Provide applied learning experiences for students through collaborative, community-based
field research using medical, cultural, visual, and environmental anthropological
Engender holistic understanding of the complex social, economic, cultural, political
and environmental influences on the human experience.
Contribute to raising awareness of issues surrounding indigenous and transnational
communities in the region and cultural awareness in general.
Engage in collaborative, community-based approaches to medical, cultural, and environmental
Use quantitative and qualitative research methods, including ethnographic fieldwork,
community-based needs assessment, interviewing, focus groups, applied archaeology,
and social documentation to address long-term community interests.
Commit to partnerships between the university, students, and community aimed at regional
enhancement through collaborative research and action.
Respect the many ways of knowing and doing that we encounter in professional, civic,
and daily life.