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An exploration of professional development related topics by and for faculty at Mt. San Antonio College. A frequent theme of the podcast is improving the success of students from designated campus equity populations.




Oct 29, 2019

The Mt. SAC campus honored Indigenous Peoples Day on October 14th and if you missed the celebration that took place at the Indigenous Peoples Fountain in front of the Mt. SAC Library, here is your chance to hear from those who participated talk about their message and why Indigenous Peoples Day is important.  
According to the SAC Media article "Why Mt. SAC Dropped Columbus Day," "In 2016, the Mt. SAC Associated Students voted 16 to 2 and passed a resolution to change Christopher Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day....thanks to the hard work and activism of Mt. SAC MEChistas and the Mt. SAC Native American Intertribal Student Alliance." According to the article:
"Mt. SAC renamed the holiday before the city of Los Angeles did. It wasn’t until 2018 that LA celebrated their first Indigenous Day that included all-day celebrations of Native American history and culture. Other states such as New Mexico, Maine and Wisconsin have also voted to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day.

Since the change, both MEChA and NAISA celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day yearly. The celebrations grow every year, and more student organizations have joined in collaboration."

MeChA and NAISA club members in collaboration with American Indian Movement and  Environmental Action Group for a Liable Earth (EAGLE) were involved in organizing this year's event, particularly student leader, Julian Ibanez Mandujano.
Run Time: 19 min, 44 sec
To find the full transcript for this episode, click HERE