The Department of Anthropology and Geography actively participates in community outreach to educate the public about the importance of our work, give our current students opportunities to participate in educational experiences, and develop relationships with our community at CSU, in Fort Collins, and throughout Colorado.
“Speaking Anthropology” Trunk Show
The department recently received funding to develop and launch the “Speaking Anthropology” Trunk Show. In an effort to increase awareness and foster interest in the discipline of Anthropology, the department is developing a program to reach high-school students, parents, transfer students, and existing majors to demonstrate that anthropology offers practical training applicable to a variety of industries. The Trunk Show is still under development, but has hosted high school visits on campus and participated in the Western Stock Show. The funding is also supporting two undergraduate student interns who have been tasked with leading focus groups, conducting research, and to assist in the development of educational programming.
Elementary School Science Nights
The Department of Anthropology often collaborates with local elementary schools to provide education and activities during their annual science nights. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce anthropology to the young minds of our community.
In many cases, the emphasis on making knowledge accessible takes the form of publications that reach broader publics. For example, there are new and emerging journals such as SAPIENS or Anthropology Now that reach non-specialists with interesting questions and takeaways based on anthropological research.
As part of his work in Vietnam and Laos, Geography Professor Leisz has engaged Province, District, and Commune level officials in discussing the drivers of local changes that are on-going. These efforts have included organizing participant discussions on new issues facing local communities and outreach efforts have led to insights regarding how land use and local livelihoods are changing. It is hoped that through co-research like this, local concerns will be able to be heard by higher-level policy makers.