Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, and Equity

Mission statement

The department of anthropology sees an immediate need for action to advance diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice movements. We acknowledge the inequities and discrimination that have pervaded U.S. higher education and we acknowledge the colonial and racist past and present of our discipline. Within this framework, we realize the need to provide an enriching and inclusive learning experience for our students that allows them to be their complete selves and fulfill their goals and aspirations. Further, as a land-grant institution, it is our responsibility to be publicly engaged and educate and interact with our community and beyond.

To effectively achieve these goals, we are reflecting on and re-framing how we present course materials, as well as how we engage with our own research topics, collaborators and the public. We are committed to advancing an educational and working environment that recognizes and welcomes the strengths and individual experiences of members of our community. We aim to embrace our intersectional identities that include (but are not limited to) BIPOC, social race, undocumented/DACAmented, language, first-generation students, LGBTQIA+, ethnicity, religion, gender, ability status, veteran status, pregnancy/parental status and socioeconomic status.

This page will document the work we are undertaking and provide resources for research, engagement, general information, and events. Please check back often to see what we are doing and how we are working to engage with students, our community and the discipline in meaningful ways to enact social and academic change in terms of diversity, inclusion, justice and equity. Please hold us to account while we work toward these goals.

Land acknowledgement statement

The University of Nevada, Reno is a land-grant based institution situated on the homelands of the Numu (Northern Paiute), Wašiw (Washoe), Newe (Western Shoshone), and Nuwu (Southern Paiute) peoples who continue to occupy and engage with their homelands through ceremony, culture, and stewardship.

Details of efforts