In early 2021, the City of Irvine passed a resolution reaffirming Irvine's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our City and subsequently formed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. The committee's first campaign, We Are Irvine, aims to embrace and celebrate diversity and foster an environment that is inclusive of all cultures, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, perspectives, and ways of thinking.
This web page is an arm of the We Are Irvine campaign and will be updated regularly to reflect the current and upcoming celebrations and observances of our community members and residents.
|City of Irvine DE&I Events
|Irvine Multicultural Association
|City Proclamations and Resolutions
|Mock Village Proposal
For a description of all DEI recognitions, view our DE&I Calendar.
Celebrate Acjachemen Heritage at Portola Springs Community Center
Join the City of Irvine Wednesday, February 7, 5–7 p.m., at the Portola Springs Community Center for a captivating Exploring Our World presentation, The Acjachemen: Past, Present, Future. This special event invites you to celebrate social oneness as we delve into the rich history, present-day, and promising future of the Acjachemen people.
The Acjachemen are an indigenous people whose traditional homeland stretches from Long Beach to Camp Pendleton, and includes all of Orange County — leaving an indelible mark on this land. Explore the ancient traditions, vibrant community, and the Acjachemen people's enduring connection to their homeland. You'll have the opportunity to view cultural treasures, understand the Acjachemen's unique worldview, and discover their vibrant presence in our modern world.
Want to join the conversation? Sign up online at yourirvine.org or call 949-724-6900. Need a ride? Shuttle service will be provided from Lakeview Senior Center. Register online at yourirvine.org by February 5.
This program is part of the Irvine Multicultural Association's (IMA) ongoing educational series, designed to bring diverse cultures closer to you.
Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Transit Equity Day
On Sunday, February 4, OCTA will offer free rides all day on fixed-route buses. No ticket is required. Transit Equity Day commemorates the birthday of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, whose 1955 refusal to give up her seat on the bus led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that segregation on transit was unconstitutional. Every day, OCTA is committed to offering equitable, reliable, and balanced transportation for all.
Metrolink Celebrates Lunar New Year
Help Metrolink celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year with Metrolink on February 17. Begin with a free festive celebration at the Irvine Metrolink Station then ride to the LA Golden Dragon Parade in Chinatown. Visit Metrolink's website for more information.
Black History Month: February 2024
February 2024 is Black History Month in the City of Irvine, after a proclamation made at the February 13, 2024 City Council meeting. During Black History Month, we celebrate the vast achievements and contributions made by African Americans to our economic, cultural, spiritual, and political development. The 2024 observance theme is "African Americans and the Arts," in celebration and appreciation of the rich heritage and artistic influence that has shaped and continues to influence American society and culture. The observance of Black History Month calls our attention to the continued need to dismantle racism, advance equity, and build a society that lives up to its democratic ideas. The City of Irvine continues to work toward becoming an inclusive community, in which all citizens are respected and recognized for their contributions to our community, state, and the country.
Lunar New Year: February 10, 2024
At its meeting January 23, the City of Irvine proclaimed February 10, 2024, as "Lunar New Year," encouraging Irvine residents to celebrate the special occasion. Lunar New Year is a time of feasting and renewal of family and community ties. It falls annually on the second new moon following the winter solstice marking the beginning of the lunisolar calendar. Various Asian Pacific Islander cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year in a variety of ways worldwide. In 2024, the Year of the Dragon will be observed following the lunar zodiac calendar.
Irvine 2/11 Marine Battalion Day: February 11, 2024
The Irvine City Council proclaimed February 11, 2024, as Irvine 2/11 Marine Battalion Day at its meeting January 23, 2024. The City of Irvine has a long-standing relationship with the United States Armed Forces and provides ongoing recognition and support to active duty personnel, reservists, and veterans. In 2007 the City of Irvine adopted the 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division (2/11 Marines), comprised of 750 active Marines and Sailors who bravely protect the rights and freedoms of the United States, its Allies, and people around the world. This day will recognize the outstanding work and dedication of the Marines and Sailors of the 2/11 Marines.
The Irvine Multicultural Association (IMA) is a program designed for Irvine's senior residents and offers educational resources and social functions for the community. IMA's mission is to promote harmony and understanding for a better, enlightened, and healthier community. The association was formed by the same group that introduced Irvine's Global Village Festival to the community over 20 years ago.
IMA's planning committee seeks to highlight a particular culture each month through programs like their International Film Series, the English Mentoring Program, and other outlets. For more information on these programs and events, see the DEI events section above, or visit their webpage.
The IMA planning committee is looking for additional members to join the committee. Ideal representatives share the mission of the association. Please see the flier below for more information.
The Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation are the original inhabitants of the lands that became the County of Orange. Archaeological evidence shows an Acjachemen presence in this region for over 10,000 years. The Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation are interested in establishing a mock village in Irvine. The Irvine City Council is proposing to create a mock village, which is being advanced by Payómkawichum Kaàmalam, which is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit with over thirty years of experience as a cultural advocate and cultural resource manager for the Acjachemen people.
Possible locations for such a mock village in our City could be in the Portola Springs neighborhood. The mock village would resemble what the tribal members lived in and could showcase structures that the Acjachemen used as shelter. The Irvine City Council will continue the conversation and proposal at a future meeting.
For more health and human Services information, visit our We Are Irvine webpage.