MCCA This Week: October 16, 2020


This Week
October 16, 2020

On Monday of this week, we observed Indigenous Peoples' Day in place of Columbus Day. Before diving into the IDP movement, here's a brief history of Columbus Day in the U.S., according to the Smithsonian:

  • 1797: The first documented observance of Columbus Day in the United States took place in New York City on the 300th anniversary of Columbus's landfall in the Western Hemisphere
  • 1869: The holiday originated as an annual celebration of Italian–American heritage in San Francisco
  • 1934: At the request of the Knights of Columbus and New York City's Italian community, President Roosevelt declared the first national observance of Columbus Day
  • 1972: President Nixon signed a proclamation making the official date of the holiday the second Monday in October
  • 1977: Proposal to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • 1989: South Dakota became the first state to switch Columbus Day to Native Americans' Day

For Native Americans, Columbus Day conjures the violent history of pillaging, raping, and genocide that lasted for hundreds of years at the hands of those who settled here. Many would argue and agree that this is not something we should be celebrating.

2020 has been a year of racial reckoning and things are changing. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia now observe Native American or Indigenous Peoples' Day, in place of or in addition to Columbus Day. Grade school education is also shifting to provide more accurate narratives. A reimagined national holiday will allow us to honor and celebrate our native people rightfully.

PS: Click here to view our abbreviated history of Tribal Colleges and Universities.

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U.S. Education News

  • Nine out of 10 community colleges said they had suffered enrollment declines this fall, compared with last year. (The Chronicle)
  • Community colleges should better align their noncredit workforce training with their credit programs aimed at transfer students. (CC Daily)
  • A growing body of research has shown that anxiety and mental health issues have become primary concerns for college students. (The Key with Inside Higher Ed)
  • What job candidates need to know about seeking a teaching position at a two-year college. (The Chronicle)

Missouri News

  • Missouri has once again broken its own record for COVID-19 hospitalizations and seven-day positivity rate, putting its status at an alarming rate nationwide. (KMOV)


College Headlines

  • St. Louis Community College recently opened a nursing expansion at its Wildwood campus to a full cohort of 24 students. The expansion, which renovated 3,000 square feet of space in Wildwood to launch the nursing program, was made possible by a $2 million grant from the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. (KSDK)
  • Tucked away in quiet workspaces or offices, linked only by technology and their shared mission, Ozarks Technical Community College’s COVID-19 case managers have been hard at work for months. (OTC Blog)
  • The St. Charles Community College Foundation raised more than $35,000 at its 24th Annual Presidents Classic Golf Scramble. Proceeds will support scholarships as well as academic and program enhancements at SCC. (SCC News)

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