Graduate Diversity Recruitment Weekend

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Graduate Diversity Recruitment Weekend event sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and Department of Geography, Environment and Society (GES) at the University of Minnesota.

Event date: September 26 - September 28, 2018

Location: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus

Selected participants will meet with individual department faculty in their areas of interest, learn about Minnesota’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. structure by facilitated meetings with appropriate faculty in other departments, get a sense of life as graduate students and of each other as potential future colleagues, participate in department events, such as joint colloquia, reading groups, workshops; and sit in on graduate seminars.

This Graduate Diversity Recruitment Weekend is designed for individuals who are historically under-represented in Anthropology and GES graduate programs and who are interested in learning about graduate training in these departments at the University of Minnesota. This program will feature a coordinated set of formal and informal experiences designed to familiarize participants with strategies for constructing successful graduate school applications, and to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about the experience of graduate education in our departments.

Individuals who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Participants who are enrolled in a college or university as a junior or senior, or who have graduated within the last two years (i.e., 2016 or thereafter). Individuals currently enrolled in a terminal masters-level graduate program also are eligible.
  • Participants who identify as a member of groups historically under-represented in graduate training in these fields, including members of ethnic and racial minority groups, and participants who are first-generation college students or graduates.
  • Participants who are committed to pursuing doctoral training through the Department of Anthropology in one of our programs of research: Anthropological archaeology, Biological Anthropology, or Socio-cultural Anthropology.
  • Participants who are committed to pursuing doctoral training through the Department of Geography, Environment and Society in one of our programs of research: Dendrology, Geographic Information Science(GIS) or Human Geography.

The costs of transportation and lodging will be covered for applicants selected to participate in this program. Interested individuals who are eligible to apply for this opportunity to visit the University on September 26-28, 2018, are required to provide the following information and materials:

Please note that this application does require you to sign in to your google account to complete. If you do not have a google account, please contact anth-ges@umn.edu to obtain individual access to the form that does not require a google account sign-in.

    • description of your educational and career objective;
    • personal statement (see Graduate Diversity Recruitment Weekend Application Personal Statement Guidelines);
    • copy of the applicant’s transcripts (an unofficial copy will suffice);
    • copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae or resumé.


  • A brief statement from a faculty member familiar with the applicant must also be sent electronically to anth-ges@umn.edu.


The deadline for receipt of these materials is July 15, 2018. Applications will be reviewed over the following weeks and selection notifications will be sent in August.

Applicants are encouraged to review the graduate program areas, including faculty profiles, prior to submitting their applications. For more information about the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, please see https://cla.umn.edu/anthropology/graduate. For information about the Department of Geography, Environment and Society, visit https://cla.umn.edu/geography/graduate


Please direct any questions about Graduate Diversity Recruitment Weekend to anth-ges@umn.edu.


The Department of Anthropology and the Department of Geography, Environment & Society embrace the University of Minnesota's position that promoting and supporting diversity among the student body is central to the academic mission of the University.

We affirm the mission, policies, and practices articulated by the University of Minnesota Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and the Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity.

For more on the Graduate School's commitment to diversity, please see the Graduate School's diversity statement that includes the University of Minnesota's mission statement.

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota has committed itself to ongoing conversation and action to engage issues of diversity, economic and social justice, inclusion, and decolonization in its intellectual life, including its curriculum, the constitution of its student body, and its hiring decisions. Anthropology is complexly situated in relation to these questions. On the one hand, the discipline’s history is intertwined with eugenics, collaborations with colonial systems, and racialized evolutionary schemes that used forms of human difference to justify dispossession and violence. On the other, anthropological theories and methods have been central in demonstrating the complexity of human diversity, the importance of interrogating uneven power relations, and the possibilities that a comparative perspective offers for imagining a more just and inclusive world. All of this applies not least to the designation “human” itself, which is not only the outcome of specific cultural, historical, and political processes, but also a designation that has been understood and applied in often radically different ways by many of the people anthropologists write about. A commitment to diversity on anthropology’s part must thus entail a willingness to continuously re-open the question of what it means, or could mean, to be human.

As a department, we insist on carrying the full load of these histories as we inquire into how they have impacted the world around us, including our own discipline. We recognize that this requires more than simply increasing the representation of minoritized people in our student and faculty bodies and in our curriculum. Rather it demands that we ask fundamental questions about the assumptions we carry from our disciplinary history, and about the inequities produced and sustained by the production and dissemination of anthropological knowledge, by economic and labor arrangements both inside and outside the academy, and by the framing of our research questions past and present. We seek to foster an engaged intellectual community that learns from and contributes to conversations about similarity and difference, hierarchy and inequality across multiple and intersecting socially significant categories such as race, class, ethnicity, culture, gender, religion, sexuality, national origin, and language. We further recognize that these perspectives impact all elements of our work as a university department: teaching, research, service, and community engagement.

The Department of Geography, Environment & Society embraces the University of Minnesota's position that promoting and supporting diversity among the student body is central to the academic mission of the University. A diverse student body enriches education by providing a multiplicity of views and perspectives that enhance research, teaching, and the development of new knowledge. A diverse mix of students promotes respect for, and opportunities to learn from, others with the broad range of backgrounds and experiences that constitute modern society. Higher education trains the next generation of leaders of academia and society in general, and such opportunities for leadership should be accessible to all members of society.

The Department of Geography, Environment & Society at the University of Minnesota is therefore committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities through recruitment, admission, and support programs that promote diversity, foster successful academic experiences, and cultivate the leaders of the next generation.

Please email anth-ges@umn.edu for any questions related to this event.