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GVSU Department of Anthropology Affirmation of Inclusion

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

Barbie Young

 

For more information on our university’s position, and background to our discipline and its position, please follow these links:

Majors/Minors

GVSU Anthropology

Faculty/Staff

Field School

Scholarships

Research

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:

  • holism - the concept that all aspects of human behavior are interrelated and important in understanding what it means to be human,
  • cross-cultural analyses - to understand the wide range of diversity in human behavior in order to eliminate prejudice and bias,
  • human diversity  - uses a variety of methods to observe and measure the range of human behavior and culture,
  • problem solving - using Applied Anthropology to assess and solve social problems.

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.

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