Resolution on Commitment to Safe and Equitable Work and Educational Conditions

December 22, 2015

Recent attention to gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the sciences, including the social sciences, reminds us of the importance of adhering to standards of ethical and professional behavior. Our Code of Ethics specifically states that:

To our social colleagues we have the responsibility to not engage in actions that impede their reasonable professional activities.

To our students, interns, or trainees, we owe nondiscriminatory access to our training services. 

These responsibilities are inclusive of a commitment to providing safe and equitable environments for anthropological, and more broadly social scientific, inquiry and work. Experts in the fields of gender discrimination and sexual harassment offer presentations at the Society’s annual meetings and publish in the Society’s journals. We encourage members who are interested in learning more about ways of promoting safe and equitable work and educational conditions to reach out to other Society members for information, consultation, and referrals. The Society sponsors a Topic Interest Group devoted to the study of gender-based violence, and Society members are encouraged to contact the Gender-Based Violence Topical Interest Group for 1) scholarship related to gender discrimination and sexual harassment and/or 2) instructional material to support accessible work and educational settings for all. 

Therefore, be it resolved that the Society for Applied Anthropology is committed to supporting and encouraging safe and equitable work and educational conditions for our members.



SfAA Statement on Concealed Carry Laws

March 30, 2016

The SfAA is deeply concerned about the impact of recent Concealed Carry laws on freedom of expression in university classrooms and other settings. These laws allow licensed handgun carriers to bring concealed handguns into buildings on campuses. Our society is concerned that Concealed Carry laws undermine academic freedom and the teaching and research missions of universities, and that they introduce serious safety threats on college campuses with a resulting harmful effect on students, faculty and staff. 

Please tell us what you think about "concealed carry" on college and university campuses.



SfAA Statement on Diversity and Respect

November 19, 2016

We as members of the Board of the Society for Applied Anthropology affirm our ongoing commitment to value human diversity in all its myriad forms and to encourage all of our members to provide safety and basic human rights for everyone. 

Anthropological perspective and practice are grounded in respect for all persons, civility, and thoughtful examination of ideas and policies.  It is especially critical at times of uncertainty and change.

We recognize a common responsibility to support community members who may feel threatened and to counter hostility toward immigrants and other marginalized groups.

We pledge to continue to exercise and guard academic freedoms to examine and address such issues as perpetuation of inequalities and policies that oppress or degrade.

We urge involvement of everyone in learning and working together to create positive social change, promote humane understandings, and encourage a variety of shared actions to further these goals.



 Statement on Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

August 15, 2017

The Society for Applied Anthropology strongly condemns the violence generated by racist hate groups in Charlottesville, VA. The values of SfAA include dignity, integrity, and worth of all peoples. We reaffirm our ongoing commitment to value human diversity in all its myriad forms, and we endorse the strong statement below issued by Ken Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists:

“The racist rallies and bloodshed in Charlottesville this weekend are an echo of the darkest moments in American history. Extremists took to the streets in support of a racist and authoritarian ideology. Now, we have a duty to speak out against that ideology and its consequences. The bigotry and violence that threatened Charlottesville is unacceptable. 

The torches, the chants, the weapons and the violence on display by these white supremacists were meant to send a message. They say to black and Latino communities, to immigrants and to religious minorities: you are not safe here, you do not belong here. Our leaders, and all of civil society, need to be loud and clear as they reject that message. We must stand in solidarity with those targeted by the forces of bigotry that rose in Charlottesville. We need to be on the side of equity, inclusion and justice, not racism and terror. …”

According to its founding principles of using social science knowledge and methods for the well-being for all of humanity in its diversity and fostering cross-cultural and racial understanding, the Society for Applied Anthropology strongly condemns the violent demonstrations held in Charllotteville, Virginia, USA. Such hate filled rhetoric and action directed against minorities in American Society should not be tolerated and we as social scientists will continue in our work to combat it.

Alexander (Sandy) Ervin
Society for Applied Anthropology