The Southeastern Archaeological Mentoring Network (SAMN) facilitates professional networks, strengthens resources, and provides guidance for student archaeologists. 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.
SAMN is a safe, collegial, and inclusive space for all inquiring about and discussing issues relevant to gender and minority experiences in southeastern archaeology at the graduate level and up. SAMN is open to all graduate student archaeologists (and recently graduated archaeologists) seeking mentorship with the primary goal of providing support for archaeologists that are members of or identify with historically underrepresented groups.
In response to the cancellation of in-person conferences and mentor-mentee meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SAMN will be hosting virtual events to promote networking and fostering relationships at this time.