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The Committee on Diversity

by Ed Hagen last modified May 01, 2013 12:52 PM

The Committee on Diversity began as an ad-hoc committee in 2006 and was incorporated into the AAPA bylaws as a standing committee in 2011.  The committee’s mission is:

  • To assess student and faculty diversity in the AAPA and U.S. programs of physical/biological anthropology.
  • To serve as an umbrella organization within the AAPA to develop programs that increase the recruitment, participation and retention of diverse scholars within the field of physical/biological anthropology. 
  • To advocate for diversity within the membership, programs, committees and leadership of the AAPA. 


The committee serves as the umbrella organization for several specific interest and activity groups.  These groups are self-organizing and their constituents identify a member to act as part of the advisory committee of the Committee on Diversity.  To date these groups include those related to issues concerning: women scholars; LGBTQ scholars; international and indigenous scholars; underrepresented minority scholars; URM funding; AAPA membership survey; undergraduate research symposium.  Volunteers and ideas for new groups welcome.  Please contact one of us at the addresses below.

Because an early survey of U.S. programs of physical/biological anthropology indicated a diversity bottleneck at the transition from undergraduate to graduate programs, the committee sponsors a yearly Committee on Diversity Undergraduate Research Symposium.  This poster session is held on the Wednesday evening of the AAPA meetings.  All undergraduates are eligible to participate.  Abstracts are due in February.  Specifics are in the yearly ‘Call for Papers’ and inquiries may be directed to Dr. Cara Wall-Scheffler at

In pursuit of our mission, the committee sponsors other workshops and mixers at the AAPA annual meetings and holds its yearly organizational meeting during the AAPA meetings as well.  All AAPA members are welcome at these events.  For information, please see the yearly AAPA program volume, email one of us and join the listserv (see below).

To facilitate communication about C.O.D. events, and to gain greater input from the community at large, the committee hosts an AAPA affiliated listserv administered by Phoebe Stubblefield.  The main objectives of the list are: to facilitate discussion on topics of diversity within physical anthropology, to build connections and mentoring relationships among physical anthropologists from underrepresented groups as well as those members interested in diversity in the field, and to provide a forum for all members of the AAPA interested in such discussions.  Any AAPA member may join the list.

TO JOIN THE LIST: send an email to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU. This email should have no subject, and in the body please write: SUB UND-AAPAUNDER-REP@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU Full Name.   If you use an automatic signature, please be sure to delete it before sending commands. Once subscribed, the list will send the new subscriber some basic instructions.

Susan C. Antón and Agustín Fuentes


Committee on Diversity Co-Chairs

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