To our students:
I write on behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of Anthropology. We want you to know that we are grieving and anguished, struggling with the events of the world around us, and recognize that you are as well. We see and understand that the burdens you face right now can seem overwhelming, that academic work can seem small and meaningless in the face of a pandemic, hatred, grief, social upheaval, violence, and political and economic uncertainty.
You know from classes that while anthropologists often discuss and examine these types of events, and their vast and subtle impacts on people and societies, few among us have lived through them, especially not all at once and at ‘home’. This is unique for all of us, and for each imposes its own challenges. You also know how these events can so disproportionately impact those already marginalized and oppressed in a larger society. For our students of color, we recognize that this is an especially painful and uncertain time.
As Anthropologists, teachers, and fellow humans, we want you all to know that we are dedicated to move our society towards social justice.
We want to emphasize that we are in this together, you are not alone. We are a community. We see your struggle, and are here to help support you. Not just in a class, or a quarter, or a degree, but whenever you need us. Reach out in what may seem daunting chaos, and we will respond.
Chair, Department of Anthropology