Oxnard College’s 2021 Educational Masterplan shares guiding principles that reflect our values. These principles are the foundational landscape from which all our efforts emerge. Among them is a student-first approach, environmental stewardship, safety and wellness, fiscal stewardship, excellence, collaborative and transparent leadership as well as social justice & equity and civic engagement. These latter two principles are defined as:
Social justice and equity. Acknowledging the historical context of exclusion in higher education, we accept the responsibility to make our college a model of access and inclusivity. We will:
cultivate a welcoming culture that recognizes the advantages diversity brings to our classrooms and offices,
harness our experiences as a Hispanic Serving Institution to equitably deliver resources and support to all underserved and marginalized students, and
empower all underserved populations to achieve full potential.
Civic engagement. We recognize the responsibility to prepare students to become active and constructive participants in their communities and in our democratic republic. So, we will encourage and model civic engagement.
A Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes the unique and enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.
Why do we recognize land?
To recognize the land is an expression of gratitude and appreciation to those whose territory you reside on and a way of honoring the Indigenous people who have been living and working on the land from time immemorial. It is important to understand the long-standing history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history. Land acknowledgments do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation. It is also worth noting that acknowledging the land is Indigenous protocol.
How to use this statement?
Campus Stakeholders are encouraged to use the suggested acknowledgment version listed below and that the acknowledgement take place at the beginning of the event:
Oxnard College Land Acknowledgement Sample Statement:
“We pause to acknowledge all local indigenous peoples, including the Chumash, Gabrielino, and Tongva, who inhabited this land. We embrace their continued connection to this region and thank them for allowing us to live, work, learn, and collaborate on their traditional homeland. Let us now take a moment of silence to pay respect to their elders and to all the indigenous people of our region, past and present.”
Oxnard College Social Justice Resources
The Associated Students of Oxnard College, understand that these are challenging times. Please utilize our resources and remember that you can also reach out to the Student Health Center, Counseling.