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October 7, 2022

Indigenous Peoples' Day


Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which falls on Monday, October 10 this year, recognizes and celebrates the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of the Native people who are the first inhabitants of the Americas, including the land that became the United States.


ARC will hold its annual Indigenous Peoples' March on Monday, October 10 to reflect and remember what occurred on the land occupied by ARC. The March will begin at 12:00 pm outside Davies Hall.


This is ARC's Land Acknowledgment Statement: 

We acknowledge the land which we occupy at American River College as the traditional home of the Nisenan, Maidu, and Miwok tribal nations. These sovereign people have been the caretakers of this land since time immemorial. Despite centuries of genocide and occupation the Nisenan, Maidu, and Miwok continue as vibrant and resilient tribes and bands, both Federally recognized and unrecognized. We take this opportunity to acknowledge the generations that have gone before as well as the present-day Nisenan, Maidu, and Miwok people.


Please click on the video thumbnail below to see a video of the statement.

National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day will be celebrated globally on Tuesday, October 11. Founded on the idea that increased visibility leads to decreased bias, this day encourages members of the LGBTQ+ community to come out and live their true identity.

We want to acknowledge that there are many reasons that people may not be “out.” Society is not always a safe and welcoming place. Coming out is brave and freeing, but can be difficult.

On October 11, we recognize all those who live their lives openly, proudly, and without shame. We celebrate the LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff, and administrators who make our college a more inclusive and equitable place.

ARC’s Pride Center celebrates Coming Out Day with a Love is Love Comedy Hour, on Tuesday, October 11, 12:00 to 1:00 pm in the Student Center - Center for Leadership and Development. Laughter is universal. Join us to hear about culture, love, college life, and so much more.

Supporting Dreamers: DACA Update

While we are disappointed in the recent Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, it doesn’t change our commitment to welcome and serve all students at the Los Rios Colleges. We will use all tools available to us to ensure every student feels safe and supported on our campuses. You have a place here!


If you need assistance, have questions about what the recent DACA ruling means for you, or need support, please contact the ARC UndocuScholar Resource Connection


Free Immigration Legal Services

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), in collaboration with the Los Rios Community College District, offers free virtual/telephone immigration consultations to all students, faculty, and staff. CHIRLA immigration services include:

  • Immigration consultations
  • Assistance with DACA renewals
  • Naturalization information
  • Family-based immigration information
  • Help to understand your rights


To make an appointment:

  1. Visit the CHIRLA Student Legal Services webpage 
  2. Click the “Community Colleges” button to view consultations dates
  3. Select a date and time

Save the Date: Undocumented Student Action Week 

In just two weeks we will also be kicking off the California Community Colleges Undocumented Student Action Week which will run from Monday, October 17 through Friday, October 21. Webinars will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 am each day. We urge all students and employees to come learn more about how you can advocate for the protection of the DACA program and assist in building a strong ecosystem that breaks down silos and promotes a collaborative campus approach to support undocumented student success.

October is Internship Info Month


All students are invited to join us for Internship Info Month hosted by the Los Rios Work Experience and Internship Program from each Los Rios college. These virtual sessions will feature an employer information session or skills workshop. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about available, quality, local internships and the organizations that are offering them. Click on the workshop title below for more information and to RSVP.


October Mental Health Events

The start of October means the fall season is upon us. The magic of the fall season shows us how beautiful it can be to let things go that no longer serve us. During this time, it’s important to reflect on what burdens, barriers, and blockages we should allow to “fall” away. To support us in this fall season, we have three student mental health and wellness workshops to educate, inform and empower us to make the changes we desire for our success. Join us! 


Accreditation Site Visit - You Are Invited

As part of the college’s accreditation process, ARC will welcome a focused site visit by its Institutional Self Evaluation Report (ISER) Review Team during the week of October 10. There are two events that all are invited to attend, either in person or virtually.


Open Forum

Monday, October 10, 11:00 to 12:00 pm

Student Center Community Rooms 1 & 2

Zoom -

Members of the campus community will have an opportunity to share their comments, either in person or virtually with the ISER Review Team. If you participate in this event via Zoom, you will be able to share your thoughts in the chat.


Exit Report

Wednesday, October 12, 9:00 to 10:00 am

Student Center Community Rooms 1 & 2

Zoom -

This exit report event is a presentation by the ISER Review Team as a culmination of their work.


For more information - including the biographies of the ISER Review Team - visit the Accreditation website.

Name That Tune

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, ARC is playing Name That Tune on Wednesday, October 12, 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the Student Center - UNITE Center. Featured will be Hispanic artists from various genres from the 1950s to present. All students are welcome, with prizes for winners. Light snacks will be provided.

Refugee Career Pathway: Entrepreneurship Training

The Entrepreneurship Training event is Friday, October 21 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and is open to all individuals who have been in the US for less than 5 years and have a status of Refugee, Asylee, or SIV. At the training you will learn how to run your own business, manage money and gain leadership skills. RSVP by October 18

Looking for On-Campus Jobs?

Start your job or internship hunt at Handshake – a modern, easy-to-use platform where students and alumni can find full-time and part-time internships and jobs, as well as volunteer opportunities.


On Handshake, you can schedule advising appointments, connect with employers, register for events, and more. Log in to your Handshake using your Los Rios student ID and password.

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CSU Fall 2023 Priority Application Open

If you plan to apply as a transfer student to one of the 23 California State Universities for Fall 2023, the application is open. The deadline to apply is November 30. Need help with your application or want to see if the CSU of your choice has a representative you can speak to, reach out to the Transfer Center.

Fire Drills October 13

As part of our ongoing emergency preparedness efforts, American River College plans to conduct a series of fire drills on the ARC main campus on Thursday, October 13 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm (weather permitting). Alarm activation will be done at random times.


Here is the current list of buildings that will be involved:

  • Welding & Automotive
  • Environmental Resources
  • Kinesiology & Gym
  • Portable Village
  • Davies Hall
  • Diane Bryant STEM Innovation Center
  • LRC
  • Bookstore
  • Student Center
  • Science Offices, Portables, and Classrooms
  • Arts & Science
  • Administration & Counseling


During the drills the Los Rios Police Department and college officials will assist you with exiting the building, assembling a safe distance away, waiting while the building is reviewed, and giving you the all-clear to reenter the building. Depending on what buildings you may be in throughout the day, you may be participating in multiple drills. For evacuation procedures, please visit


Please note that drills might be postponed or rescheduled because of weather or other factors. Thank you for your participation and support.


Soon a REAL ID will be required to board domestic flights, visit secure federal facilities such as military bases or courthouses. CA is now within one year of the enforcement date, May 3, 2023, and the California DMV is encouraging everyone to get a REAL ID sooner rather than later. View a full list of acceptable documents and start your Real ID application online, then complete the final step in person.

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