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Indigenous Programming

2021-2022 UDARI Subcommittee Grants Award Winner

The Indigenous Programming Subcommittee will be utilizing UD Anti-Racism Initiative’s grant funding to employ two graduate students for research tasks for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. These graduate students are organizing student support for the living land acknowledgement, managing data collection, and organizing events on federal and tribal law in relation to the University of Delaware’s history of dispossession of Indigenous lands and other related issues. Additionally, these students will be researching and writing UD’s land grab history and a glossary of key terms, which will be housed on the UDARI webpage. These two graduate students will have a critical role in organizing students to transform UD’s institutional norms and culture towards accountability regarding its colonial legacy.

Mission

Seeks to help foster the university’s scholarly, pedagogical and ecologically-and socially-engaged relationships with our state’s, region’s and global indigenous communities. This work includes the examination of the university’s own history in relation to our watershed’s indigenous community, the Lenni Lenape and Nanticoke.

Goals

  • Develop land acknowledgment to be incorporated into all University of Delaware meetings
  • Build relationships with indigenous communities in the watershed and beyond
  • Expand and promote research in indigenous cultures and histories, and foster teaching and research exchanges between UD and indigenous communities
  • Expand the presence of indigenous faculty and students

Members

Chair: Pascha Bueno-Hansen (Women & Gender Studies)
  • Jocelyn Alcantara-Garcia (Chemistry/Hagley Art Conservation)
  • Geoff Bil (History)
  • Kelsey Chambers (Center for Counseling & Student Development)
  • Ken Cohen (History, Director of Museum Studies)
  • Jon Cox (Art & Design)
  • Emily Davis (English)
  • Jeremy Firestone (School of Marine Science & Policy)
  • Hannah-Marie Garcia ( Earth, Ocean & Environment, Undergraduate Student)
  • Jessica Horton (Art History)
  • Maureen Iplenski (History, PhD Student)
  • McKay Jenkins (English)
  • Gil Johnson (Student Centers, Senior Associate Director)
  • Rebecca Johnson Melvin (Library, Museums & Press/Special Collections)
  • Barry Joyce (History/Social Studies Education Co-Coordinator)
  • John Jungck (Biological Sciences)
  • Youngln Kim (Business Analytics, Graduate Student)
  • Bonita McNatt (external)
  • Xiomara Moore (Media Communications, Undergraduate Student)
  • Jeannie Pfaelzer (English)
  • Steven Sassaman (External)
  • Sowmya Shankar (Information Technology)
  • Nena Todd (DHCH, external)
  • Anna Wik (Plant & Soil Sciences)
  • Amanda Zehnder (Special Collections and Museums)

On November 1, 2021, UD’s Faculty Senate voted to formalized a Living Land Acknowledgement, prepared and presented by the Indigenous Programming subcommittee. The Living Land Acknowledgement recognizes that UD’s campus exists on land originally inhabited by Indigenous peoples and which serves as an important step in building relationships with tribal groups in Delaware — relationships that are based on respect as well as a responsibility to redress centuries of harm. With this motion, the University commits to working further with the UD Anti-Racism Initiative to identify action steps that will support academic opportunities, cultural expression, well-being and financial partnerships for Indigenous peoples.

For more information on the the Living Land Acknowledgement, please see the related webpage on the UDARI site.