Philosophy in an Inclusive Key expands to Boston!

  The academic pursuit of philosophy has a serious diversity problem.

As recently as 2010, fewer than 30 percent of those earning doctorates in philosophy were women, for example — a lower percentage than that for math, chemistry, or economics. The numbers of racial and ethnic minorities in philosophy are estimated to be even worse.

Now, three philosophy graduate students in MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) have rolled up their sleeves to tackle this problem. Abby Jaques, Matthias Jenny, and Kevin Richardson have organized a weeklong program that will bring a diverse cohort of undergraduates to the MIT campus this summer, where the students will explore the full range of options for pursuing an academic career in philosophy.

Read more about PIKSI Boston and Sally Haslanger’s research on diversity in philosophy here

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PIKSI ambassador program launch

Philosophy in an Inclusive Key (PIKSI) with support from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation and in partnership with the APA has launched a new program that brings ambassadors to the classroom to speak with undergraduate students about diversity in philosophy. PIKSI alumni will be traveling to various universities to teach students about the PIKSI summer institutes and promote awareness of diversity initiatives in the field. More information and requests for ambassador visits are available here.