Additional Resources for the 48th Annual Celebration

The Importance of Land Acknowledgement

A best practice observed at events hosted by our colleges is to acknowledge the indigenous peoples who lived on the land before us and whose descendants still live here with us today. Dr. Betsy Hasegawa explains the importance of land acknowledgements in the video below.

As Dr. Hasegawa mentions in the video, a land acknowledgement can be fairly straightforward or more elaborate. We use the following as a standard.

On behalf of Seattle Colleges, we acknowledge the land on which we stand today as the traditional home of the Coast Salish people, the traditional home of all tribes and bands within the Duwamish, Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations. Without them, we would not have access to this gathering and to this dialogue. We take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land who are still here.


Q&A with Dr. Matias Valenzuela

A special guest for our event is Matías Valenzuela, PhD, the Director of Equity and Community Partnerships for Public Health—Seattle & King County. The video below includes a more in-depth discussion with Dr. Valenzuela and our three associate vice presidents for equity, diversity, and inclusion, D'Andre Fisher, North Seattle College; Dr. Betsy Hasegawa, South Seattle College; and Dr. Valerie Hunt, Seattle Central College..

Additional Events

  • Districtwide Book Reading and Discussion: When They Call You a Terrorist, a Black Lives Matter Memoir
    Co-sponsored by District Faculty Development, All Campus Libraries, NSC Teaching & Learning Center, and Offices of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Student Leadership Offices.
    Check your campus library for discussion dates. 
  • Webinar: Hot Topics — Public Health, This is Your Shot!
    Presented by The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
    Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. PT
    Learn more and register.