In light of recent policy and personnel changes in the United States, the GVSU Department of Anthropology makes the following statement affirming our commitment to inclusion, diversity and justice as derived from our discipline’s core values:
We reaffirm our commitment to all students, faculty, and staff, recognizing and celebrating diversity in terms of ethnicity, nationality, disability, sex, religion, gender identity and expression, immigration status, appearance, political affiliation and veteran status.
We affirm our commitment to the larger community where we live and work and especially our community partners and the work they do protecting and preserving nature and culture, educating our population, and assisting refugees as they start new lives in West Michigan. We especially stand with those on the margins of our society, who need the most understanding, help and support.
Elizabeth Arnold - daughter, sister, wife, mother and associate professor of anthropology
Erica Begun - woman, mother, artist, ally, visiting professor of anthropology
Jan Brashler - daughter, sister, exchange student mother, professor of anthropology
Kristin Hedges - mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, assistant professor of anthropology
Tara Hefferan - mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, affiliate professor of anthropology
Wesley Jackson - husband, father, son, supervisor of the anthropology lab
Gwyn Madden - mother, daughter, associate professor
Angela Reed - mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, part-time professor of anthropology
Russell Rhoads - father, son, partner, citizen, associate professor
Mark Schwartz - associate professor
Chris Shaffer - son, partner, brother, friend, assistant professor of anthropology
Heather VanWormer - daughter, sister, aunt, friend, volunteer, traveler, associate professor of anthropology
Deana L. Weibel - mother, wife, daughter, associate professor and chair of anthropology
Michael Wroblewski - husband, father, assistant professor of anthropology
For more information on our university’s position, and background to our discipline and its position, please follow these links:
Anthropology is the study of humans. The sub-fields within anthropology are Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and Linguistics. Anthropology as a discipline teaches/promotes:
Anthropological perspectives provide students with unique abilities to contribute to standard job skills such as: diversity sensitivity, management, interviewing techniques, research/program design, statistical/survey techniques, teaching/training, communication.