The Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University is committed to a establishing a community that embraces and supports individuals from all racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability, and nationality groups in their chosen pursuits.
In 2012, the Diversity Committee prepared the following resources for the Department of Anthropology:
Women Faculty in the Department of Anthropology. Like academics in many fields, women anthropologists face different career issues and challenges than do their male colleagues. The most important resource available to women in Anthropology at TAMU is the strength, creativity and passion of the women who make up a large proportion of the Department. Students and staff should not hesitate to bring questions or concerns about women’s issues to the attention of our faculty.
In addition, the following campus organizations support diversity-related issues:
- Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity. The Mission of the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity is to facilitate, coordinate, advance, amplify, inform, and monitor the University and its many units as we develop our strength in – and evidence of – respect for diversity. Among other things, this office organizes diversity workshops, including the new Difficult Dialogues program.
- ADVANCE Center for Women Faculty The Center is strongly committed to faculty diversity and the further implementation of university policies that promote gender equity. The Texas A&M ADVANCE program is an interdisciplinary collaboration among departments in STEM fields of study (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and is funded by the National Science Foundation. The ADVANCE Center is guided by the American Psychological Association’s evidence-based Psychologically Healthy Workplace (PHW) practices. The Center is focused on creating a better workplace for everyone by promoting faculty growth and development, health and well-being, involvement, recognition, and work-life balance.
- Women in Science and Engineering is an organization of women in the Colleges of Science and Engineering. WISE organizes a conference on women’s issues in science and higher education each February.
- Texas A&M University Faculty and Staff Networks that Promote Diversity, including
- Women’s Faculty Network
- Black Faculty Alliance
- Christian Faculty Network
- Friends of India Network
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Professional Network
- International Faculty and Scholars Network
- Jewish Faculty Network
- Mexican American/Latino Faculty Association
- Muslim Faculty Network
- Aggie Allies is a network of faculty, staff and students on campus who offer a “a safe haven, a listening ear, and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people or anyone dealing with sexual orientation issues”
The following is a list of relevant organizations within the discipline of anthropology:
- COSWA (Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology) is a committee of the American Anthropological Association which monitors gender equity in Anthropology. COSWA also sponsors roundtable luncheons and other events at the annual Society for American Archaeology meetings. Updates of women’s issues in the SAA are published in the COSWA Corner column in the SAA Bulletin, or on the SAA web site.
More resources will be added soon.