Indigenous Peoples’ Day this Monday, Morningside Park Cleanup, and other Events and Opportunities, 10/5-10/19

October 05, 2021

Dear Students,

Monday, October 11 marks the second anniversary of the University Senate’s resolution to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Columbia. We are excited to share opportunities to get involved with events happening across our community to commemorate this important day.  

Whether you are seeking ways to actively promote racial justice as an ally, or you identify as Native or Indigenous and seek resources, we invite you to visit Resources for Combating Anti-Native and Indigenous Racism on the University Life website.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Opportunities and Events (All events in ET)

  • Indigenous Representation in Media. From Reservation Dogs to Rutherford Falls, Native American representation is on the rise. What does this mean for the community, what’s the significance of taking control of one’s own narrative and how can this be more than a moment? Listen and interact with professor and media leader Joely Proudfit. Join Multicultural Affairs and Native American Council for their annual Ella Cara Deloria (1915 TC) lecture, a prominent Yankton Sioux educator, anthropologist, ethnographer, and linguist. Monday, October 11, 6:00-7:30 PM. Register here.
  • Holistic Healing with Plants: Modern and Traditional Herbalism. Hosted by the School of Nursing, this workshop will focus on how to identify, harvest, and use three native plants that grow in and around NYC, including information on traditional medicinal uses by Indigenous people of the Northeast. Monday, October 11, 4:00-5:00 PM. Register here.


Deadline Extended: Racial Justice Mini-Grant Program Applications

Have an idea that promotes racial justice? Applications for the Racial Justice Mini-Grant Program are open! Last year, the RJMG program supported 27 grantees who created podcasts, lectures, workshops, and other projects focused on advancing racial justice. Interested in learning more? Applications are due by 10/8.

University Life Opportunities and Events (All events in ET)

University-wide Events and Opportunities (All events in ET)

  • The Promise and the Perils of Quantum Computing. Quantum computing is becoming more mainstream and has potential to have a transformative impact on countless industries. This panel will discuss both the benefits and drawbacks of this emerging technology. Tuesday, October 5, 8:00-9:30 PM. Register here.
  • Race + Data Science Lecture Series. The Data Science Institute is hosting weekly virtual lectures that aim to celebrate and advance research in the areas of race and data, engineering and computational science. Each week, the Institute will host a new lecturer from various companies and institutions. Every Wednesday, times vary. See the full listing of events and learn more here.
  • Operation ID: Electronic Tattoos. Worried about losing your important belongings? Operation ID is a powerful lost and found tool created to deter the selling of stolen items. Register your bike, laptop, cell phone, or other electronic device today, October 5, through Friday, October 8, from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Learn more here.
  • Situational Awareness Training. Join Public Safety to learn critical life skills on how to be alert to potential threats around you and how to be more cognizant of paths to safety when in threatening situations. Friday, October 8, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM. Register here.
  • Future of Technology in Higher Education Summit. Join University and industry leaders, HP and AMD for a summit discussing the five-year impact of emerging technology on higher education and how institutions can leverage these technologies to innovate. Friday, October 8, 10:00 AM-4:30 PM. Learn more and register here.
  • Ocean & Climate Seminar Series. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is holding in-person and virtual seminars with experts from around the country on a variety of topics, such as tropical cyclone modeling, greenhouse gases, and the El Niño-Southern Oscillation. Now through Friday, December 10. Times and locations vary. Learn more and register here.

Learn more about what’s happening around campus on University Life’s website, Instagram and Facebook. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

Have a great week,

Joseph Defraine Greenwell, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Office of University Life
Gender Pronouns: He/Him/His

Ixchel Rosal
Associate Vice President for Student Life
Office of University Life
Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers