The Common Read Program invites your nominations for the CC Common Read for 2021-2022. The deadline for nominations is November 13, 2019 (the end of Block 3). The Common Read is selected based on a number of criteria, but primarily the committee looks for texts that value diverse cultural perspectives and raise important questions around issues of justice, power, and equity. To nominate a book, please use the following survey: tiny.cc/common_read. Questions? Contact Aaron Stoller, Director of Academic Programs & FYE.

Posted by bgray@coloradocollege.edu for the October 24, 2019 digest.

Applications on Summit for all summer block away programs and summer away aid will be open from October 31 through December 2. The Summit process will be both for the program and the financial aid application. This is no longer a first-come, first-served system, as all students who complete their applications by Dec. 2 will be considered for financial aid. Please advise your students that it is vital that they apply during the October 31-December 2 window if they wish to be considered for summer financial aid for their study away program. If you have questions about the summer block away and aid application, please contact Shiyanke Goonetilleke in the Center for Global Education & Field Study.

Posted by abertsche@coloradocollege.edu for the October 24, 2019 digest.

The North Nevada Transit Connectivity Study project team will be hosting two community office hours sessions this Thursday, Oct. 24th. SESSION 1 – 10AM – 12PM – BUILDING THREE COFFEE – 2727 N. Cascade Avenue, #155 and SESSION 2 – 4PM – 6PM – WILD GOOSE MEETING HOUSE – 401 N. Tejon Street. There is no formal agenda and attendees can come and go as they please. A community questionnaire will be posted online after the meeting for those that could not attend. The North Nevada Transit Connectivity Study will evaluate the feasibility of alternative transit services to serve the needs of the North Nevada Avenue corridor and connect the UCCS campus to downtown Colorado Springs.

Posted by ktaylor@coloradocollege.edu for the October 24, 2019 digest.

Faculty Lunch #3 featuring Dr. Dwanna L. McKay

Navigating Indigenous Identity

Are we talking about Indians, American Indians, Natives, Native Americans, Indigenous Peoples, First Peoples, or Original Peoples? Are we talking about “tribes” or sovereign nations? Are we talking about what we call ourselves or what the colonial powers named us? Furthermore, are we talking about race, ethnicity, cultural identity, tribal identity, national identity, or some other form of identity? Indigenous folk in the United States navigate and negotiate complex amounts of social identity. Why is this important? Because for Native and Indigenous persons in the US, the consequences and lived experiences associated with these different forms of identity representation are at best, complex, and at worst, alienating and discriminatory. Indigeneity involves racial, cultural, and political identity criteria, which serve to construct boundaries–boundaries that serve to confuse our ability to define and identify Indigeneity. Indeed, very little consensus exists about Indigenous identity among or between individuals, communities, or academia. We continue to struggle with questions like: What constitutes Indigeneity? How do we measure Indianness? How do we account for identity variations between reservation, non-reservation, urban, and rural living? Who truly possesses, performs, or holds American Indian identity? In other words, who is a “real Indian” today? This talk will explore my findings through conversations with 698 people who represent 322 federally recognized tribes.

Dr. Dwanna L. McKay, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies in the Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies Program at Colorado College

11/5/19 Gaylord Hall – Family style lunch provided

Click the following link to register: tiny.cc/Facultylunch3

11:45am Doors Open and lunch on tables
12:15pm Talk begins
1:15pm Event Concludes

Posted by jhartmann@coloradocollege.edu for the October 23, 2019 digest.

We are looking for students volunteers who have a strong interest in the center’s activities and our principles of engagement. Become an Ambassador of the Butler Center and carry our messages and information to the spaces you occupy on campus. At the same time, you will have access to our holistic mentoring, special invitations to events, unique opportunities, ambassador swag, surprise gifts, and so much more! Apply here: nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fforms.gle%2FLciXQUmwKjykzePN9&data=02%7C01%7CStaffDigest%40coloradocollege.edu%7C6e9f472064694fc392a108d75747e7f1%7Ccfc7b13c12964387b3085de…. Application Deadline: Nov. 4, 2019.

Posted by d_muriqi@coloradocollege.edu for the October 23, 2019 digest.