Penn State Philosophy Wins $800,000 Grant For Diversity Initiatives


The Department of Philosophy at Penn State will receive an $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue and expand upon its previous work to promote diversity in philosophy.

The grant is “to advance efforts related to underrepresented students, including African-Americans, Latino/as, Native Americans, and others who have ‘demonstrated commitment to diversity in the academy and/or focus their graduate studies in critical philosophy of race,” according to a press release from the university. Professors Amy Allen and Robert Bernasconi will be leading the efforts, working with fellow faculty members Eduardo Mendieta and Kathryn Gines.

The grant will allow the Department of Philosophy to:

  • Expand existing recruitment efforts to identify and actively recruit students from underrepresented groups for graduate study in philosophy.
  • Expand and enrich Cultivating Underrepresented Students in Philosophy, an existing workshop for prospective graduate students.
  • Enhance existing mentoring programs for graduate students, including those from underrepresented groups.
  • Create a dissertation completion fellowship that would allow students who are advancing diversity through their experience or research to devote a full year to their dissertations.
  • Create a postdoctoral fellowship for recent doctoral students who are enhancing diversity through their experience or research.

More information here.

Carrie Mae Weems, “Color Real and Imagined”

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