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The Committee on Diversity

by Ed Hagen last modified Jul 28, 2014 07:37 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

The COD sponsors an annual membership demographic survey approved and distributed by the AAPA Executive Committee.  The first of these surveys was conducted in Spring of 2014.  Look for the email each April to participate.

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 AAPA community, the committee hosts several listservs on the AAPA server as well as a facebook page.

The COD facebook page is administered by Kerry Dore and can be found at!/group.php?gid=111005358936354&ref=ts .

The main COD listserv aims 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.  The list is administered by Susan Antón and Phoebe Stubblefield. Any AAPA member may join the list at by following the instructions at:

The COD Women's Initiative (WIN) listserv aims to facilitate discussion and dissemination of information on gender equity in STEM sciences.  Any AAPA member may join the COD_WIN list at

The COD LGBTQQIAA listserv aims to facilitate discussion and dissemination of information on issues of concern to physical anthropologists in the LGBTQ community and allies.  We *think* that people should be able to join the list mostly anonymously, as long as they do not post to it but only read posts. Stephanie Meredith and Susan Antón, the list administrators, and Ed Hagen, the web administrator, can see list subscribers, but other list members should not be able to.  We are unsure whether webfaction or other folks can see these. Any AAPA member may join the COD_LGBTQQIAA list by following instructions at

The COD Anthropologists outside of Anthropology Departments, Contingent and Teaching focussed faculty (AACT) listservaims to foster effective teaching practice, focus on the special challenges inherent to being anthropologists in non-anthro departments and address the issues and concerns of contingent faculty.  Additionall the group will discuss mechanisms for developing research networks between community colleges/ undergraduate colleges (especially minority serving institutions) and scholars at research universities looking for mentees.  Any AAPA member may join the COD_AACT list by following the instructions at

Susan C. Antón and Agustín Fuentes


Committee on Diversity Co-Chairs

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