Land Acknowledgements and the Importance of Territory Recognition
Are you interested in using a Land Acknowledgement or have you been using one and want to learn more? The CFAES Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be hosting a webinar/discussion with Melissa Beard Jacob on Wednesday, July 28th, 3:00-4:00pm ET about the importance of acknowledging Native American and Indigenous lands and best practices for creating intentional and non-performative land acknowledgements. The first half of the session will involve a presentation followed by a facilitated discussion/Q&A with attendees. This webinar is open to any member of the Ohio State community.
About the presenter
Melissa Beard Jacob (she/her/hers) is Ojibwe from Northern Michigan and an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Her traditional name in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe Language) is Awunkoquay, which translates into Woman in the Fog. She is eagle clan and embraces several roles and responsibilities as an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe woman), mother, wife, daughter, granddaughter, sister, cousin, educator, writer, and historian. She currently serves as the Intercultural Specialist for Native American and Indigenous Student Initiatives at The Ohio State University Student Life Multicultural Center.
Melissa received her PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University and her research interests include Native American boarding school histories, collective memory and cultural trauma, Indigenous methodologies, and performance theory. Her dissertation entitled “Reclaiming My Family’s Story: Cultural Trauma and Indigenous Ways of Knowing” is an Indigenous autoethnographic study of her own family’s story of survival through the Native American boarding school system. Melissa also holds a BA in Journalism from Michigan State University and a MA in Film and Media Studies from Wayne State University.