Cultural Humility, Intersectionality, & Bias

Description of Cultural Humility

Cultural Humility is a twist on cultural competency.  First and foremost, cultural humility means not pigeon-holing people. Knowledge of different cultures and their assumptions and practices is indeed important, but it can only go so far.  Rather than assuming that all members of a culture conform to a certain stereotype, a good student leader will understand that while cultural differences will affect their interaction with individuals, each person remains an individual and should be treated as such. Cultural humility is also an important step in helping to redress the imbalance of power in individual and structural / societal relationships. Approaching each encounter with the knowledge that one’s own perspective is full of assumptions and prejudices can help one to keep an open mind and remain respectful of other people and groups.

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Recognition of Land

It is important that we recognize whose land we occupy here at Humboldt State University so we can begin to understand the impact colonization has had on our indigenous community. Ideally, we would go beyond just land recognition and start returning land to the original caretakers.  But as a starting point for understanding the imapact of colonization, we wanted to provide some potential statements you could/should share at each of your events:

• We acknowledge that the land we are gathered today to learn about [insert topic you are discussing] is unceeded territory of the Wiot people. It is surrounded by the traditional and ancestral homeland of several indigenous nations including the Hupa, Karuk, Mattole, Tolowa, Wailaki, and Yurok that make up Humboldt county.
• Today we come with respect and gratitude to the tribes. We take this opportunity to thank and honor the original care takers of this land, that continues to be cherished and protected, as elders have instructed the young through generations.

If you are in a space that is not in Humboldt County, you can find out which land you occupy by going to:

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Sample Powerpoint Slide for Land Recognition

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What Good is a Land Acknowledgement By HSU Professor Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy

What Good is a Land Acknowledgement - Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy