Acknowledging the Land

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Dr. Cori Bazemore-James will discuss when, how, why, and why not to use land acknowledgement statements. She will share her perspectives, research, excellent examples, and the practices she personally uses. Attendees will learn the following about land acknowledgements: their meaning, what they should entail, who should do them, where to do them, the argument for not doing them, and the responsibilities that go along with them.

Dr. Cori Bazemore-James
Dr. Cori Bazemore-James

Dr. Cori Bazemore-James, Seneca Nation, is the Director of Retention and Success in the Graduate School Diversity Office at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.  In her role, she supports the retention of all 2,000+ domestic graduate students of color/Native American graduate students at UMN.  Her research is focused on centering Indigenous knowledge to develop the functional area of Indigenous Student Affairs and supporting Indigenous educators in predominantly white institutions.  She is the founder of the ACPA Indigenous Student Affairs Network, the first national/international professional network of Indigenous Student Affairs educators, and currently serves on the ACPA Governing Board and the MIGIZI Board of Directors.  Based on her award-winning research, Dr. Bazemore-James has led the development of the first Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) Standards for the Indigenous Student Affairs functional area (released Jan 2021).