Department of Anthropology Diversity Initiative

"The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human differences."  Ruth Benedict

The Department of Anthropology is a community that includes and values the voices of all people. Our shared understanding of diversity is that it refers to human qualities that are different from our own and those of groups to which we belong, and are manifested in other individuals and groups. Our department recognizes the broad nature of diversity and seeks to be representative of as many dimensions of diversity as is possible, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, abilities, class, nationality, and other factors.

The Department of Anthropology at UMD is committed to being a place that values differences, provides equal opportunity, fosters mutual respect, challenges stereotyped preconceptions, and condemns all forms of discrimination and prejudice. We are committed to increasing the representation of those populations that have been historically marginalized and excluded from participation in U.S. higher education and anthropology, specifically. We understand that drawing upon diverse perspectives and experiences is central to creating a welcoming and rich academic, intellectual, and cultural environment for everyone.

Efforts to create and maintain a diverse and inclusive department incorporate the following goals:

  • Cultivating a culture of acceptance and inclusion in which diversity is valued and visible
  • Engaging in open dialogue on diversity issues
  • Incorporating diversity in curriculum, teaching, and other practices
  • Enhancing awareness of diversity issues through ongoing research and applied work
  • Recruiting, supporting and retaining faculty, students, and staff that represent the diversity of our community and discipline
  • Being socially responsible by training diverse students to secure employment both inside and outside of academia
  • Developing and strengthening collaborative relationships with a diverse range of on and off campus partners

We as anthropologists are uniquely positioned and committed to enacting positive change by working with marginalized groups to further their individual and community goals, facilitating understanding, and striving towards social justice.

The Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct recently shared a nondiscrimination notice espousing the University's values of respect, civility and equality. The Department of Anthropology supports and upholds these values.

Featured Student Profile

Allison Chang

Allison Chang

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Upcoming Events

Department of Anthropology Events Calendar

Past Diversity Initiative Happy Hour Discussions

Fall 2018: Book Club Discussion - The Refugees

Summer 2018: African American History and UMD Guided Walking Tour with Dean Kim Nickerson

Spring 2018: Many Voices, One Nation Exhibit Tour and Discussion

Fall 2017 Diversity Initiative Happy Hour Discussion: Open Topic

Summer 2017: Book Club

May/June 2017: Reflecting on the Murder of Lt. Collins

April 2017: Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings in Academia

March 2017: Smithsonian NMAAHC

Reflections on the NMAAHC

February 2017: Black History Month "Hidden Figures"

January 2017: Women's March

December 2016: Race in Anthropology

November 2016: Native American Heritage Month

October 2016: Frederick Douglass and Wye House

September 2016: Diversity within Diversity

August 2016: The Rio Olympics

July 2016: What Do We Do?

June 2016 Where Do We Choose to Live (Or Not to Live)?

May 2016: What Does It Mean to Be White?

April 2016: Harry Potter and Cultural Appropriation

Student and Alumni Profiles

Hannah Dale

Alex Vindaz Cruz

David Colon-Cabrera

Ana Ortez-Rivera

Christopher Foster

Megan Springate 

Mary Furlong Minkoff

Katie Geddes

Moriah James

Kathryn Putsavage

Kevin Gibbons

Maria Grenchik

Fabio Correa

Sabrina Shirazi

Adriane Michaelis

Disciplinary Dialogues

Judging Books by Their Cover: Why We Must Challenge Misrepresentations of Race and Culture on Our Text

RACE: Are We So Different

Campus Resources

Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct

LGBT Equity Center

Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity

Nyumburu Cultural Center

Counseling Center