Diversity in Philosophy

Welcome to the Diversity in Philosophy Conference

May 29 - 31, 2013

The Diversity in Philosophy Conference opens with a plenary speech on the evening of Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 31. This conference examines and addresses the underrepresentation of women and other marginalized groups in Philosophy. Participants will focus on hurdles and best practices associated with the inclusion of underrepresented groups. It will focus on such questions as:

  • Why do white males continue to be over-represented among Philosophy majors, graduate students, and faculty members, especially given that most other fields in the sciences and humanities are increasingly diverse?
  • What are some effective ways to improve the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and other underrepresented groups?
  • What roles do implicit bias and stereotyping play in who advances in Philosophy?
  • How can the climate for women and other marginalized groups be improved?
  • What role can philosophers who study marginalized groups play in advancing underrepresented groups in Philosophy?
  • What can Philosophy learn from National Science Foundation ADVANCE initiatives that address how to recruit and advance women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields?
  • How can we improve the climate for all underrepresented groups in Philosophy, including those who are LGBTQ, disabled, first generation in college, or economically disadvantaged?

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Goals of the conference include creating opportunities for networking and building supportive communities as well as sharing cutting edge research.This conference is co-sponsored by the University of Dayton and the American Philosophical Association (APA). The conference organizers are Peggy DesAutels, Carla Fehr, and Sally Haslanger.

Sponsors and Planning Committee

Institutional Sponsors

  • The American Philosophical Association
  • The American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division
  • The American Philosophical Association, Committee on the Status of Women
  • The American Philosophical Association, Committee on the Status of Blacks in Philosophy
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Philosophy
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Dayton, Office of the Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • University of Dayton, Department of Philosophy
  • University of Dayton, Women's and Gender Studies Program
  • University of Dayton, Office of Alumni Chair in Humanities
  • University of Dayton, Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Planning Committee

  • Peggy DesAutels, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
  • Carla Fehr, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON
  • Sally Haslanger, MIT, Cambridge, MA

Conference Program

Review the conference program (pdf) >> 

  • Sue V. Rosser, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, San Francisco State University 
    Attracting and Retaining Women in Academia
  • Virginia Valian, Department of Psychology, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center 
    The Psychology of Change
  • Mariana Ortega, Department of Philosophy, John Carroll University 
  • Howard McGary, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University 
    Race and Inclusion
  • Tim McKay, Department of Physics, University of Michigan 
    Alliances for Change: Lessons from the University of Michigan Advance Program
Panels on Topics Including:
  • Sexual Harassment and Consensual Relationships
  • LGBTQ Intersectionality
  • Philosophy and Disability
  • Tackling the Underrepresentation of Blacks in Philosophy
  • Silencing and Exclusion
  • Arrogance and Argumentation in Philosophy
  • Implicit Bias and Stereotype Threat
  • Pockets of Progress
  • Coordinating APA Divisional Efforts 
  • Mentoring
  • Undergraduate Retention
  • Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Department Chairs' Roundtable
Programming Committee:
  • Paul Benson, University of Dayton
  • Lawrence Blum, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Cheshire Calhoun, Arizona State University
  • Chris Cuomo, University of Georgia
  • V. Denise James, University of Dayton
  • Ishani Maitra, University of Michigan 

Conference Registration and Housing Reservations

Registration and Payment

Registration for the Diversity Conference is closed.

Supplemental Travel Reimbursement Funds

Conference sponsors offer twenty supplemental travel reimbursements for up to $500 each for those participating in the conference. These funds are earmarked for those who are participating in the conference but are unable to receive travel funding from their respective academic institutions. Since the number who can be funded is limited, please apply as soon as you know if you are on the conference program or accepted into the site visit training workshop. To apply, please send the following information to csw.travel.funding@gmail.com: (1) your role in either the conference or the site visit training workshop (2) your estimated broken-down travel-related expenses (airfare, lodging, meals, etc.) (3) travel amount requested up to $500 and (4) why you need this funding. If you receive funding, it will be reimbursed to you after the conference and after you submit a travel form with your travel-related receipts to the conference organizers. 

Registration Fee

The Registration fee is $100 for employed philosophers and $50 for students, unemployed philosophers, underemployed philosophers, and guests. The registration fee includes a dinner banquet on May 30. If attendees' guests wish to attend the banquet, they will need to register for the conference. All other meals are to be paid for by the participant and their guest.


Transportation will be provided between the Diversity Conference/Site Visit Training location and on-campus housing and the Dayton Marriott Hotel.

On-campus Housing

V.W. Kettering Residence Hall is a facility consisting of 158 four-person suites. Each suite accommodates four people. Each suite has a living room, two bedrooms and bathroom. Suites are furnished, have a small refrigerator and are air-conditioned. All suites have phone service and data/cable connections.  Beds will be made prior to arrival and linens provided.  No roommate requests will be taken, but one person may reserve the entire suite and arrange to share the suite with those of their choosing. 

Cost of Housing:

  • Four-person suite, $105 per night
  • Two-person bedroom in shared suite, $53 per night
  • One bed in shared bedroom and suite, $27 per night   

See a photo of V.W. Kettering Residence Hall (pdf) >>

Hotel Reservations

Dayton Marriott Hotel

1414 S.Patterson Blvd., Dayton, Ohio 45409  USA
The Dayton Marriott Hotel is located approximately ½ mile from the UD campus. You may register by clicking the link to their website below, or telephoning them directly (937-223-1000 or 800-450-8625). Please indicate that you are with the UD Diversity in Philosophy Conference for a special room rate.

Room Information >>

Site Visit Workshop May 31 - June 1, 2013

The APA Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) is establishing a site visit program. This workshop is for philosophy faculty who wish to be trained to be members of site visit teams. This workshop will be run by Peggy DesAutels, Carla Fehr, and Sally Haslanger.

Specific goals of the APA-CSW-sponsored site visits include:

  • Gaining information in a systematic way about the range and variety of women's and minorities' experiences in philosophy that contribute to the ongoing underrepresentation of women and minorities in the field.
  • Informing departments, where necessary, about challenges women and philosophers of other underrepresented groups face, drawing on first person reports and social science research.
  • Helping departments analyze the climate issues particular to their own setting.
  • Making recommendations based on proven best practices.

Registration for the Site Visit Workshop is closed.


If you have logistics questions or wish to ask for particular accessibility accommodations, please contact Stephanie Koziar Sweet.

If you have program-related questions, please contact Peggy DesAutels.