The Second Shore Component of SEA’s Caribbean Reef Expedition will be held at the Feather Leaf Inn, located on the west coast of St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, with field work done at many sites across the island. For each site we visit, we will offer both historical and local context prior to arrival and opportunities for discussion. Working intentionally with the local community and prior students, SEA continually learns from our experiences and as an organization is committed to being good academic partners, travelers, and allies.
SEA has worked cooperatively with local communities in the both the Atlantic and Pacific for nearly 50 years; we acknowledge the painful legacy of colonization that has included genocide, the enactment of forced assimilation, enslavement and the violent support of plantation regimes, and efforts by many to eliminate indigenous cultures. We respect and honor the Taino and Kalinago peoples along with their cultures, and the descendants of forced migrants still connected to this land. SEA faculty, staff, and students are willing to learn from the way of life which has existed in this area for nearly 15,000 years. We also recognize that words are not enough and we are committed to an ongoing effort to decolonize our curriculum and engage in antiracist practices.