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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity

Durham University, like other universities, seeks to encourage and support diversity and engender an environment in which people are treated fairly and given equal opportunities to succeed. Anthropology, as a discipline, has long recognised the inherent inequalities that are reproduced and maintained across different cultures. Those inequalities can be based on gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity or other social and cultural classifications. Systemic inequalities pose particular challenges to addressing historic discrimination because the issue may not be rooted in the malicious intent of individuals, but rather may be reproduced by entirely well meaning individuals who are behaving in ways that are rewarded and reinforced through social and cultural structures. The Department of Anthropology is committed to implementing the principles espoused by Durham University and promoted by organisations like the Equality Challenge Unit. We understand that this can entail uncomfortable self scrutiny and requires humility and the willingness to admit and act on structures and behaviours that erect or maintain barriers to success of the people who make up our community.

Equality Challenge Unit - Athena SWAN Charter

Anthropology holds a Gender Equality Charter Mark Bronze Award.