We are very glad that Columbia now celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The University has followed the appeal of Native American students and numerous other students, faculty and staff over the years asking for this Day to be honored. The celebration of the Day is a clear trend among various other universities as well as cities and states in this country.
History of the Day
- Including Indigenous Peoples’ rights or similar courses in the core curriculum so that the broad student body is exposed to the issues.
- Building an active meaningful relationship with the Indigenous Peoples of our area and of NYS more broadly.
- Naming a building or one of the walks in our campus with a name of the Lenape people, who are the people of the land on whose traditional territory Columbia is built.
- Placing Native American art in prominent places on campus, to honor Indigenous heritage.
- Appointing a Senior Adviser on Indigenous Affairs to the President.
- Creating a strategic plan for Columbia.