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Between November 1st to January 15th there are about 30 holidays celebrated by numerous religious and spiritual traditions. Grand Valley State University strives to be a place where everyone can practice their traditions safely and authenticity. Because of that the Division of Inclusion and Equity has put together the following guide around decorations and other events during this time.
For many reasons, when people say “the holidays” our minds often jump to December, there are holidays throughout the year. These guidelines are especially for the “December dilemma” but can also be used for anytime during the year.
In your work station you are allowed to have any holiday decorations you choose. It may have religious symbolism (examples might be a nativity scene, a menorah, or a Bodhi tree).
In public work areas (copy rooms, lobbies, bathrooms) the symbols should be more neutral and focus on winter (snow, lights, snowpeople, etc.) instead of specific holidays.