National Association of Student Anthropologists
Oral Presentation Session
In this paper, I extend the discussion about the significance of incorporating the approaches of collaborative and applied anthropology into an undergraduate course, as a multi-step process involving students from diverse backgrounds. Reflecting on my own experiences, I primarily emphasize the challenges of being a participant in this course, such as communication issues, as well as those arising from working collaboratively alongside students who may work multiple full-time jobs and/or commute long distances to get to campus. Indeed, these types of challenges mirror those facing students and professors across undergraduate institutions, the discipline, and those more specific to our experiences as anthropology majors and students enrolled in this course. I move on to highlight some of the strategies we used to address these challenges, while also making recommendations for ways that the course—described throughout this panel—could be improved in the future. In so doing, my paper offers up suggestions for enhancing anthropological training for undergraduate students.