Community Guidelines

Land Acknowledgement

Though we, as individuals, may be scattered across the globe, the Center for Astrophysics and its affiliated campuses still sit on the traditional and ancestral lands of indigenous peoples. In Cambridge, these are the Massachusett and nearby Wampanoag peoples; in Arizona the O’odham, Papago, Ópata, and Sobaipuri peoples; and in Hawai'i, the Native Hawaiians who still seek federal recognition as an indigenous Nation. We recognize the painful histories that these people have endured, and understand our complicity in that history.

We know, however, that this statement alone is not enough. We encourage everyone in attendance today to familiarize yourselves with the Native peoples who originally inhabited the land on which you now work and live. We encourage you all to educate yourselves on their ongoing struggle against the colonialist structures that have so impacted their lives for centuries. We encourage you too, to seek out ways in which these peoples and cultures have survived, and the ways they have reclaimed joy.

Intent ≠ Impact

 

Lean into discomfort

 

Admit ignorance

 

Share the air

 

Step up/step back

 

Actively listen

 

Be patient

 

Give credit (*props*)

 

What’s learned here leaves here; what’s said here stays here

 

Oops/ouch!

 

Assume good intentions

 

Beware of overgeneralizing (~be precise; define terms)

 

Be mindful of your own privilege(s)

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