Striving Towards Diversity

The members of the Gender and Minority Affairs Committee seek diversity so that the membership of the Society for Historical Archaeology mirrors that of our population in general. We seek diversity as a step towards social justice and an anti-racist, nonsexist, and equal organization. A diverse SHA is only possible if we address structural issues, such as unequal access to education, professional opportunities, healthcare, transportation, and childcare — those issues that continue to maintain SHA’s membership and officers as predominately white, male, heterosexual, and middle class. The mission of seeking diversity involves all historical archaeologists and should be on our collective radars as we work to see our discipline and organization grow and become more socially relevant.

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“Offering Semaa,” Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, Photo by
Katelyn Hillmeyer


The Gender and Minority Affairs Committee was established as a means to ensure that issues relevant to under-represented members of the Society are given all due consideration in Society deliberations.  The Committee strives to foster the growth of a diverse organization and work toward equity across gender, ethnic, physical characteristics and abilities, and class lines.

Goals of the GMAC
Long- and Short-Term Plans for the GMAC
GMAC Conference Events
Diversity Photo Competition Awards
Diversity Field School Competition Awards