Land Acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement

We would like to take a moment at the beginning of this discussion to acknowledge that there is a certain amount of hypocrisy in attempting to discuss what justice and equity can look like in our institutions and society, while occupying stolen lands.

Therefore, in order to be accountable for this hypocrisy, it feels important to acknowledge that any movement towards justice is not an “either/or” proposition of the singular, most important issue that must be addressed, but a “yes/and” proposition of collectively working together to address all sources of injustice at once, even as we respect the individual needs and limits of ourselves and each other in working to build the most compassionate, just and equitable world that we can, together.

It is towards that potential world that we seek to build, that we ask all of us to collectively acknowledge that Lansing Community College occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Anishinaabeg – Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi peoples. In particularly, the city of Lansing resides on land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.

We recognize, support, and advocate for the sovereignty of Michigan’s twelve federally-recognized Indian nations, for historic Indigenous communities in Michigan, for Indigenous individuals and communities who live here now, and for all those who have been forcibly removed from their Homelands. By offering this Land Acknowledgment, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold ourselves and the institutions we are a part of more accountable to the needs of American Indian and Indigenous peoples.

Session 1 Monday, 10:00 to 11:30

I Got A Story To Tell
(Spoken Word Poetry Reading & Workshop)

with Masaki Takahashi

Each and every one of us has a story to tell. Writer and spoken word artist Masaki Takahashi will share poetry and personal narratives, provide prompts to get you started and an opportunity to share your words. Whether your focus is on poetry, essays, lectures, or whatever, anything you think of can benefit from poetic language. No experience needed – this is the experience.

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Session 2 Monday, 11:30 to 1:00

How Standing Up Created Math Noir

with Shawn Smith

Frustrated with under-represented students struggling in mathematics, Math Noir was created to intentionally support students of color as well as any student that needs a positively amped atmosphere to study.  For a student, you will learn more about the program as well as opportunities to serve as a peer tutor.

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Session 4 Monday, 3:00 to 4:30

Life on the Streets: A Story of Hope

with Elizabeth and Nikki Clifford

Have you ever wondered why someone is homeless in Lansing? Have you ever wondered what you could do as a faculty member and student of LCC? Elizabeth and Nikki share their stories and their observations as a faculty member and as a former student, with special insight into area programs trying to bring wellness to the homeless.

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Session 5 Monday 4:30-6:00

Funny Tales and Vulnerable Truths:
Storytelling as an Interpersonal Tool

with Zakiya Minifee

Good stories paint vivid pictures within our minds and, if they’re really good, teach us a life lesson. What if stories can do so much more? In this presentation, we will focus on storytelling concepts and their ability to build sustainable relationships, both individually and amongst groups.

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Session 6 Tuesday 10 to 11:30

We Shall Overcome: Raising Our Voices

with Melissa Kaplan and Jeff Janowick

The LCC documentary, We Shall Overcome: Raising Our Voices Together, explores the message and power of this classic protest song through the artistic contributions of students and LCC staff.  We’ll watch the program and discuss how the song continues to engage the activism and optimism of our present times.

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Session 7 Tuesday 11:30 to 1:00

Plagiarism Policies Institutionalize the Logic of Slavery

with Ben C. Roy Cory Garrett

As Ben Garrett notes, “Plagiarism sucks, but not for the reasons that you have been taught…Plagiarism policies, in essence, reinforce a logic of slavery and the “right” to restrict the ownership of one’s labor.” We’ll look at institutional powers from this provocative point of view.

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