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Women in Empowerment

9 February 2019

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Hot Off the Press: Check Out the February Issue of The Merritt Connection

9 February 2019

See what’s new at Merritt in the latest issue of The Merritt Connection! The college celebrated the Lunar New Year (Year of the Pig), students from the Inter-Tribal Student Union initiated a successsful official Indigenous Peoples Day for the City of Oakland, a Native American ecology class is beginning at Merritt for the first time on March 1; real estate students graduated from a special program with jobs available at the end of it; and much more!  Click HERE or on image to open!

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First-Time Native American Ecology Course (NATAM 76E) Looks at Sustainable Living; Starts 3/1

7 February 2019

Darby Price has taught over three dozen courses during his teaching career, and most have covered some aspect of ethnic or environmental studies. So he is especially excited to offer a new course that combines both at Merritt: “California Indian Ecology of the Central Coast” (Native American Studies 76E, starting March 1.

“California Indian ecology is a broad topic that is underrepresented in the curriculum, so this course will cover a variety of topics focusing on ecology and the interaction between nature
and humans,” says Darby. “Native American ecological life provides important lessons for
sustainable living, from the arrival of peoples 13,000 years
ago on the California coast to the present.

Students will spend most of the course exploring the Bay Area’s incredible biodiversity through field trips to Point Reyes Miwok Cultural site, Coyote Hills Ohlone site, an Oakland shellmound site, East Bay Regional Park’s Native California botanic garden, and the Native American Health Center (where Darby is a member of the board of directors).

“We all have indigenous roots, and this course is for everyone who wants to reconnect with indigenous ways and learn how to live closer with nature,” says Darby, who is Chinese, Scots, Welsh, and Cherokee, and has lived off the grid in
nature as his ancestors did. “We will focus not only on American Indian ecology
and culture but their ability to survive into the present.”

This course is part of Merritt’s new Natural History & Sustainability Program
which brings together environmental-related classes from a variety of disciplines that offer the knowledge, training, and skills to find a career and help tackle the challenges of the 21st century. Other courses still available for the Spring: Feb. 4: Bay Area Field Studies (GEOL 21, #23387); Feb. 19: Herpetology (BIOL 60C: #24194); March 7: Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail (BIOL 62W, #24207; March 13: Islands of California (BIOL 62S, #23388).

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Merritt Student Club Initiates Successful Push for Indigenous Peoples Day in City of Oakland

7 February 2019

As president of the Intertribal Student Union, Danielle Spencer and Vice President Melvin Vierras have been fulfilling their mission to help promote higher education, build community, and be recognized for the historical and cultural contributions of the Native American community to the city. So it made perfect sense to follow other Bay Area cities like San Francisco and Berkeley and request that the City of Oakland also have an official Indigenous Peoples Day.

 

“We wanted to join all of the other groups of people in the U.S. who have a special day to celebrate and recognize their leaders,” says Danielle, who is Navajo, Laguna Pueblo, and Illocano (Filipino).  “The Bay Area represents the largest concentration of

urban Native Americans. We think it’s important to recognize our part in the history of the urban Indians who were relocated to San Francisco and the East Bay during the government’s Relocation Act of 1956.”

It was no small task going through all of the city’s back-and-forth communications to get approval from the city. The club was fortunate to have the help of Danielle’s mother, Maria Spencer, a Merritt administrator, who has connections with the city and made some inroads with the support of City Council member Noel Gallo.

 

So after several months of paperwork, on December 4, the Intertribal Student Union and communitymembers were proud to attend the Oakland City Council meeting where the city joined the ranks of nearly 50 other cities and some states across the country by declaring the second Monday of October as the official Indigenous Peoples Day (replacing Columbus Day).

 

Besides recognizing the official day, the Resolution, which also honored Oakland’s IntertribalFriendship House, one of the first urban American Indian community centers in the nation, along with other community organizations, also stated that this recognition would “create opportunities to learn and educate our communities about the great contributions of Native Americans to our city and our country.” A second Resolution was approved to recognize the month of November as “National First Nations Month.”

 

Danielle was excited to watch it happen and to know that a small club like theirs could make such a difference. “It was a great moment,” says Danielle. “I just thought, ‘Wow, that actually happened. It showed that that’s why clubs like ours exist to give us the opportunity to be initiators and make a difference. Our club was able to start the process to bring more recognition and importance to Native Americans as we also work with high school students to promote higher education and introduce them to Merritt.”

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Student Clubs Bring Merritt Community Together Beyond the Classroom; Support Their Events or Join Them!

6 February 2019

Club Council officers and student club presidents gathered for the first time in the new year to discuss policies, procedures, and plans for coming events throughout the year. You will find the event details on this website, through flyers, and from other promotional methods throughout the semester. Please plan to attend these events to support their hard work in bringing together the Merritt community beyond the classroom.

Pictured: (Back row left to right): Brooklyn Crawford, Club Council Vice President, Montel Floyd, Club Council President; Dominique White, Club Council Secretary; Anamafi Halangahu, PURE Club; Danielle Spencer, Inter-Tribal  Student Union; Jennifer Hughes, Ability Counts; Airion Boatner, Tobacco-Less Club; Dr. Herbert Kitchen, Director of Student Activities & Campus Life; (Front row): Jennifer Erazo, Criminal Justice Club; Spencer Staggers-Emore, Criminal Justice Club; Earthy Young; Street Scholars Club; Yilda Mac, Christian Fellowship; Paul Dunn, SULLY Club

 

 

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2 February 2019

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Welcome Week

2 February 2019

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Test Latinx newsletter pdf

30 January 2019

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Lion’s Dance and Asian Cuisine Highlight 3rd Annual Lunar New Year’s Celebration

29 January 2019

Appearing again at Merritt College for the 3rd Annual Lunar New Year Celebration, the popular Dancing Lion (from the Buk Sing Kung Fu Academy) will once again delight the crowd with its traditional lettuce-throwing antics. The event, sponsored by ASMC and Student Activities, also will include a delicious buffet of Asian fusion cuisine. Come and celebrate the Year of the Earth Pig. Gung Hey Fat Choy!

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Register on the Spot at Super Saturday on January 26; Enrollment Continues through Feb. 1 (Online Feb. 4)

24 January 2019

Haven’t had a chance to apply and/or enroll for Spring classes yet? Want to get it done all at once? Now you have a chance to complete the entire process during Merritt’s Super Saturday on January 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the R Building. You can complete the admissions, orientation, assessment, and counseling requirements and even apply for financial aid. (If you are a Continuing student you can simply register for your classes.) You’ll be all ready to start classes on January 22 or up until the end of the enrollment period on February 1. We’ll see you then! (Or you can apply and/or enroll now by clicking HERE. )

 

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