MAP is a worldwide network of students based in English-speaking philosophy departments that aims to facilitate the participation of members from underrepresented groups in academic philosophy. Though primarily led by graduate students, MAP also relies on faculty support and encourages undergraduate participation.
Through the MAP initiative, students can exchange ideas on topics related to philosophy and the participation of underrepresented groups, meet and support peers, host events, and can choose to work alongside their respective departments to promote a more supportive and inclusive environment.
Though the format of MAP varies from department to department, each chapter aims broadly at addressing (a) issues of underrepresentation in the profession, (b) theoretical issues regarding philosophy of gender, race, sexual orientation, class, disability, native language, etc, and (c) philosophy done from minority perspectives. Meeting formats include: external or internal speakers, reading groups, film screenings, mentorship events for undergraduates or graduates, panel discussions, practical workshops (e.g., on communication techniques, navigating stereotype threat or implicit bias). Once a year, representatives from each participating department meet to discuss their chapter's progress.
In the short term, MAP provides a forum for students to discuss these topics and connect with interested peers. In the long term, we hope that MAP will contribute to improved department cultures and facilitate increased participation of underrepresented groups in academic philosophy.
Guided by founder and first UK Director, Filippo Contesi, MAP UK saw the first chapter and mentor sign-ups at the start of the Autumn term, 2014. With the new directorship team (see below) MAP UK aims to become a somewhat more autonomous region, with plans to continue in the spirit of the US directorship and original initiative, but to also address specific issues facing our region such as participating in the development and adoption of best practice guidelines.
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