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A message on Indigenous Peoples Day

Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

To all members of the Northeastern community,

I’m writing to announce a change in the university’s observance of the Columbus Day holiday. Beginning this year, the university will observe and celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.

We will inaugurate this shift with a virtual panel discussion featuring Professor Ellen Cushman, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Further details about this event—including additional participants—will be forthcoming.

Indigenous Peoples Day will be part of the holiday calendar for campuses where a holiday is formally observed on the second Monday in October.



David Madigan

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs


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