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The members of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health at UMBC stand in solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, co-workers and colleagues in the wake of the tragedies and violence occurring across the United States.  We echo the sentiments expressed by the UMBC administration last week, and grieve the lives that have been lost and minimized by structural racism and white supremacy.

We are ever committed to working toward dismantling systems of inequality, finding new ways to support one another, and helping create the kind of change we want to see. We pledge to continue in our efforts of compassionate and critical pedagogy (c.f. Freire 1970) and in our research as we engage with partners in marginalized communities here and around the world. We commit ourselves to working with students, colleagues, and community members to apply social science methods and results to address these pressing social problems.

UMBC’s Asian and Asian American Faculty & Staff Council have prepared a list of resources and action items against anti-Asian racism. In addition, our own graduate student Keller Trotman (SOCY MA) is working on their master’s thesis addressing the under explored area of anti-Asian racism in the wake of the COVID:

“Given the current social landscape, it is crucial to study and understand how the rise of anti-Asian racism in conjunction with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of Asian Americans, specifically East and Southeast Asian Americans as these groups are often met with intense derision within the U.S. It is anticipated that by giving voice to those affected by racism and xenophobia, we might not only make their plight better understood, but also pave the way towards a more just society through understanding and empathy.” (Keller Trotman)

We stand together in this fight against injustice.

Marina Adler

Anushka Aqil

Katie Birger

Emily Byrne

Jennifer Callaghan-Koru

Bambi Chapin

Sarah Chard

Paul Coakley 

Meryl Cozart

Kimberly DeMichele

Kevin Eckert

Molly Gribbin

Maggie Grieves

Loren Henderson

Aubrey Jackson Soller

Andrea Kalfoglou

Camee Maddox-Wingfield

Christine Mair

Dann Malihom

Cathryn McDonnell

Emily Melluso

Karon Phillips

John Schumacher

Sally Scott

Dena Smith

Brian Soller

Laura Spicer

Jamie Trevitt

Brandy Wallace

Nick Welcome

Michele Wolff

Takashi Yamashita

To see what others in our UMBC community are saying about this, see UMBC’s Women’s Center ( and UMBC’s Statement on Injustice (, which include links to resources on and off campus.




The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health’s statement on diversity and social justice:
The UMBC community includes people who come from all walks of life, people of different races and ethnicities, gender identities, religions, sexual orientations, (dis)abilities, social classes, cultures, histories, and life journeys. This strengthens us as a community. It allows us to learn from each other and to grow. We stand together to embrace all of our diversity and identities.

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health is home to undergraduate programs in Sociology (SOCY), Anthropology (ANTH) and Health Administration and Policy (HAPP). We offer minors in Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy, a Master’s in Applied Sociology, as well as Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in the Nonprofit Sector, and Social Dimensions of Health. An Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s is available, as well as special options for double majors in Sociology and Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology, Sociology and Social Work, and Health Administration and Policy and Social Work. The department collaborates with three outstanding Ph.D. programs, including Gerontology (GERO), Public Policy (PUBL) and Language, Literacy & Culture (LLC) and hosts the Center for Aging Studies (CAS), a research center that conducts large scale, federally-funded research.

Throughout these programs, the department emphasizes three core areas: health & aging in society; diversity, gender & culture; and applied social science research. Consistent with UMBC’s goals, the department focuses its core strengths to:

  • Provide a distinctive undergrad experience
  • Support the development of graduate education
  • Conduct faculty research that contributes to both undergraduate & graduate education

Feel free to read more about us, our programs, faculty, staff & students around the site, or contact our main office at 410-455-3979 for more information.