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!  

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).


Demographic Reports

COD Undergraduate Research Symposium

COD Increasing Diversity in Evolutionary Anthropological Sciences (COD-IDEAS) 


COD Women’s Initiative (COD-WIN)

COD Anthropologists outside of Anthropology Departments, Contingent and Teaching focused faculty (AACT) 

COD International Scholars  

Annual reports of the Committee on Diversity 

News and Announcements 

STAY Connected

Committee Members 

Agustín Fuentes


Ripan Malhi


Susan Antón (Steering Committee Member for COD IDEAS)

Cara Wall-Scheffler (Steering Committee Member for COD UGRS)

Marcie Meyers(Steering Committee Member for COD UGRS)

Andrea Taylor (Steering Committee Member for COD WIN)

Robin Bernstein (Steering Committee Member for COD WIN)

Stephanie Meredith (Steering Committee Member for COD LGBTQQIAA)

Jessica Westin (Steering Committee Member for COD AACT)

Laurie Kauffman (Steering Committee Member for COD AACT)

Marilyn London (Steering Committee Member for COD AACT)

Fabian Crespo (Steering Committee Member for COD INTERNATIONAL)

Committee members

Susan Antón


Agustin Fuentes

Steering committee COD IDEAS

Ripan Malhi

Steering committee COD IDEAS

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