COD-IDEAS: Increasing Diversity in Evolutionary Anthropological Sciences

The Committee on Diversity (COD) IDEAS subcommittee tackles the original core mission of the COD: To address underrepresentation of racialized minority scholars in biological anthropology. In 2016, the COD-IDEAS subcommittee launched the Increasing Diversity in Evolutionary Anthropological Sciences (IDEAS) Program. The Program is an NSF-Funded, multi-pronged initiative that addresses training, mentoring, and public outreach. The Program is currently funded through 2027 by an NSF grant to Zaneta Thayer, Susan Antón, and Ripan Malhi.

In a 2018 Yearbook of Physical Anthropology article, IDEAS Committee Chairs published recent demographic data on the Bioanthropological discipline in the U.S., specifically as it relates to representation of minority and underrepresented minority (or racialized minority) scholars, as well as the history of the AABA’s COD and its IDEAS Program.


The COD-IDEAS Committee is now hosting TWO annual sets of workshops – one at the annual AABA meetings and the other at a regional location on the U.S.

At the AABAs, the annual IDEAS Workshop typically includes a day-long science and mentoring workshop for undergraduate and graduate students the Wednesday of the AABA meetings, networking events throughout the meeting, and a virtual mentoring network throughout the year.

NEW to the IDEAS Program is a Faculty Scholar component, to provide mentoring to early, mid-, and advanced career Faculty Scholars.

Learn more about the IDEAS Program here.

If you are interested in sponsoring IDEAS Scholars or building satellite workshops in your local area into your Broader Impacts programs, please contact Graciela Cabana ( or Zaneta Thayer (



Susan Antón
Jada Benn Torres
Graciela Cabana
Agustín Fuentes
Ripan Malhi
Zaneta Thayer