The challenges we face: discussions and resources

In this page you can find discussions in our department and elsewhere about the climate for underrepresented people in philosophy, the challenges we face, and resources on how to address them. At the top of the page you can find links for and descriptions of initiatives in philosophy, such as programs, reports, or blog spaces, created by and for underrepresented philosophers, that are already calling attention to and addressing the issues that we face. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see related posts and other discussions.

 Resources on Climate Issues

PIKSI (Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute): PIKSI is a ten-day institute that encourages undergraduate students from underrepresented groups, such as African Americans, Chican@s, Latin@s, Native Americans, Asian Americans, the LGBT community, members of economically oppressed communities, and people with disabilities, to continue study in the field of philosophy.

Rutgers’s Climate Committee: The climate initiative at Rutgers, led by a faculty advisor and two graduate student representatives, exists to help devise and implement initiatives to improve climate for all graduate students.  The committee offers several helpful resources, such as discussions on implicit bias, stereotype threat, best practices to work towards inclusive classrooms and events, and some directives about professional conduct.

Being a Woman in Philosophy: This blog, which is a project of the Women in Philosophy Task Force, publishes personal narratives and observations about life as a woman in philosophy. The project has recently created a new blog, What we are doing about what it’s like, which discusses efforts to improve things for women in philosophy. One of the blog’s editor also contributes to another, related blog, Feminist Philosophers.

Being a Philosopher of Color: This blog, inspired by “Being a woman in philosophy” (referenced above), contains personal narratives and observations about life as a person of color in philosophy. This blog, much like the blog above, publishes anonymous submissions from philosophers of color and others who have suffered or witnessed racism in academia.

MAP (Minorities and Philosophy): MAP offers spaces for students to exchange ideas on minorities and philosophy, seek support, and connect with other departments. The organization has differentiated chapters in many philosophy departments across the English-speaking world. Even though this initiative is led primarily by graduate students, it relies on faculty support and encourages undergraduate participation.

PhD(isabled), What it’s like doing academia with disability & chronic illness: PhD(isabled) is an online blog that publishes personal narratives and discussions related to disability in academia at large. It offers a space for people with disabilities who are pursuing or have pursued PhD study to share and discuss aspects of their experience at the intersection of academia, disability, and chronic illness.

Do you know of any other resources we have missed? Tell us about them!