The sample statements below can help you create a more inclusive, accessible and intentional experience for your events.

Sample accessibility statement

Edit and include the following statement on announcement and other materials that promote your upcoming event:

People of all abilities are welcome and encouraged to attend all events hosted by Washington University School of Medicine. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact [DEPARTMENT NAME] at least 48 hours before the event at [DEPARTMENT PHONE] or [DEPARTMENT EMAIL].

Sample land acknowledgement statement

Land acknowledgement publicly honors the Indigenous people — past and present — who brought us where we are today. The statement below is provided by the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at Washington University. We encourage you to read this statement before your events and include it in the event program or presentation:

Washington University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Osage Nation, Missouria, Illinois Confederacy and many other tribes as the custodians of the land where we reside, occupy, and call home. We recognize their sovereignty was never ceded after unjust removal and encourage your own research on tribal removal, tribal sovereignty and the history of the land you reside. We promote the inclusion of tribal history and the incorporation of contemporary thoughts and actions into your work. In offering this land acknowledgement, we affirm and support Tribal sovereignty, history and experiences by elders past, present, and seven generations yet to come through their continued connection to this land.

Learn more about land acknowledgement on Buder Center website »
Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at Washington University