Diversity and Inclusiveness Statement
We—the staff, faculty and graduate students of the philosophy department at the University of Pittsburgh—are firmly committed to fostering a collegial, supportive and welcoming environment for all members of our professional community, regardless of sex, gender, sexuality, race, color, national origin, health or disability status, religion, age, or socio-economic background.
We acknowledge that there are important climate issues in our discipline, ranging from implicit bias and under-representation to outright prejudice and sexual misconduct. The latter of course must be addressed through fair, professional, and supportive procedures. But consciousness of all of these issues, a firm commitment to addressing them, and concrete steps toward doing so are important in many areas, including: recruitment and hiring, designing curricula, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, advising, placement, inviting speakers, chairing discussions, and running other professional and social events in our department.
In all cases we seek to encourage the ongoing reflection and open discussion on which the rigor, integrity, and vitality of our discipline depends. We are especially committed to actively encouraging broad participation, in particular from those who have been traditionally under-represented in philosophy.