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Equity and DiversityThinking about Diversity workshop

The Queen’s Department of Philosophy is committed to the promotion of equity in its teaching, research and administration.

Academic philosophy has a diversity problem. No other discipline of comparable size in the humanities and social sciences has as few women. People of colour are also significantly underrepresented. That goes for philosophy departments in Canada, as well as the US and the UK.

The Queen’s Philosophy Department has been quite successful in its recruitment of women faculty and faculty of colour in comparison with philosophy departments elsewhere. But there is more to be done to make the Department representative of Canadian society. With the Truth and Reconciliation Report on Indigenous peoples at Queen’s, and the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity and Inclusion, we have the opportunity to take up important questions of equity. The Department seeks to foster a welcoming and supportive environment for everyone.

For more on efforts on these issues in the Queen's Philosophy Department, see this equity and diversity brochure.

Some general diversity and inclusion resources for philosophy