Anthropology club members do a mock excavation

Anthropology Club President

Miami University

2016-2017

As president of the Anthropology Club for the 2016-2017 academic year, I planned numerous events, promoted the anthropology department on social media, and worked to promote anthropology on campus.

The main leadership goals were the following:

  1. Increase campus engagement with anthropology
  2. Improve club attendance and involvement on campus
  3. Help students to explore anthropology outside of the classroom
  4. Provide career and graduate school related information and training

The 2016-2017 academic year saw a dramatic improvement in attendance and student engagement with club activities. For the 2015-2016 academic year, club attendance averaged 2-3 people at each meeting. For the 2016-2017 academic year, we had an average attendance of 8-10 people at each meeting, and 10-15 people at each special event. The department had on average 80-100 students majoring in anthropology.

In addition to special events and club meetings, I also began an initiative to promote Anthropology Club members' research, study abroad experiences, and post-graduation plans.

Leadership Outcomes

students excavating a mock dig
Students excavate a mock dig as part of the first Archaeology Day celebrations

This leadership experience had four primary outcomes:

  1. Increased club attendance: went from 2-3 people per meeting in 2015-2016 to 8-10 per meeting, and 10-15 at special events.
  2. First successful Archaeology Day mock-dig
  3. Beginning of an initiative to promote Anthropology Club members' experiences
  4. Club Events, such as: graduate school preparation panel, Archaeology Day, trip to the Cincinnati Museum Center, Spring Internship and Career Expo preparation event, World Anthropology Day celebration, guest speakers, and a trip to Jungle Jim's International Market
students pose in Anthro Day tshirts with artifacts and bone clones
Students at the tables set up for Anthropology Day in the center of campus