Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-bias (IDEA)

The Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, stands against all forms of racism, violence, and denial of human rights in our nation and around the world. Our goal as anthropologists is to use our deep understanding of human biology and culture to end racism and to achieve social equality. We hereby make a commitment to add people with diverse backgrounds and intellectual perspectives to our field and to our department, to make all opportunities for students and scholars equitable, and to foster community activities that oppose racism and other forms of inequality.

UNM Anthropology Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-bias (IDEA) Steering Committee

The Anthropology Department has organized a steering committee to develop an action plan to promote Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-bias (IDEA) in the Anthropology Department. The committee welcomes input from students, faculty, and staff.


  • Conduct fact-finding about the departmental climate and evaluate current obstacles to IDEA

  • Identify and prioritize recommendations, actions, and policies for IDEA at the level of undergraduate education, graduate   education, faculty and staff recruitment and development

  • Develop an action plan that includes timelines and criteria for evaluation

  • Work with engaged faculty and students to follow through on implementation of the action plan

  • Assess progress on the development and implementation of action items

  • Develop a charter for a standing committee on IDEA in Anthropology to begin in Fall 2021


IDEA Resources

UNM Resources on Discrimination and Harassment

UNM and Anthropology Fellowships and Resources to Support Student Diversity