LogIn is a project that aims to bring demographic diversity to logic and formal philosophy.
Noting that the mathematical sciences and philosophy have a disproportionately small number of racial/ethnic minorities and women in them, and that this underrepresentation is likely caused in part by some kind of “lack of comfort in the discipline,” the LogIn project
aims to overcome this by creating an inclusive community of students and researchers united by an interest in logic and formal philosophy. We aim to expose students to positive role models that they would otherwise not be able to interact with, and to create cooperation between students. We understand that one of the main factors for underrepresentation in academia is the socioeconomic one, but we aim to address the lack of role models and exposure. Studies conducted in STEM have shown that intervention programs with the aim of exposing students to the subject in a welcoming environment yield lower probabilities of drop out and higher probabilities of persisting in the STEM field of study compared to non-participants.
Created by Beatrice Buonaguidi, an MPhilStud student at Kings College London who works on non-classical set theories and hyperintensional logics, LogIn seeks to create “a virtual inclusive community centred around logic, to give students the opportunity to become passionate about logic and feel welcomed by the discipline.”
It’s tools for doing this include a podcast, a forthcoming diverse logic reading list, and the listing of opportunities dedicated to historically marginalized groups within the field.