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Our Mission

At Arizona State University's School of Human Evolution and Social Change, we investigate what makes us human and use new knowledge to foster a healthier, more sustainable world. Using tools from anthropology, global health, environmental social science, museum studies and applied mathematics, our work integrates the natural and social sciences to answer questions about the human story and inspire our students to become informed, socially responsible members of their communities.

Our Vision

Our school aims to be a leader in innovative research and teaching that impacts our generation and beyond. Our faculty and student interactions from learning and research will be measured not just in labs, classrooms and field sites, but in hospital rooms and living rooms, in rural villages and bustling cities, as students become citizens who are equipped with the knowledge and means to change the world.

Our Principles

  • In learning about others, we learn about ourselves.
  • In learning about our past and present, we find ways to shape our future.
  • By thinking beyond individual academic disciplines, we make innovation the expectation.
  • If the world is our lab, then we must give back to it with science that is ethical, tangible, accessible and beneficial for humankind.
  • Through teaching and mentorship, we empower new knowledge seekers to build a better world.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Arizona State University is deeply committed to positioning itself as one of the great new universities by seeking to build excellence, enhance access and have an impact on our community, state, nation and the world. Learn about ASU’s diversity philosophy.

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change affirms the urgent need for action to advance diversity, equity and inclusion as part of our academic mission and vision. We acknowledge the long history of exclusion, discrimination and erasure within the U.S. system of higher education, as well as the historical collusion of our own scholarly disciplines in perpetuating these inequalities and injustices. We further acknowledge the 22 tribal nations in Arizona, and that our campus is built on the indigenous homelands of the Akimel O’odham, Piipaash and other groups. We acknowledge these peoples, their ancestors, their descendants and the land itself. Accordingly, our school strives to embrace diversity, and enact justice and equity not only in teaching and research, but also in administrative decisions, leadership positions and hiring practices.

As a transdisciplinary unit designed to explore the human story more fully, our school is deeply committed to cultivating, with intention, an educational and working environment that is welcoming to historically marginalized students, faculty and staff with various intersecting dimensions of identity—including but not limited to, BIPOC; differently abled; first generation; international; LGBTQIA+; nontraditional; racially, ethnically, religiously, and linguistically diverse; undocumented/DACAmented; veteran; women; and working class. By extension, we are committed to engaging with, listening to, and honoring the cultural practices, intellectual traditions and unique knowledge of the diverse local and global communities with and among whom we work; and to creating opportunities and spaces for people to exchange perspectives within and beyond the classroom.

School leaders have asked a team of faculty, staff and students to propose and advocate for new initiatives that put our commitment to diversity into action. Questions regarding this effort may be directed to Meskerem Glegziabher, director of inclusion and community engagement.