About Us

The Minorities and Philosophy chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was developed in 2019 with the aim of recognizing, discussing, and addressing:

      • Systemic barriers preventing full participation in professional philosophy by members of marginalized communities
      • Theoretical issues regarding philosophy of gender, race, sexual orientation, class, disability, native language, etc., and
      • Deficiencies in the representation of philosophy done from minority perspectives in core curricula and at professional events

We host (or collab with other orgs to host) reading groups and other social events that provide informal, safe, and accessible spaces for philosophers of all skill levels to come together and tackle the issues listed above.

In addition to social events, our chapter members are on the look-out for resources that support the academic and professional development of undergraduate and graduate students. Such resources include:

      • Calls for Abstracts, Papers, or Proposals for conferences & journals
      • Applications for academic, professional, & grad school app workshops
      • Open study groups & other philosophy-focused meetups
      • Grants, scholarships, fellowships, post docs, & career listings

A special thanks to our sponsors

The MAP Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was made possible through the support of:

      • Faculty sponsors Drs. Helga Varden and Shelley Weinberg,
      • The faculty and staff of the Department of Philosophy, and
      • Our graduate and undergraduate student members

About MAP

Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) is an international non-profit organization developed and (primarily) lead by graduate students of philosophy. From their About page, MAP is:

“A collection of students in 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. Currently, MAP has 134 chapters throughout the world.”

MAP is funded by the Marc Sanders Foundation and other co-funding institutions.