The University campus is located on Indigenous land, and it is important that staff, students, and faculty understand the significance of observing protocols in recognizing the traditional custodians of the land at university events and ceremonies. It demonstrates the respect the university has for the Chumash people, the history and culture of the community, and all Native Americans as America’s First Peoples.
We acknowledge the Chumash people, who are the traditional custodians of this land. We also like to pay respect to Elders both past and present, as well as other Indigenous people present. We are proud to continue their tradition (today/with this event) of coming together and growing as a community.