged and reflected in our delivery of service as well as our work environment.

In that spirit, the team creates and shares a monthly list of various holidays and observations along with some celebration suggestions. We invite our work community and the community at large to contribute.


“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we all must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” – Maya Angelou


International Day of Older Persons -  October 1     

Int’l Day of Non-Violence  -  October 2

Yom Kippur Begins  -  October 4

World Teachers’ Day  -  October 5

German-American Day - October 6

Sukkot Begins - October 9

World Mental Health Day  -  October 10

Columbus Day -  October 10

Indigenous People’s Day   -  October 10

National Farmers Day  -  October 12

National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day  -   October 15

Black Poetry Day   -   October 17

Pronouns Day - October 19

LGBTQ+ Spirit Day  -   October 20

Diwali  -  October 24

World Stroke Day  -  October 29

Halloween  -  October 31




On October 8th 2021, President Joe Biden became the first commander in chief to formally recognize Indigenous People’s Day by issuing a proclamation celebrating the upcoming holiday.


The proclamation says:

“On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, our Nation celebrates the invaluable contributions and resilience of Indigenous peoples, recognizes their inherent sovereignty, and commits to honoring the Federal Government’s trust and treaty obligations to Tribal Nations.”


The proclamation ends on a powerful note:

“On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we honor America’s first inhabitants and the Tribal Nations that continue to thrive today.”





Diwali is a major Indian festival that brings people together. Lights and firecrackers are used to decorate homes. It's a time when people share joy and laughter. The festival is held in a friendly atmosphere and exudes a sense of purity. 

Diwali's lights represent a time to demolish all of our bad desires and thoughts, exorcise dark shadows and evils, and give us the power and enthusiasm to continue our best for the rest of the year. This religious holiday commemorates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness strengthening bonds of friendship and brotherhood. Finally, through the utilization of rituals and festivities, Diwali not only draws people together but also gives them a sense of purpose, meaning, and optimism.





Celebrate Global Diversity Awareness Month and pay tribute to the diverse minds and beliefs held by all cultures around the world. We live in a multicultural society and embracing the values of various cultures only strengthens our understanding and appreciation of the world. Open your mind to new views and ideas, appreciate cultural differences, and enjoy a fresh perspective.





Did you know your emotional well-being has powerful effects on your overall health? Mental and emotional stress can translate into negative physical reactions, a weakened immune system, and poor health. “Emotional wellness” refers to our ability to process feelings in a healthy, positive way and manage the stress of everyday life. If you feel stressed or overwhelmed, try a soothing activity like meditation or yoga to slow down and clear your mind. Use Emotional Wellness Month as an opportunity to take charge of your emotional wellness, find the soothing activities that works for you, and, most of all, breathe!




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For the month of October, LGBT History Month is used to recognize historical icons that have had an impact on the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights over decades of history as well as members of the community that have made great contributions towards humanity in general.


LGBT History Month is not to be confused with LGBT Pride Month in June, which was started to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969.


In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a teacher at a Missouri high school, believed that a month should be devoted to the learning and celebration of LGBT history and chose October for two main reasons.


The first is that school would be in session, providing schools with the opportunity to connect with students about this specific history.


The second is due to existing traditions such as National Coming Out Day on October 11th and planned around the first two marches on Washington for lesbian and gay rights back in 1979 and 1987 in the same month of October.


Another reason for this month lies in the need for role models to be shown to people who have never heard of them before.



The Diversity & Inclusion Plan can be found on the Court’s website or clicking below.
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