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Undergraduate summer diversity institutes accepting applications for 2019

Wednesday, December 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Shepherd
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The APA is pleased to announce that student applications are now open for PIKSI 2019. The PIKSI Rock Graduate Assistant and PIKSI Boston Teaching Fellow applications are also open.

PIKSI, or Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute, is a week-long immersive summer workshop for students of underrepresented identities in the field of philosophy. Diversity institutes such as PIKSI aim to give young philosophers the support and information they need to pursue a successful and meaningful career studying philosophy. The institutes were founded to address a lack of diverse representation in academic philosophy and thus focus on preparing women, people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, people with disabilities, first-generation students, and other diverse scholars for graduate study in philosophy.

PIKSI Rock at Penn State will occur June 17–29, 2019 and PIKSI Boston at MIT will occur June 20–27, 2019. Both institutes share a student application which will close January 31, 2019, and can be found on the PIKSI application page.

In addition to PIKSI, the APA promotes several other summer diversity institutes in philosophy:

PIKSI and other diversity institutes offer a unique and supportive educational experience. In an APA survey sent to diversity institute alumni, two anonymous respondents shared these positive remarks:

“PIKSI made me see that there are many people actively working on improving the state of the profession, and that I was not alone in recognizing that there are huge problems that need to be addressed. PIKSI also helped me foster relationships with successful people in the field (both graduate students and faculty), which has helped me several times throughout my own application and graduate school experiences.”

“These institutes are real treasures. I wouldn't be in graduate school if it wasn't for them, and I wouldn't be as successful as I have been in graduate school if it wasn't for them.”

If you are an undergraduate, we encourage you to consider applying for one of these institutes and to spread the word to your undergraduate student networks.

If you are a faculty member, we also encourage you to share this information with any undergraduate student who you believe would be a good fit for a diversity institute in philosophy. For more information about diversity institutes in philosophy, please visit the APA page on diversity institutes or email

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