Our department seeks to do all it can to make philosophy an inclusive discipline. We understand the value that diversity brings to philosophical inquiry, and that the health of our discipline depends on greater inclusion of under-represented groups in the ranks of philosophers. On this page you can find our department's Statement of Inclusion, a list of What We Are Doing to improve diversity in our department, and a collection of diversity Resources from both the discipline as well as Ohio State.
Statement of Inclusion
September 8, 2020
The Department of Philosophy at Ohio State affirms its support of the local and global protests against police brutality, systemic racism, and the killing of Black Americans. We condemn the aggressive and militarized response to the overwhelmingly peaceful protests.
This desperately unjust situation is all the more urgent because of the disproportionate effects of the current pandemic on Black communities.
In this context, we reaffirm our commitment to being a welcoming space for all, to diversifying our curriculum and our discipline, and to addressing racial oppression. With the University's support and resources, we are committed to diversifying our faculty by hiring persons of color. We pledge to promote social justice, in addition to reflecting on it. We pledge also to listen to and learn from what the Black Lives Matter movement is teaching, and to act on that basis.
We endorse the recent statements from the American Philosophical Association condemning racist violence and police brutality. We urge the university, city, and country to address these deep injustices with far-reaching reforms.
What We Are Doing
Here are some of the things we have been doing to improve diversity in our department.
The undergraduate program:
- We are committed to offering a broad undergraduate curriculum, including regular courses on the philosophy of race and gender
- We encourage the diversification of syllabi to include more reading assignments from women and racial minorities
- We are working with the Undergraduate Philosophy Club to offer more social events and programs in philosophy so as to make a wider variety of students feel welcome in our department
- We encourage our instructors to use grading methods and classroom practices that reduce implicit bias
The graduate program:
- We are committed to recruiting and sustaining a diverse graduate student population
- We actively weigh diversity considerations in evaluating applications to our graduate program
- We typically nominate several candidates for Graduate Enrichment Fellowships which seek to promote diversity within the university
- We collect and publish data on the demographic makeup of our graduate program in the APA’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Philosophy
The colloquium committee:
- We are committed to bringing a diverse group of speakers to campus, including women and members of other minority groups
- We recently secured a grant from the university specifically aimed towards bringing a more diverse group of speakers to campus
- We recently held a workshop on social metaphysics, including talks on the philosophy of gender and sexual orientation
The search committee:
- We are committed to improving the representation of women and minorities on our faculty
- We actively weigh diversity considerations in all of our faculty searches
- We appoint a diversity representative on each faculty search committee
The MAP chapter:
- We encourage discussion about issues that face minorities in philosophy
- We provide a forum for department members to present work relevant to the goals of MAP
- We co-sponsor talks by external speakers from minority groups
- We have developed a set of guidelines specific to Ohio State instructors to help improve diversity and inclusion in their classrooms
Best Practices for the Inclusive Philosophy Classroom
The result of an inter-departmental effort, started by MAP, to create an easily accessible launching pad for teachers who want to make their philosophy classrooms more inclusive.
Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)
MAP is a collection of students in English-speaking philosophy departments that aims to examine and address issues of minority participation in academic philosophy. Ohio State Chapter Contact: Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer
APA Resources on Diversity and Inclusion
Provides strategies and best practices for improving the climate in the field for women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups.
Provides new data on approximately 100 departments over the past 10 years and faculty at all ranks in Philosophical Gourmet Report (PGR) ranked and unranked programs for 2015. The site also shows the proportion and numbers of women published in Leiter survey ranked top 20 journals.
Directory of philosophers from underrepresented groups in philosophy
Ohio State Resources:
University Policies for Diversity and Inclusion
A list of diversity-relative Ohio State policies, reporting procedures, and contacts.
List of diversity units and resources at Ohio State
A one-stop shop for diversity initiatives at Ohio State
BART (Bias Assessment and Response Team)
BART is a resource for anyone who needs to report an incident of bias or wants to explore and better understand issues like bias and discrimination, and how to effectively respond.
The Women’s Place at Ohio State
The Women's Place works to catalyze change at Ohio State by focusing on these four areas: policy, culture, leadership and reporting the status of women.
Multicultural Center at Ohio State
The MCC offers several hundred programs a year all focused on teaching students personal and interpersonal skills necessary to be most effective in a diverse world.
Student Life Disability Services collaborates with and empowers students who have disabilities in order to coordinate support services and programs that enable equal access to an education and university life.
Undergraduate Student Government Diversity Committee
The mission of the Diversity and Inclusion committee is to not only represent all diverse groups of students, but to work as hard as possible to make Ohio State inclusive to everyone.