Southeastern Archaeological Mentoring Network
The goal of the Southeastern Archaeological Mentoring Network (SAMN) is to facilitate professional networks, strengthen resources, and provide guidance for archaeologists that are members of or identify with historically underrepresented groups. The designation of historically underrepresented implies a history of discrimination, oppression, and inequality and includes communities such as (but not limited) to: African American, Latino/Latina/Latinx, Native American/First Nations, Asian American/Pacific Islanders, LGBTQIA, disabled, and women. SAMN will be a safe, collegial, and inclusive space for all inquiring about and discussing all issues relevant to gender and minority experiences in southeastern archaeology at the graduate level and up.

Developing mentoring strategies is a fundamental part of encouraging racial, ethnic, gender, ability, sexual, and religious diversity in archaeology. With recent surveys highlighting the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in the field, as well as numerous student committee sponsored forums at SEAC and the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) on gender disparities in our field, it has becoming increasingly clear that junior colleagues (particularly graduate students and recent graduate students) desire outside mentorship. This program is open to all graduate students, recent graduate students, and junior faculty seeking mentorship with primary goal of providing support for archaeologists that are members of or identify with historically underrepresented groups

Partners will be paired on the basis of a combination of interests (both personal and professional), career status, and goals for participation in SAMN. We ask that interested participants agree to an initial commitment of one year. After this period, members can decide whether or not to continue mentoring partnerships. We also ask that participants sign a confidentiality agreement to protect the privacy of all parties.

SAMN has a Steering Committee whose leadership changes on biennial basis. The co-organizers and 2017-2018 steering committee members are Meghan Buchanan (Auburn University), Sarah Baires (Eastern Connecticut State University), Elizabeth Watts Malouchos (Indiana University, Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology), and Jamie Arjona (University of Illinois).

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