A global society demands constant attention to issues of social diversity and change. No other discipline can match the holistic vision of anthropology, which studies all aspects of the human condition across space and time, whether cultural, material, biological, linguistic and philosophical.
Anthropology’s relevance is more vital today than ever before. Your support will improve our ability to continue addressing the biggest questions of our time: How are humans affecting the planet? Are our political and economic systems just and sustainable? What lessons can we learn from our past to help us co-create a better future? How can we prepare new generations to engage an increasingly complex world with intelligence, insight, and compassion?
Your Gifts at Work
“There’s a reason why Michigan Anthropology is one of the top programs in the country. And if we invest in our undergrads [through programs like AUGMENT] and help them successfully continue their studies at other institutions, that’s only going to build on that Michigan legacy. That’s the Michigan Difference.”
-Kara Larson, AUGMENT graduate mentor
Contributions to the Anthropology Strategic Fund are extraordinarily important to the continuing success and growth of the department. These gifts make it possible to meet unexpected needs and respond to opportunities, including organizing timely and thought-provoking conferences and events, ensuring our technology remains state-of-the-art, funding innovative research by our undergraduate and graduate students, and supporting the activities of our student-led organizations that provide professional development and fellowship for our scholars. Gifts of any size are appreciated.
The Anthropology Undergraduate-Graduate Mentoring Program (AUGMENT) was founded in 2020 by a group of committed graduate students and is designed to guide and empower underrepresented undergraduates who are interested in pursuing an education in anthropology, both majors and non-majors. AUGMENT matches undergraduates with a graduate student mentor with similar interests, similar experiences, or a similar background -- giving them someone to turn to for help navigating the anthropology program and the university as a whole.
International students often face unique challenges that can be difficult to navigate and overcome, such as acclimating to life in a new country and successfully completing the necessary immigration paperwork and requirements. The Michigan International Student Anthropology Association (MISAA) was formed to provide an inclusive and welcoming community for these students and to act as a representative for their needs and concerns to the department and relevant university administration. Gifts to this fund support MISAA's activities and work to mobilize resources to address both common hurdles and unforeseen emergencies that students may face.
Thank you for supporting Anthropology!