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Lori Slicton

Lori Slicton

San Mateo Community College District

San Mateo, CA USA

"Get comfortable with chaos."

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Lori's work combines: Education, Medicine, and Working with Others

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Day In The Life

Professor of Anthropology

I teach a broad range of what anthropology offers, whether its archaeology, cultural anthropology, and so on.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Sonora High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    San Francisco State University

  • Graduate Degree


    San Francisco State University

  • Certification

    Childbirth Educator

    University of California, Berkeley

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Professor of Anthropology:

Bachelor's Degree: Anthropology

Graduate Degree: Anthropology

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Had an interesting family; I learned a lot of good lessons at home with family and friends.

  • 2.

    At 18, I was assaulted which shaped me quite a bit.

  • 3.

    Getting my master's degree in anthropology.

  • 4.

    Getting my job as a professor at San Mateo Community College District.

  • 5.

    Creating the entire anthropology program degree.

  • 6.

    Being stung approximately 12 times by bees sent me into anaphylaxis shock and almost ended up with me dying.

  • 7.


  • 8.

    My disability with my vision.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Myself:

    I actually never listened to the discouragement that society threw at me because not many people know what anthropology is or what an anthropologist does. In fact, most people would envy it or enjoy hearing about what an anthropologist does!

  • How I responded:

    Where is the discouragement coming from? If it's what you think you're supposed to be doing because somebody else discouraged you, you have to tell yourself what do you want to do? Does it feel like a good fit? The good news is that you don't have to decide right now. You can go forward with your major—and if you change your mind during graduate school, change it! Follow your heart!

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Though it's not a hurdle and rather something for me to navigate around, I've had challenges with my vision, making it difficult to see and read print, so I need advanced technology to resolve it.