Our doctoral program understands the value that diversity brings to philosophical inquiry, and that the health of our profession depends on greater inclusion of underrepresented groups and approaches in our discipline. As a doctoral program, we play an important role in cultivating a diverse and inclusive philosophical community. Our goal is to recruit and sustain a diverse graduate student body and aid all students to develop as thinkers who practice philosophy with a commitment to these values of diversity and inclusiveness.
In order to realize this goal, we will
encourage a full range of applicants with diverse backgrounds, including those from “non-elite” undergraduate institutions;
strive for collecting and sharing data concerning the demographic makeup of graduate students, along with career outcomes such as time to degree and job placement;
strive for providing financial support, academic assistance, and advisement that reflects the diverse needs of a diverse population;
strive for a curriculum that incorporates and highlights the contributions of marginalized groups and approaches to the richness of philosophy;
continuously strive toward an environment of greater inclusion and respect through critical self-examination and collaborative community work, paying due attention not only to overt forms of prejudice or exclusion but also to its subtler manifestations.