We acknowledge the traditional homelands of the Indigenous People which Purdue University is built upon. We honor and appreciate the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Lenape (Delaware), Myaamia (Miami), and Shawnee People who are the original Indigenous caretakers. 

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In our Anthropologies of Tomorrow (AOT) signature approach, diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are fundamental to all aspects of departmental life. We focus on teaching and learning about crucial issues facing our world, building capacity for addressing issues, and preparing students for professional careers. With a public service mission, we feature an exciting interface between students, faculty, practitioners, and community partners, provide enriching educational opportunities and pathways to success with innovative training for addressing global grand challenges. 

Our priority to decolonize and transform our discipline and institution is critical to strengthening our department and forging a path forward. Since 2020 we have been impacted in many disparate ways, we have experienced illness, loss, anger, and outrage over racial injustice, recommitted ourselves to action on equity, anti-racist and justice issues, experienced economic hardships, increased caregiving responsibilities, much worry and concern individually and collectively and attended with compassion to the increased needs of students. 

Our scholarly work as anthropologists was disrupted with the COVID-19 related shutdowns, laboratory, and travel restrictions. We have been working to support our local and research communities many of whom have been disproportionately impacted. Black Lives Matter. We are grateful to be finding new ways to do our work, teach and engage on racial and social justice issues and push forward anti-racist policies and practices for our unit. We have been developing new tools, resources, practices, and approaches for our classrooms. 

Purdue has experienced record growth in enrollments this year and national recognition for innovative improvements in affordability, curriculum, campus life, technology, and facilities as well as the comprehensive Protect Purdue Plan to keep campus open and operational during the pandemic. This fall, we are excited to join in a broad search for more than 40 new faculty members across the College of Liberal Arts. We are currently advertising for a new Assistant Professor of Practice in Applied Anthropology who will help develop career-ready and practice-ready Anthropology graduates.  We are also searching for two additional Assistant Professors of Anthropology who will contribute to our developing science and technology focus; all three will help further interdisciplinary collaborations. These positions offer the distinctive opportunity to strengthen our program and to be a change agent in our university, discipline, and larger communities.

We are looking forward to joining in the new Purdue's Next Moves campaign launched in Spring semester of 2021. This initiative is led by the Office of the Provost and the Division of Diversity and Inclusion with campus-wide implementation to increase representation, experience, and success for Black students, faculty, and staff on our West Lafayette campus. More broadly, across these spheres we see diversity, equity, and inclusion interweaving in all aspects of the work that we do.





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