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.
Resources on Diversity and Inclusiveness
Posters, Flyers, and Info Sheets • Articles, Papers, and Text Collections • Blogs and Blog Posts
Groups, Associations, and Societies • Projects and Programs • Data
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 to [email protected]
Undergraduate Diversity Institutes in Philosophy
There are a number of undergraduate diversity institutes supporting and encouraging students from underrepresented groups—such as people of color, women, LGBT+ people, people with disabilities, and people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds—studying philosophy. These institutes help introduce undergraduates to philosophy as a career and help prepare them for graduate school.
Learn more about undergraduate diversity institutes in philosophy.
Posters, Flyers, and Info Sheets
- Undergraduate Diversity Institutes Poster Set
Four color posters (8.5"x11") with basic information on the major undergraduate diversity institutes in philosophy.
- Who Studies Philosophy?
Color poster (11"x17") featuring well-known people who have studied philosophy. Features public figures in business, government, journalism, entertainment, and other fields.
- Advice for Undergraduates from Underrepresented Groups
We asked graduate students and professional philosophers from underrepresented groups, "What advice would you give to underrepresented groups who are considering graduate study in philosophy?" This series of four black-and-white flyers (8.5"x11") features their answers.
- 5 Ways to Be More Inclusive
This info sheet outlines five simple changes you can make to be more inclusive in your department or in your classroom.
- Diversity in Philosophy Bibliography
This info sheet lists a number of articles to read for more information about diversity in philosophy.
- PIKSI Ambassadors Program Flyer
The PIKSI Ambassadors Program brings alumni of the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institutes (PIKSIs) to visit philosophy departments and talk with undergraduates about the value of participation in undergraduate diversity institutes. See this flyer (8.5"x11") for more information.
- APA Travel Assistance Funds
The APA offers several sources of travel funding for members of underrepresented groups. This flyer (8.5"x11") contains information about each of them.
- APA Ombudsperson
This color flyer (8.5"x11") provides information about the role of the APA Ombudsperson Concerning Discrimination and Sexual Harassment.
- Sexual Misconduct & Discrimination Resources Flyer Templates
These templates allow you to fill in the relevant information for your institution or department about resources relating to sexual misconduct and discrimination. In color or black and white.
- Best Practices for Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment
This color flyer (8.5"x11") lists the best practices for preventing and addressing sexual harassment in professional academic philosophical settings.
Articles, Papers, and Text Collections
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
Compass is a two-day workshop for female and transgender undergraduates interested in philosophy.
- 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.
- Summer Program for Diversity in Logic for Undergraduates
This intensive one-week program will offer 10 students the opportunity to explore an exciting research theme in Logic (Paradoxes). Students will receive tutoring in formal techniques, mentoring, support for professionalization, and experience validation, understanding and advice regarding diversity issues they have encountered.
- 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.