Community Engagement and Outreach
The following comprises a list of NU Philosophy's community engagement and outreach activities related to Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion, in addition to contact information for those interested in finding out more about these projects:
- Kyla Ebels-Duggan is a Member of the Diversity Committee for the Society of Christian Philosophers.
- For more information, please visit Professor Ebels-Duggan’s faculty page
- Jennifer Lackey is the Director of the Northwestern Prison Education Project (NPEP). NPEP is the only degree-granting program in the state providing a full liberal arts curriculum to incarcerated students. NPEP is also the only postsecondary prison education program in Illinois that accepts applications from facilities throughout the state, including from medium- and maximum-security prisons.
- For more information, please visit https://sites.northwestern.edu/npep
- Patricia Marechal is working with other Latinx faculty in philosophy departments across the United states to create mentoring and support groups for junior Latinx faculty members, early career researchers, and graduate students on the job market.
- For more information, please reach out to Professor Marechal.
- As a member committee for the Central APA 2021, Patricia Marechal has organized a session entitled “Representations of Women and Gender in Ancient Philosophy”.
- For more information, please Visit Professor Marechal’s faculty page
- José Medina is co-founder and organizer of the Midwest Race Theory Workshop.
- For more information, please visit https://midwestracetheoryworkshop.com
- The Northwestern Women in Philosophy group
- For more information, please visit https://philosophy.northwestern.edu/community/wiphi.html
- The Philosophy Department sponsors the Northwestern Ethics Bowl team, which includes many of our undergraduate students. The Ethics Bowl team competes in offering ethical analyses of contemporary moral problems, including many issues related to DEI.
- Baron Reed has served on the hiring committee for the role of Chief Diversity Officer. This committee successfully advocated for the inclusion of the CDO in the President’s cabinet. Professor Reed was the co-chair of the Faculty Engagement workgroup in the university’s Undergraduate Student Lifecycle Committee, which looked at how the university might better support students who belong to the under-represented minority, first-generation, and/or low-income groups. He served on the GQNBT task force, which looked at a wide variety of issues—from housing to inclusion in the classroom—faced by students, faculty, and staff who are non-binary or transgender. He has also been involved in review of many of the university’s policies having to do with discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct, and has played a role in drafting a new policy on fostering a university culture of mutual respect, and in shaping the policy on demonstration so that it provided as much protection to student protestors as possible.
- For more information, please visit Professor Reed’s faculty page
- Several of our faculty have volunteered and mentored for the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP), a competitive research experience, hosted by Northwestern’s Graduate School, for sophomores and juniors from colleges and universities across the United States. SROP encourages members of groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate education (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities, women in STEM, first-generation college students, etc.) to apply.
- For more information, please visit the Summer Research Opportunity Program
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