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).


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


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


COD International (COD-I) 


COD Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and their Allies (COD-LGBTQQIAA)


COD Transforming Anthropological and Scientific Knowledge (COD-TASK)


COD Undergraduate Research Symposium (COD-URS) 


COD Women's Initiative (COD-WIN)


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Committee members


Susan Antón

COD Chair

Agustín Fuentes

COD IDEAS Co-Chair and Steering Liaison

Ripan Malhi

COD IDEAS Co-Chair and Steering Liaison

Cara Wall-Scheffler

COD URS and Steering Liaison

Marcie Myers

COD URS Program Committee and Steering LIaison

Andrea Taylor

COD WIN Co-Chair and Steering Liaison

Robin Bernstein

COD WIN Co-Chair and Steering Liaison

Kristi L. Lewton

COD WIN Steering Liaison

Stephanie Meredith

COD LGBTQQIAA Treasurer and Steering Liaison

Evan Garafolo

COD LGBTQQIAA Steering Committee Liaison

Jessica Westin

COD AACT Co-Chair and Steering Committee Liaison

Laurie Kauffman

COD AACT Co-Chair and Steering Committee Liaison

Marilyn London

COD AACT Teaching in the 21st Century Liaison and Steering Committee Liaison

Rebecca Ackermann

COD INTERNATIONAL Co-Chair and Steering Committee Liaison

Tina Lasisi

COD INTERNATIONAL Co-Chair and Steering Committee Liaison

Deborah Bolnick

COD TASK Co-Chair and Steering Liaison

Rick Smith

COD TASK Co-Chair and Steering Liaison

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