When trying to create a welcoming, inclusive classroom, instructors may want to include a diversity statement and a land acknowledgment statement on their syllabi. We provide examples of each here for your benefit. Instructors may also want to read more about universal design and accessible syllabi, and also about diversifying their reading lists.

Insofar as they are both invitations to learn more and calls to action, such statements should be meaningfully aligned with the syllabus and class activities; otherwise, they could come across as merely performative gestures. With regard to land acknowledgements in particular, it might be helpful to ask oneself why one wishes to include the acknowledgement, and whether and how it is related to a larger practice of disrupting ongoing settler colonial violence. A land acknowledgement comes with a responsibility for instructors to have a clear sense of how they are personally positioned (most often as settlers) in relation to the territory and to inform themselves about its specific history.

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