General Anthropology Division
National Association of Student Anthropologists
Cosponsored - Roundtable
Abstract: A recent study (Evans et al. 2018) suggests that graduate students are six times as likely as the general population to experience depression and anxiety. Graduate students are experiencing a mental health crisis throughout all disciplines and across the world. With their methodological and theoretical approaches, what do anthropologists have to add to the conversation? How can we change academic culture and more specifically anthropology's culture? What are the particularities of the graduate student mental health crisis in anthropology? How do graduate students’ intersections of social class, disability, background, nationality, sexuality, ethnicity, race, gender and identity create uneven opportunities in graduate school and beyond? What steps can Dean's, Chair's, DGS's, professors and graduate students take to work together to create a healthier and more fulfilling graduate student experience?
The roundtable focuses on identifying specific issues that contribute to the graduate student mental health crisis as well as brainstorming practical solutions for making graduate school a more beneficial, balanced and productive time. The roundtable gathers graduate students, practicing anthropologists, professors, experts on institutional culture and higher education from public and private universities across the world at one table to discuss challenges and solutions together. Audience participation will also be encouraged, and all are welcome to share their experiences and thoughts on tackling the graduate student mental health crisis.