GROUP - Graduate Recruitment of Underrepresented Philosophers

Each year the department hosts a Graduate Recruitment of Underrepresented Philosophers (GROUP) event: this year will be a half-day virtual series for promising prospective MA students in philosophy from traditionally underrepresented groups (such as women, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people, people from economically disadvantaged communities, people with disabilities, and people of color or people racialized as nonwhite, including Chicanx and Latinx people, Indigenous people, Pacific Islanders, people of African descent, and people of Asian descent). GROUP is designed to increase the diversity of the academic pipeline in the discipline, particularly at UNC Charlotte, by recruiting a diverse group of undergraduates to the philosophy department’s MA program in Ethics and Applied Philosophy. We are committed to diversifying the discipline because of the philosophical importance of different standpoints and experiences for investigating and creating knowledge.

This year's virtual workshop will be held on October 28th, 2020 via Zoom. Students will be introduced to the life of philosophy in the department by attending a philosophy colloquium showcasing some of our recent graduates, a visit to one of our philosophy graduate seminars, and a graduate program application workshop. We will also organize some opportunities for prospective students to speak with our graduate students and faculty, and provide a general setting for prospective students to investigate what it means to pursue a graduate degree in Philosophy at UNC Charlotte. This GROUP program blends the scholarly with the practical, workshopping the application process with prospective students and answering questions they have about how to create as strong an application to our program as possible. We also help advise students on how to create a strong application to philosophy graduate programs in general, including PhD programs.

We welcome attendees from underrepresented groups who have shown promise in philosophy or related fields and who are considering applying to graduate school in philosophy for Spring 2021 or 2021–22.

To attend, please fill out this brief survey and we'll contact you with the meeting links and more information. To ensure full consideration, please complete the survey by October 21, 2020. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Philosophy's Graduate Program Director, Dr. Andrea Pitts at apitts5@uncc.edu.