Center for Faculty Innovation

Why Use an Indigenous Land and Enslaved People Acknowledgement? (Online Roundtable)

Thu, 3 Dec 2020 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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Statements and acknowledgements of indigenous land and local histories of enslaved peoples have been used at various university and professional organization events around the United States in recent years. Over the past year, JMU faculty who are Indigenous, Black, and People of Color and the Center for Faculty Innovation Leadership Team have been co-creating such an acknowledgement that fits a Shenandoah Valley and James Madison University context. Participants in this roundtable will explore the Indigenous Land and Enslaved People Acknowledgement itself, the intentions behind it, purposes of it, and process behind its creation and use. This event is intentionally held in close proximity to  Native American Heritage Month.

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Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:
  • Examining the intention behind and purpose of an Indigenous Land and Enslaved People Acknowledgement; and
  • Exploring the implications of the acknowledgement and related action steps.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. If you are a student or administrator and would like to attend, please sign up and leave a note at the end of the survey.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us personally at Tiffany Runion, runiontt@jmu.edu or (540)860-0524.

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