What Does Diversity and Inclusion Mean?

We need an emic approach to creating more inclusive departments. First published February 7 2019 in Anthropology News. In December 2018, I called the founder of a diversity management organization to ask about a meeting where he pitched a university diversity research center to a white male faculty member. While the meeting generally went well, […]

Diversity Audited (A Short How-To Guide)

First published February 6 2018 in Anthropology News. Since the 1980s, audits have almost become mundane. They have provided means by which employers can increase efficiency and productivity, as well by which the most disenfranchised can exercise agency. With regards to the latter, documents, numbers, and benchmarks make rights visible and achievable, even if these tools […]

Advocating Professionalism or Muting Mental Health Problems?

First published November 21 2017 in Anthropology News. Academia’s Elephant in the Room A study conducted by the University of California Berkeley in 2014 found that 47 percent of graduate students showed signs of depression. Around the same time, a study published in Academic Psychiatry found this to be the case for up to one-third of graduate students at […]

The Disastrous End for DACA Students and Workers

First published September 25 2017 in Anthropology News. Early morning on September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, issued to protect over 800,000 undocumented persons who arrived to the United States as minors from deportation and provide them with temporary work-permits. Sessions claimed […]