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Our Commitment to Diversity

Penn State Anthropology welcomes all people, regardless of gender, color, nationality, religion or sexual orientation. Each of our faculty can be approached personally for help or guidance, and our department can be thought of as a safe place for all people.

Diversity is not only central to anthropological research, it also benefits us all in our daily lives. Research has shown that diverse environments promote greater creativity and cognitive complexity, as well as comfort, compassion, trust, and respect. As is reflected in the Penn State College of Liberal Arts statement on Diversity and Inclusion, we strive to increase diversity and fully include members of underrepresented groups among students, staff, and faculty. We are committed to creating an inclusive departmental climate that values a broad range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives—and to cultivate these values in our students.