The Department of Anthropology recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected many people in our community and disrupted many fundamental aspects of our personal and professional lives. We are committed to prioritizing the health and wellness of research participants, students, and faculty researchers and acting responsibly to minimize disease transmission (e.g. minimizing physical contact/physical distancing, wearing masks, washing hands frequently, etc.). We will do our part to stop the spread of the virus and, for those who do contract the virus, we support every person’s right to quality healthcare and support. We know circumstances related to the pandemic may limit normal productivity, and we approach these changes in the spirit of understanding and compassion. This department is a community, and as a community we will care for one another. The department is always available as a resource for those who need it, or as a resource to support those getting assistance from other campus organizations.
Given the circumstances of COVID-19 and social distancing orders, there is a shift in the way we meet and share information. There is a lack of privacy on given applications (e.g. Zoom) and a need to create a space for students and faculty to feel comfortable sharing work and ideas on new platforms. As a department, we will work to make these environments welcoming and inclusive. We will gather information about best learning modes and other avenues to improve online learning.