We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

(T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets, Little Gidding (V, 239-242))

Welcome y'all to the STEM-H and Critical Digital Pedagogy track at DPL 2020!

Let's start out with a Land Acknowledgment - we are all in different locals, but acknowledging the relationship that the native peoples in our locales have to the land is important.

Since I live in Albuquerque, NM, my land acknowledgement is this...

"We live on the occupied territory of many Pueblo nations, who lived in peace with one another until the Spanish occupation, which brought with it forced conversion to Christianity as well as systematic torture and slavery. We acknowledge the role the United States of America has played in the oppression of the Pueblo peoples, even today, with restoration promises made and broken. We recognize and acknowledge the role the Pueblo peoples have had, and continue to have, as stewards and protectors of this land. We are thankful for the Pueblo elders who have provided, and continue to provide, guidance in the ongoing systematic decolonization of this land and the people who exist in direct relationship with it."

What is your land acknowledgment? If you've never done one before, a great place to start is here.

Our theme for the day is Tour and Introductions. To that end, the plan for the day is here: https://stem.dpl.online/tour. You can also find the plan for the entire week here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12WZ8dEU_1MZs-P4up7pO9fHGPgJruJQ7xdp2_nISSy0/edit?usp=sharing. This is a living, collaborative document so please feel free to edit, add to, synthesize, etc. it.

It would be awesome to introduce yourself in the "Introductions" thread on Discourse. Perhaps you could answer the following questions when you introduce yourself:

  1. Your preferred name.
  2. How did you get that name? How has it worked for you throughout your life?
  3. Your pronouns.
  4. Your role and institution or company.
  5. Why you are taking this track.

If you have any questions or need help setting anything up, please don't hesitate to ask us for help. We are available via Discourse or our school emails (csorensen@cnm.edu and aeast@cnm.edu). Rissa is also available via Twitter @RissaChem and Twitter DM.

Our goal is to provide a hospitable, safe space where we all have the space and place to be able to stretch our current pedagogical boundaries. So, again, welcome!