Land and Labor Acknowledgements

Land Acknowledgement (adapted from

In the spirit of supporting and fostering learning through the generation and sharing of knowledge, the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences would like to acknowledge that the land where the University of Louisville exists is the original homeland of the Shawnee, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Osage tribal nations. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we gather. 

Labor Acknowledgement (adapted from Dr. Terah ‘TJ’ Stewart “On Labor Acknowledgements and Honoring the Sacrifice of Black Americans” from

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences acknowledges that the economic growth, and development throughout history and across time, has been made possible by the labor of enslaved people, primarily of African descent who provided exploited labor on which this country was built, with little to no recognition. In particular, enslaved Africans and their ascendants suffered the horror of the transatlantic trafficking of their people, chattel slavery, and Jim Crow. We are indebted to their labor and their sacrifice, and we must acknowledge the tremors of that violence throughout the generations and the resulting impact that can still be felt and witnessed today.