The University of Colorado’s Department of Anthropology fully supports campus initiatives around racial, socioeconomic, sexual, and gender equity. We recognize the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and excellence to the forms of knowledge we create and to our educational mission. Diversity is at the core of the history and values of our field. We, therefore, seek to continue to cultivate a respectful community of scholars and students whose research can serve a diverse array of communities, locally and globally. We are a member of the American Anthropological Association and expect our departmental community to honor the AAA statement on research ethics.
In the service of this broad mission, the Department of Anthropology is specifically committed to creating the climate, infrastructure, and leadership essential to a generous and rigorous intellectual community. We understand this commitment to exist in all our spaces of collaboration from that with our research communities in the field to that with our students in the classroom, from our informal conversations in the hall to our formal meetings and agreements. We are particularly focused on improving conditions of learning and working, greater gender and racial equity in hiring and promotions, and in diversifying our faculty, staff, and graduate student community.
Climate: We know that open communication is essential to achieving our shared vision of an inclusive and excellent departmental community. In 2018, we convened a standing departmental Climate Committee to foster a respectful environment that addresses racial, sexual, economic, and gendered inequities. Ours was one of the first departments on the CU campus to develop and implement a climate survey, the result of which has critically informed our recent initiatives as well as been a model for other units around campus.
Faculty: We recognize that creating an inclusive and diverse department starts with the composition of our faculty. We see this as a core component of creating a sustainable climate of inclusivity in the department. We are proud of our record of hiring faculty over the past decade who have helped us achieve our goal of rostering diverse and excellent scholars in our discipline. Our hiring plans for the next five years plan to build on and deepen these successes through both postdoctoral fellowships and tenure-track hires.
Undergraduate and Graduate Students: We further recognize that our discipline’s and our department’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion will be reflected in our students. Thus, one of our main goals is to welcome and nurture a diverse graduate and undergraduate student body, including from historically marginalized groups in higher education. Our success will thus be in the composition, as well as the scholarship, of the next generation of anthropologists. Toward this goal, we have implemented an exit survey to our graduating seniors in order to gather feedback on how we can achieve our shared goals as a community. At the graduate level, we have held listening events and open forum to discuss issues of racism, bias, and success in academia, both in general and in our own department. Our graduate students, and especially our graduate students of color, have led the way on many of these discussions. We see this work as ongoing. We commit ourselves to building a robust future anthropology through the recruitment and retention of a new, diverse student body.