Campus Campaign: Celebrate. Engage. Inspire.
The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is celebrating anthropology and anthropologists around the world through Anthropology Day. Anthropologists are innovators and creative thinkers who contribute to every sector of society. Help us celebrate what anthropology is and what it can achieve by hosting an event on your campus.
About Anthropology Day
Anthropology Day is a day for anthropologists to celebrate and share their discipline with the public around them. Activities on campuses around the world will build enthusiasm and awareness for current and future anthropologists.
Social Hashtag: #AnthroDay
Mention AAA on Twitter (@AmericanAnthro), Instagram (@americananthro) and Facebook (American Anthropological Association) and we’ll share your posts.
How to get involved:
We welcome your participation in any capacity. The exciting part about our effort is that it requires no fundraising and focuses solely on public education and having fun with anthropology. In other words, this is a great opportunity for a class or student group to take a leadership role in raising awareness about anthropology!
Suggested activities include:
- Provide a presentation about anthropology to children in your local school
- Spark curiosity in future anthropologists! Have students in anthropology classes at your institution reach out to local schools or community organizations. While many schools may not offer anthropology classes, coordinating with social studies classes, foreign language programs, or human rights related clubs can provide great opportunities to connect students with anthropology. You could also host a film screening or book talk. Not everyone is watching or reading the latest ethnography, but there are a number of popular texts that feature anthropological themes. Find additional resources to help you set up and plan this kind of event here.
- Host an event to share the work of your Anthropology Department. This could be a lecture or brown bag lunch, a coffee house meetup, or even a happy hour event.
- Inspire your fellow students and the public to ask questions!
- Initiate an Anthropology Club led community service project
- Reach out to the local community!
- Host a field trip to your worksite or lab
- Get your peers and the public involved in what you do!
- Write an article in your campus paper about your work in anthropology
- Inspire readers to understand how anthropology is relevant to everyone!
- Start a letter writing campaign
- Contact your Representatives and let them know what is important to you! It is never too early to start advocating on behalf of your own research. The Consortium of Social Science Associations provides great resources to help groups jump start this type of campaign.
Check out this list of activities groups have done in the past for additional inspiration.
Register your event with the American Anthropological Association to receive official Anthropology Day materials by completing the registration form found on the Anthropology Day homepage. Registered groups will receive packages of fun anthro-themed swag including t-shirts, buttons, stickers, magnets, and more!
As the study of what makes us human, anthropology is “the study of us.” In other words, anthropology is the ultimate selfie!
We want to see your events! Post a selfie celebrating what anthropology means to you and mention AAA on Twitter (@AmericanAnthro), Instagram (@americananthro) or our Facebook page (AmericanAnthropologicalAssociation) using #AnthroDay. The three most creative selfies will win $100 for your anthropology club or department to spend on future activities.
Anthropology Day Campus Campaign Checklist
This checklist will help organize your successful campus event.
At Least Four Weeks before Launch
- Recruit volunteers to help implement your event
- Meet with your team to brainstorm other unique ways to promote the day
- Contact AAA with your event plans
- Reach out to local schools and community centers about holding an event
Three Weeks before Launch
- Secure date(s) and venue(s) to set up event
- Reach out to anthropologists on campus at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels who could participate, provide tours, or share their work.
Two Weeks before Launch
- Create flyers or other materials promoting the campaign. Customizable template available here.
- Email club members with a schedule of the event(s) your club will be hosting.
One Week before Launch
- Meet with your team to discuss roles and responsibilities.
- Email and share your event on social media to engage additional potential participants. Have a member of your club, group or department share why they love anthropology each day leading up to Anthropology Day. Make sure you mention AAA or use #AnthroDay.
During the Campaign
- Send campaign updates including photos of events and stories from students on campus. We will post your updates via Facebook, Twitter and the AAA blog to spotlight your activity.
- Post Anthropology Day selfies using #AnthroDay for a chance to win $100 towards your next club or department event!
After the Campaign
- Provide feedback to AAA about how campaign went, including suggestions for next year.