The Philosophy Department Climate Page
We are committed to being a welcoming and inclusive community in which students, staff, and faculty members feel welcome and supported independently of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or national origin. We are especially concerned with ensuring that members of those groups, traditionally underrepresented in philosophy, find our department a welcoming place.
In 2013, the Department established a Climate Committee whose job it is to oversee and coordinate issues having to do with inclusiveness in the department and to work towards the establishment and maintenance of a good climate for all. To that end, the Committee organizes events designed to foster inclusiveness and formulates policy recommendations to the Chair, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and the Director of Graduate Studies as appropriate regarding issues of inclusiveness. The Committee also occasionally organizes surveys to learn more about how well we are succeeding at being a department each of whose members feels welcome in it.
For questions about the Climate Committee, for suggestions of activities or issues related to climate, and for concerns about any related issues, please contact the Climate Committee Chair.
The Climate Committee includes faculty members and graduate students from the Department of Philosophy. The faculty members include the Department Chair, the Director of Graduate Studies, a Climate Committee Chair appointed by the Department Chair, and (typically) one further faculty member appointed by the Climate Committee Chair. The student members of the committee, typically three in number, serve one-year terms and are appointed by the Climate Committee Chair in consultation with the previous year’s Climate Committee. Students interested in serving on the Climate Committee should contact the Climate Committee Chair by April 15 of the year prior to the year in which they might like to serve. The current climate committee members are listed here.
The department also has a chapter of MAP (Minorities and Philosophy). You can find information about ND MAP on its Facebook page.
Resources at Notre Dame
- John Lubker, Sexual Harassment Ombudsperson for the Graduate School (574-631-5778, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Dwight King, Law School Librarian, Discriminatory Harassment Ombudsperson (2303 Biolchini Hall, 574-631-3909, King.email@example.com)
- The Office of Institutional Equity. This is the place to look for Notre Dame's nondiscrimination and diversity policies, and resources regarding sexual and discriminatory harassment.
- Notre Dame's Family and Medical Leave policy (for Exempt and Non-Exempt Staff)
- Notre Dame Graduate School’s Childbirth and Adoption Accommodation Policy
- Notre Dame's International Student Services
External Programs and Workshops for Students:
Other Helpful Climate-Related Links and Resources
- APA Committee on the Status of Women
- APA Report on Minorities in Philosophy
- APA Report on Women in Philosophy
- Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Society for Women in Philosophy
Resources to help make your syllabus more inclusive
Patricia Blanchette, Chair
Samuel Newlands, ex officio
Blake Roeber, ex officio