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We acknowledge Purdue University is located on the traditional homelands of the Woodland People. We honor and appreciate these indigenous caretakers which include the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Lenape (Delaware), Myaamia (Miami), and Shawnee People.

Our experiences with COVID-19, disproportionately felt in Black, Native, Hispanic, and other communities of color and the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others have highlighted attention to the inequities that exist in our communities and at our University. Black Lives Matter.

As Anthropologists we celebrate diversity yet we acknowledge the need to be reflective about the inequities that exist within our unit and in our discipline. We recognize and call out the ways in which the history of anthropology is tied up with racist and colonialist agendas. We are committed to challenging those legacies and working towards racial and social justice for today, embedding anti-racism into all of our activities.

Our Anthropologies of Tomorrow Strategic Vision Plan for the next five years includes central attention to new and continuing efforts to address the need to decolonize Anthropology and prioritize work to forward anti-racist and anti-white supremacy strategies and curriculum in our department, our classrooms and our University. We are identifying specific concrete priority actions we can take together to advance transparency in decision making, equality, and inclusion within our unit and in the broader community.






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7/7/2021 Gender Equality in the Arctic is an international collaborative project highlighting the importance of recognition and appreciation of diversity in terms of discourses, gender, indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, governance, education, economies, social realities, sustainability, and balanced participation in leadership and decision making, both in the public and private sectors. The Phase III Arctic Gender Equality Report includes the chapter, "Empowerment and Fate Control," for which Dr. Laura Zanotti is a contributing author, along with Co-PIs Courtney Carothers and Charlene Apok.

On May 20, 2021, the Arctic Gender Equality Report was acknowledged and included in the Reykjavík Declaration 2021 that emphasized "the importance of gender equality and respect for diversity for sustainable development in the Arctic...and called for further action to advance gender equality in the Arctic." Gender was also included in the new Strategic plan of the Arctic Council, marking an important milestone as equality is considered a prerequisite of sustainable development in a future Arctic.

6/25/2021  In this video for the www.humanstories.ca series curated by Dr. Girish Daswani (Anthropology, University of Toronto), Purdue Anthropology faculty Dr. Dada Docot speaks about the carceral and inherited colonial logics surrounding government and public responses to the #CommunityPantryPH mutual aid movement in the Philippines. 

5/19/2021  Rachel Small (Majoring in Anthropology and Communication, Minoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies) was awarded first place prize at the Purdue Undergrad Research Conference in the category of Archival Presentations for her research talk, "White Feminist Icons: An Intersectional Case Study on Amelia Earhart"!

5/14/2021  Anthropology major Sarah Coon was nominated for the Beinecke Scholarship! The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 and seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Congratulations, Sarah!


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