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Anthropology Graduate Student Organization

About the GSO

The Anthropology Graduate Student Organization advocates for graduate students within Stanford’s Anthropology department and the university as a whole. It serves as a liaison between the department’s students, faculty, and staff; forms a sounding board for issues of collective concern; connects students with appropriate university resources; and coordinates other student-driven actions.

The GSO’s responsibilities include:

  • Holding quarterly student meetings;
  • Organizing the annual student-faculty town hall;
  • Coordinating student-led activities and workshops;
  • Attending monthly faculty meetings and distributing notes to students;
  • Contributing to the campus visit weekend for accepted students;
  • Connecting first-year students with department life through mentoring and social events;
  • Maintaining the GSO email listserv and other communications.


All anthropology graduate students are automatically members of the GSO, which is the primary means by which students keep themselves informed of, and participate in, department decision making and activities. Students are expected to participate regularly in the GSO’s quarterly meetings, annual town hall, and other events.