"Land does not require that you confirm it exists or that it has been stolen, rather that you reciprocate the care that it has given to you."
Joseph Pierce, Cherokee Nation citizen, associate professor of Latin American and Indigenous Studies, State University of New York at Stonybrook
If you are joining the 2023 NASPA Annual Conference in person, your presence in this place, now known as Boston, should be coupled with the labor and context of how you came to occupy this place, and your relationship with and to this land. If you are joining the NASPA Virtual Experience, the same work can and should take place with regard to the place where you live and learn.
We encourage you to situate yourself in this labor, and to know that who you are, in relation to where you are, is a vital cognizance. We invite you to sit with this, so that as you progress in both your professional and personal journey towards knowing, you do not exacerbate harm, and instead build your foundation in humility and empathy.