About Diversity & Inclusion

Land Acknowledgment Statement

The University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus wishes to acknowledge and honor the Indigenous communities who lived and took stewardship of this land. The university recognizes that this campus was built on the Indigenous homelands and resources of the Seminole, Miccosukee, and Tocobaga people as well as their ancestors going back over 10,000 years. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from their territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous people still connected to this land on which we gather. This is a call for all of us to commit to continuing to learn how to be better stewards of the land we inhabit.

This land acknowledgement was created with input from the Seminole tribe of Florida. Please feel free to use it in the classroom, on your syllabus or when introducing events on the USF St. Petersburg campus, and invite your audience to learn more about the Seminole and Miccosukee nations today. More information can be found at the links below:

Seminole Tribe of Florida

Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida