The Task Force on Race and Racism was created in 2012 to document and address the ways in which race and racism affect anthropologists of color and the discipline in general. The Task Force convenes a diverse representation of anthropologists to develop strategies for implementing the recommendations of the 2010 Committee on Race & Racism. The Task Force acts as an advisory body to the AAA Executive Board and will provide recommendations annually to the Board. The Task Force aims to contribute to a more diverse and inclusive discipline by encouraging students, faculty, and institutions to engage policies and practices that address diversity in substantive ways. The primary objectives of the Task Force are as follows:
- Work to develop a survey instrument to measure and analyze the current status of racialized anthropologists in the profession with sections, committees and others groups.
- Work with the AAA staff to develop and maintain a website that will serve as a central place for information about and links to AAA publications, committees, task forces, pertinent sections, internships, mentoring, grant programs that have to do with race and racism in anthropology. We envision this to become a permanent and ongoing project.
- Suggest specific policies and practices to implement the recruitment of students of color through new or existing pipeline programs, summer programs, or internships.
- Work with sections to increase recruitment in subfields such as biological anthropology and archeology where racialized groups are severely underrepresented.
- Serve as a source of information for students, faculty, and interested parties to learn about initiatives directed at students and faculty of color in anthropology.
- Final Report Commission on Race and Racism in Anthropology (2010)