GROUP - Graduate Recruitment of Underrepresented Philosophers

Each year the Department of Philosophy at UNC Charlotte hosts a Graduate Recruitment of Underrepresented Philosophers (GROUP) event: this year's event will be a 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 valuing different standpoints and experiences for the investigation and creation of knowledge.

Our M.A. program is housed in an interdisciplinary and intertraditional department, with teaching strengths and regular course offerings in areas such as Caribbean philosophy, Latin American and U.S. Latinx philosophy, Indigenous studies, feminist philosophy, critical philosophy of race, U.S. pragmatism, Marxism, healthcare ethics, philosophy of biology, global ethics, aesthetics, pop culture studies, and continental philosophy.

This year's virtual workshop will be held on October 27–28, 2021, via Zoom (schedule listed below). 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 faculty, and provide a general setting for prospective students to investigate what it means to pursue a graduate degree in Philosophy at UNC Charlotte.

The GROUP program blends the scholarly with the practical, workshopping the application process with prospective students and answering questions they have about how to create a strong application to our program and to philosophy graduate programs in general, including PhD programs.

Event Details for GROUP Virtual Event:

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
12:15-1:00PM - Graduate Life Panel (with recent graduates)
1:00-2:00PM - Meetings with Faculty
2:00-3:00PM - Graduate Application Workshop

Thursday, October 28, 2021
4:00-5:15PM - Graduate Seminar Visit with PHIL 6120: Philosophical Methods & Analysis (with Dr. Ruth Groenhout)

We welcome attendees from any underrepresented group(s) who are considering applying to graduate school in philosophy for Spring 2022 or 2022–23. Attendees are welcome to join us for all sessions or only select sessions.

To attend, please fill out this survey and we'll contact you with the meeting links and more information.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Philosophy's Graduate Program Director, Dr. Andrea Pitts at