I'm not a scientist, doctor, or public health expert. But, I am a high-risk individual with a sociology degree who delights in modern-day Emily Post-style etiquette. And right now, we have an etiquette problem.
A land acknowledgement is sharing a statement of appreciation for, and history of, the land on which you are standing. It is often done by way of a greeting or opening when welcoming people into a shared space. It grounds the engagement to come in the place itself, and often evokes feelings of gratitude and grounding.
*Let's start with the term "antiracist," since I know this term alone causes many to go on the defensive. A common thing I hear from people: "Hey, I'm not racist! Are you saying I have to be explicitly not racist or else you're going to label me racist?! That's ridiculous." First, I hear you. Truly.
Without accountability, it's easy to cite too little time, too much to do, insufficient resources, the wrong context, an initial "no", or any number of other factors as a good enough reason to not advance a goal. An accountability buddy is a free, easy, and enjoyable way to built accountability into your life.
Even though stock images are nobody's first choice, images are necessary for conveying stories, smart design, and marketing. Diverse photos aren't just about seeing people of different colors, sizes, genders, and abilities. (In fact, photos that appear to simply check these boxes are colloquially labeled "the diversity photo," which can do more harm than good at times.)
Whether it’s advice, a connection, a service, goods, recommendations, time, presence at an event, or financial support, people need things from others. It’s how we coexist and form societies and communities. And people are often very willing to give. But, how you ask matters both for immediate results and long-term implications.