Resources on Diversity and Inclusiveness
The following resources provide information about diversity and inclusiveness within philosophy as well as strategies and best practices for improving the climate in the field for women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups. If you have a resource you would like to see added to this list, please send us your suggestion.
The APA's board of officers recently created a task force on diversity and inclusion, chaired by Elizabeth Anderson. The task force welcomes suggestions from members of the association and the profession.
APA Diversity and Inclusiveness Syllabus Collection
The Committee on Inclusiveness in the Profession has launched a collection of syllabi related to diversity and inclusiveness. The syllabi are now available and may be used as a resource for those teaching philosophy to create more diverse and inclusive courses.
See the collection of diversity and inclusiveness syllabi and learn how to submit your syllabus.
APA Membership Demographics
A report on APA membership demographics for 2013-2014 is now available.
For a number of years, there have been calls for the APA to improve and increase its tracking of member demographics.We are very pleased to now be able to provide this kind of information to and about our membership. Though, for this first year of reporting, the information provided is somewhat limited, we plan to expand and increase the data reported in future years. We welcome feedback and suggestions for improvements to our collection and reporting of demographic data. Suggestions may be emailed firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles and Papers
- "Implicit Bias and Gender (and Other Sorts of) Diversity in Philosophy and the Academy in the Context of the Corporatized University" by Margaret A. Crouch
A 2012 article published in the Journal of Social Philosophy that examines the problems that neoliberal thinking has on diversity and the field of philosophy.
- "Women in Philosophy" by Jennifer Saul
Jennifer Saul on the psychological biases adversely affecting philosophy—and what we can do about it.
- "Wanted: Female Philosophers, in the Classroom and in the Canon" by Regan Penaluna
In an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, Regan Penaluna looks at some of the contributing factors to the lack of diversity in philosophy.
- "Changing the Ideology and Culture of Philosophy: Not by Reason (Alone)" by Sally Haslanger
A 2008 article by Sally Haslanger discussing the situation for women in philosophy.
- "Gender Perception as a Habit of Moral Perception: Implications for Philosophical Methodology and Introductory Curriculum" by Kathryn Norlock
An article by Kathryn Norlock published in the Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol. 43, Issue 3 (2012).
- "Women in Philosophy: A report by the British Philosophical Association and the Society form Women in Philosophy UK" by Helen Beebee and Jennifer Saul
A report from 2011 that describes the state of the field for women in the United Kingdom.
- "A Call for Climate Change for Women in Philosophy" by Linda Martin Alcoff
An article by Linda Martin Alcoff on the role of women in philosophy.
- "Women and Deviance in Philosophy" by Helen Beebee
A draft of an article by Helen Beebee, forthcoming in Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change? Edited by Fiona Jenkins and Katrina Hutchinson.
- "Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat and Women in Philosophy" by Jennifer Saul
An article by Jennifer Saul (draft), forthcoming in Women in Philosophy? What Needs to Change? Edited by Fiona Jenkins and Katrina Hutchison.
- The Chilly Climate: How Men and Women are Treated Differently in Classrooms and at Work
Articles by Bernice R. Sandler, Senior Scholar at the Women’s Research and Education Institute, about the climate for women in education.
- "Name Five Women in Philosophy. Bet You Can't" by Tania Lombrozo
An article on forthcoming research on the gender gap in philosophy, published by NPR.
- "On the Job Market as a Transgender Candidate" by Rachel McKinnon
An article by Rachel McKinnon published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
- "Quantifying the Gender Gap: An Empirical Study of the Underrepresentation of Women in Philosophy"
An article by Molly Paxton, Carrie Figdor, and Valerie Tiberius published in Vol. 27, Issue 4 of Hypatia (November 2012).
- "Coming Out in Class" by Rachel McKinnon
An article by Rachel McKinnon published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
- "Different Voices or Perfect Storm: Why Are There So Few Women in Philosophy?" by Louise Antony
An article by Louise Antony published in the Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol. 43, Issue 3 (2012).
- Supporting LGBT+ Physicists: A Best Practices Guide for Departments
While this report, produced by LGBT+ Physicists, does not focus on philosophy, the best practices put forth in the report are applicable to the field.
Blogs and Blog Posts
Groups, Associations, and Societies
A group for the LGBT community and friends to meet together once a month in New York City to discuss philosophy.
- Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy (SSAP)
SSAP was established to provide a network of support for young African American philosophers and other intellectuals in the academy, to bring together alternative voices to de-center the predominant 'Eurocentric' focus of and lack of diversity in most academic philosophy departments, and to provide a place for lay intellectuals to exchange ideas with professional academics in an informal setting.
- Society for Philosophy and Disability
The Society for Philosophy and Disability, or SPD, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to furthering research and teaching on philosophical issues related to disability and to promoting inclusiveness and support for people with disabilities in philosophical education and in the profession of philosophy.
- Society for Women in Philosophy
The landing page for SWIP which works to promote and support women in philosophy. The site has articles, statistics, and course syllabi in feminist philosophy.
- Private Facebook Group for LGBTQ Philosophers
Information about a private Facebook group for LGBTQ philosophers and students.
- Association of Chinese Philosophers in North America
An academic organization dedicated to promoting the philosophical activities of the Chinese philosophers in America.
- Women in Philosophy Task Force
The WPHTF is an umbrella group that works to coordinate initiatives and intensify efforts to advance women in philosophy.
- Society of Young Black Philosophers
The Facebook group for SYBP.
- Collegium of Black Women Philosophers
CBWP is a philosophical organization whose purpose is to encourage and foster a networking and mentoring relationship between the underrepresented Black women in philosophy including undergraduate students and graduate students, as well as assistant, associate, and full professors in the Academy.
- Minorities and Philosophy
Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) is a collection of students in North American philosophy departments that aims to examine and address issues of minority participation in academic philosophy. Though primarily led by graduate students, MAP also relies on faculty support and encourages undergraduate participation.
Projects and Programs
- The Mentoring Project for Pre-tenure Women Faculty in Philosophy
The Mentoring Project aims to build long-term mentoring relationships between eminent senior women and junior women in the field of philosophy.
- Project Implicit
Find out your implicit associations about race, sexual orientation, disabilities, and more.
- Bookshare: An Accessible Online Library
Bookshare® is an online library of digital books for people with print disabilities. Bookshare Members download books, textbooks, and newspapers in a compressed, encrypted file. They then read the material using adaptive technology, typically software that reads the book aloud (text to speech) and/or displays the text of the book on a computer screen, or Braille access devices, such as refreshable Braille displays.
- Rutgers University Climate for Women and Underrepresented Groups
The Rutgers Department of Philosophy believes that a crucial part of supporting and maintaining a thriving department climate for women and underrepresented groups in philosophy is making information and resources accessible to current and prospective students, and that an important part of creating and developing an excellent professional philosophical climate for all philosophers is making information on implicit bias and stereotype threat, how to counteract them, and departmental and professional statistics more publicly accessible.
- Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI)
A week-long institute designed to encourage undergraduate students from underrepresented groups to consider future study in the field of philosophy.
- BPA/SWIP UK Good Practice Scheme
The British Philosophical Association and Society for Women in Philosophy (UK) Good Practice Scheme aims to assist UK philosophy departments, learned societies and journals in ensuring that they have policies and procedures in place that encourage the representation of women in philosophy.
- Implicit Bias & Philosophy International Research Network
An organization looking to bring together philosophers from different disciplines to collaborate on the issue of implicit bias.
- Know Your IX
Know Your IX is a campaign that aims to educate about Title IX rights and protections. Its resources include a guide to reporting sexual assault and harassment.
- Committee on Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE), University of Michigan
The STRIDE Committee provides information and advice about practices to maximize the likelihood that diverse, well-qualified candidates for faculty positions will be hired, recruited, retained, and promoted.
- University of Michigan ADVANCE
The ADVANCE Program aims to assist the University of Michigan in gaining a more diverse faculty.
- McNair Scholars Program
The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 200 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.
- The UPDirectory
The UPDirectory publicizes information about philosophers who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups in philosophy. The purpose of the directory is to provide an easy-to-use resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the work of philosophers who belong to underrepresented groups within the discipline.
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