Minorities & Philosophy (MAP) at Wayne State
MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) is an organization designed to celebrate and promote voices, perspectives, and work from groups that are marginalized or underrepresented in mainstream philosophy, and to discuss and address issues faced by members of those groups in the classroom, profession, or society. MAP has chapters at universities all over the world; Wayne State's chapter was founded in 2018.
Though the format of MAP varies from school to school, each chapter aims broadly at address (a) minority issues 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). 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. mapforthegap.com
All students are welcome to participate in MAP, and we especially encourage members of underrepresented groups to consider participating or joining us for meetings and events.
For further information about our MAP chapter or to be added to our mailing list, please contact Professor Josh Wilburn.