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.
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.
A 2012 article published in the Journal of Social Philosophy that examines the
problems that neoliberal thinking has on diversity and the field of
- "Women in Philosophy" by Jennifer
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
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
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
A report from 2011 that describes the state of the field for women in the United
- "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.
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
"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
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
An article by Rachel McKinnon published in the
Chronicle of Higher Education.
Voices or Perfect Storm: Why Are There So Few Women in Philosophy?" by Louise
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
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
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
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
- Association of Chinese Philosophers in North
An academic organization dedicated to promoting the
philosophical activities of the Chinese philosophers in America.
- Women in Philosophy Task
The WPHTF is an umbrella group that works to coordinate initiatives and intensify
efforts to advance women in philosophy.
- Society of Young Black
The Facebook group for SYBP.
- Collegium of Black Women
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
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,
- Bookshare: An Accessible Online
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
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
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.
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
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
- Committee on Strategies and
Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE), University of
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
The ADVANCE Program aims to assist the University of Michigan in gaining a more
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.
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