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Starbucks, Racism, and the Anthropological Imagination

After a series of discrimination allegations, Starbucks announced in April that it would close to eight thousand stores on May 29 to conduct racial bias training. Many applauded the multinational corporation for taking a stance against racism, while others scoffed. Anthropologists have long kept a pulse on how corporations pollute environments, depress wages, control workers, … Continue reading

The Spirit of Affirmative Action in Hollywood and Academia

First published March 21 2018 in Anthropology News. The inclusion rider reveals the informal ways in which academic diversity can be improved.   Frances McDormand finished her acceptance speech for best actress with the phrase, “I have two words to tell you all tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider.” Within hours the mainstream media clarified … Continue reading

Diversity Audited (A Short How-To Guide)

First published February 6 2018 in Anthropology News. Since the 1980s, audits have almost become mundane. They have provided means by which employers can increase efficiency and productivity, as well by which the most disenfranchised can exercise agency. With regards to the latter, documents, numbers, and benchmarks make rights visible and achievable, even if these tools … Continue reading

Advocating Professionalism or Muting Mental Health Problems?

First published November 21 2017 in Anthropology News. Academia’s Elephant in the Room A study conducted by the University of California Berkeley in 2014 found that 47 percent of graduate students showed signs of depression. Around the same time, a study published in Academic Psychiatry found this to be the case for up to one-third of graduate students at … Continue reading

Beyond the Criminal Discourse in Title IX Procedures

First published October 26 2017 in Anthropology News. On September 22, 2017, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rolled back the Title IX guidelines implemented under the Obama presidency. The shocking implications of this are too numerous for this short article, however, I want bring to the fore one key concern: changes to what constitutes as the standard of … Continue reading

The Disastrous End for DACA Students and Workers

First published September 25 2017 in Anthropology News. Early morning on September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order, issued to protect over 800,000 undocumented persons who arrived to the United States as minors from deportation and provide them with temporary work-permits. Sessions claimed … Continue reading

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