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Welcome to the 2020-21 Academic Year!

Today we came together, in-person and virtually, to kick off the 147th academic year at Colorado College. Here’s to a great year at CC!

Welcoming New Students

This week, we are excited to be welcoming first year students to campus. Thank you to everyone who has helped to prepare for their arrival. After months of careful planning, we are grateful to bring new students to campus, while ensuring the safety of our community in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.

Welcome to Colorado College! Go Tigers!

The video below was created entirely by CC students. Learn more in this article.

Professor McKay Publishes on Supreme Court Oklahoma Decision

Congratulations to Colorado College Assistant Professor Dwanna McKay (Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies), who published “Oklahoma is – and always has been – Native land” in The Conversation.

McKay, a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation whose research focuses on social inequality and Indigenous identity, explains that the landmark July 9 decision applies only to criminal law and gives federal and tribal courts jurisdiction over felonies committed by tribal citizens within the Creek reservation, not the state of Oklahoma.

“Any shock that tribal nations have sovereignty over their own land reflects a serious misunderstanding of American history. For Oklahoma – indeed, all of North America – has always been, for lack of a better term, Indian Country,” she writes. “As both an educator and scholar, I work to correct the erasure of Indigenous histories through my research and teaching.” Read more here.

Ryan Haygood ’97 Honors Rep. John Lewis in Op-Ed Piece

Ryan Haygood ’97, executive director and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, paid tribute to the life and legacy of civil rights and racial justice leader Rep. John Lewis who passed away earlier this month in his op-ed piece, “John Lewis Taught Us to Tell Uncomfortable Truths.”

A nationally respected civil rights lawyer, Haygood is president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (2015-present). Prior to leading the Institute, he served as the deputy director of litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund Inc., where he worked for more than a decade (2003-2015). Haygood began his legal career as a litigation associate at the New York law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP (2001-03). As an undergraduate student, he was nominated for the Rhodes scholarship and earned academic and athletic All-American and hall of fame honors as a football player. Haygood graduated with his B.A. in American History and Political Science, cum laude, in 1997. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Colorado College in 2011. He currently serves as a trustee at Colorado College.

Professor Nene Diop Publishes Book

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of French Nene Diop, who recently published her first book, “Combat Socio-Politique et Représentation: Le droit de la Femme en Question dans le Roman Sénégalais” (Socio-Political Struggle and Self-Representation: Senegalese Women and their Quest for Equal Rights in the Senegalese Novel).

Diop earned her Ph.D. in French at the University of Colorado-Boulder’s French and Italian Department. She holds a License in Lettres and a Master in Linguistics from the Université Gaston Berger in St. Louis (Sénégal) and a master’s degree in French from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Diop teaches French/Francophone Literature, Language and Cultures. She also teaches in the CC Summer program in Senegal. Read more here.

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