After nearly 6 months of virtual intercultural exploration, the ILI Year 4 Fellows and FamILI finally got to come together for the first of two in-person weekend intensives. Hosted by ILI partner Alternate ROOTS, this in-person learning and community experience was held at Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, North Carolina (Lumbee, Skaruhreh/Tuscarora, and Saponi Territories).
Congratulations to Year 2 ILI alum Suzy González for being included in the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A collection of all of the zines that Suzy has ever been involved in publishing are now documented at the Met!
The Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) inherently honors the Indigenous lands of the colonized United States of America specifically by examining, Who We Are, Where We Are, How We Work, and Why This Matters; the four ILI Core Questions. We recognize that this land that extends into the beautiful Pacific Islands in Hawai’i, that reaches to the north to the resource rich soil of Alaska, to the lands that encompass Central North America or Turtle Island with islands that lay in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, are and have been stewarded and held sovereign, not by the European relatives that forced their colonial power, but by multi-national Indigenous relatives who have ancient lineages that were and are still tied to these sacred lands. We acknowledge this history and honor these ancient lineages as well as those who were stolen or made to flee from their sovereign land due to colonization, genocide, or war.