Center for Faculty Innovation

What Actions Should Come from an Indigenous Land and Enslaved Peoples Acknowledgement? (Online Scholarly Talk)

Tue, 16 Feb 2021 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


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 scholarly talk will hear perspectives from JMU colleagues regarding moving from acknowledgement toward action regarding the Indigenous Land and Enslaved People Acknowledgement. This event is intentionally held during  Black History Month.


  • Joanne Gabbin, Ph. D. College of Arts and Letters
  • Carlos Galvan Alemán, Ph.D., College of Arts and Letters
  • Ángel A. García Jr., Ph.D. (Boricua), College of Science and Math
  • Gilpatrick Hornsby, Ph. D., Hart School of Hospitality, Sport, and Recreation Management and CFI


  • Ed Brantmeier, Ph. D. Center for Faculty Innovation and College of Education.

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. 

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. If you are a graduate 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, or (540)568-4846.

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