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The Anthropology Program is complying with guidance provided by President Noelle Cockett to practice social distancing in order to arrest the spread of COVID-19. Consequently, Anthropology faculty and staff are mostly working remotely as we continue through the rest of the semester. Although the COVID-19 crisis has forced us to adapt how we work, we are all still here even if not actually in our offices. Please continue to contact your faculty members as you would normally through their email addresses.

The Anthropology Program is dedicated to facilitating a valuable and quality experience for you during your USU education. As a faculty, we value your well-being and will work with you to accomplish your goals. We value the individual interactions and guidance we can give each of you as you find your career path in anthropology. Ongoing communication and flexibility will be maintained throughout the academic year.

 If you need advising, feel free to contact Kaden Dearing, our peer advisor. Kaden is available via ZOOM, Skype, FaceTime, phone calls, and email. use the steps below to reach him. After you have made an appointment, Kaden will send you an email to confirm what virtual platform you prefer using. 

  1. Google "USU CHASS Advising" 
  2. Click "schedule an appointment with Tom Liljegren"
  3. Select "Anthropology Major" from “Appointments for Majors”
  4. Select "Tom Liljegren"
  5. Select "Anthropology Major (Logan Main Campus)"
  6. Select "Kaden Dearing"
  7. Select best time and date that works for you  

Do not hesitate to reach out to me or any other anthropology faculty member if there is any way we can assist you and stay healthy.


Best Wishes,

Signature of Judson Finley, Director of Anthropology

Judson Finley

Anthropology Program Director


More information on how USU is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic 

Black Lives Matter: A letter from USU Anthropology Faculty 

Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends, 

The Utah State University anthropology program stands with those who are fighting to end systemic racism and inequality in this country right now. We condemn the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmed Aubery, Tony McDade and countless others who have not been afforded their humanity because of the color of their skin, their place of origin, their religion, gender, sexuality, or ethnicity. We affirm that Black Lives Matter. That we benefit from an institution that stands on stolen Shoshone land. And, as a program, we will work together to change practices that serve to marginalize any of our Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other POC students, both within our program, department, and the university at large, as well as in the Cache Valley and statewide community. 

We recognize that many of our students may be feeling distressed at this time. There are protests and ongoing violence in the streets, and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our daily lives disproportionately impacting BIPOC lives. Please seek out help in any way that you can. Reach out to friends, family, professors, anyone you can trust. Find ways to turn off momentarily and recharge. There are also emotional and mental health counseling services available remotely right now through Counseling and Psychological Services; additional support can be found through The USU Inclusion Center.

For those of you looking for resources to educate yourselves or to turn to at this time, we will post some on our social media sites, and also recommend seeking them out on your own. Many great reading and multimedia lists have been put out. Below is one from NPR. You may also want to visit the Black Lives Matter website for further background on the movement.


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