GROUP - Graduate Recruitment of Underrepresented Philosophers


Each year the Department of Philosophy at UNC Charlotte hosts a Graduate Recruitment of Underrepresented Philosophers (GROUP) event. The GROUP event is designed for promising prospective MA students in philosophy from traditionally underrepresented groups, such as women, LGBTQ and gender variant people, people from economically disadvantaged communities, religious minorities, people with disabilities, and all Black, Indigenous and other people of color, including Chicanxs and Latinxs, Indigenous people, Pacific Islanders, people of African descent, and people of Asian and Arab 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, Africana Philosophy, Latin American and U.S. Latinx philosophy, Indigenous philosophy, 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 workshop will be held on Monday, October 17th, 2022 on UNC Charlotte's main campus. Students will be introduced to the life of the department by attending a campus tour, a visit to one of our philosophy graduate seminars, an opportunity to meet with our current MA students, and a graduate program application workshop. We will also organize some one-on-one 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.

GROUP attendees will also have their hotel accommodations covered during their visit to Charlotte and are eligible to receive travel reimbursements of at least $150 for their gas or flight costs. 

Event Schedule for GROUP:

Monday, October 17, 2022
11:00AM-12:00PM - Welcome and MA Program Logistics Overview
12:00-1:30PM - Graduate Application Workshop (with boxed lunches)
1:30-2:15PM - Meetings with individual faculty members (or downtime to relax)
3:15-4:30PM - Keynote Lecture w/ Dr. Kimberly Harris (Univ. of Virginia): "Race and Sexual Objectification"
4:30-5:30PM - Pizza dinner in Winningham Lounge 
5:30-7:00PM - Visit to "Feminist Methods" graduate seminar with Dr. Elisabeth Paquette



We welcome attendees from any underrepresented group(s) who are considering applying to graduate school in philosophy for Spring 2023 or 2023–24. 

For consideration for the event, fill out this application and ask a professor/mentor in your department to send a brief letter of recommendation on your behalf to before Monday, Sept. 26th, 2022.

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

*This event is generously supported by a UNC Charlotte Inclusive Excellence Grant