Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

Minorities and Philosophy Chapter

About Minorities and Philosophy

Loyola University Chicago's Philosophy Department is a new member of Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)! MAP is a collection of students in philosophy departments that aims to examine and address issues of underrepresented groups in academic philosophy. Each chapter aims broadly at addressing (a) issues regarding underrepresented groups in the profession, (b) theoretical issues regarding philosophy of gender, race, sexual orientation, class, disability, native language, etc., and (c) philosophy by those in underrepresented groups. 

For more information, email graduate student organizer Rebecca Valeriano-Flores (mvalerianoflores@luc.edu). 

Spring Events 

DateEventTime & LocationLink
February 16, 2019 Spring Luncheon and Group Trip 10:15AM - 2PM @ Clarke's & Northwestern University Facebook Event
March 29, 2019 Philosophy & Art Panel at the Museum of Contemporary Art 3PM - 5PM @ Museum of Contemporary Art  Facebook Event
April 5, 2019 Registration Q&A + Food Meet Up 2PM - 3:30PM @ IC 215 Facebook Event

MAP Essay Prize 2019 

Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) and the Philosophy Department is sponsoring an essay competition in tandem with the Undergraduate Philosophy Conference! The first prize award is $250, and there are two runner-up prizes for $100 each. It was an extremely close call, as all of our submissions were excellent. 

This year's award recipients: 

First Prize: Alexandra Frisch, "Exploring Consciousness: Nishida and the Feature Integration Theory" 

Runner-Up Prizes: Samantha Chipman, "The Symposium and Aeneid: How Two Accounts of Eros, Both Alike in Dignity, Culminate in Aeneas and Dido's Tragedy" and Alena Stankaitis, "Reflections on Ancient Eastern Philosophy: Marginalizing the Essential" 


Mentorship Program 

Now Accepting Applications to the 2019-20 MAP Mentorship Program! Applications are accepted year-round. 

The MAP mentorship program pairs undergraduates from underrepresented groups with philosophy graduate student mentors. We understand “underrepresented groups” to include BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ folks, women, folks of different abilities, international students, etc. This is a year-long program. You can be of any major or minor (not only philosophy)! 

The mentorship program exists to help foster interest in philosophy: undergrads will be paired with a grad student mentor who can guide you on all things philosophy! For example, with your mentor you could have a mini-reading group on a topic you’re interested in, get assistance with philosophy papers and projects, do research, present at a conference, or apply to graduate school. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in MAP events: we’re planning a group trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art next semester, plus film screenings, lunch meetups, talks, and more. Our first event will be a lunch discussion/reading group ahead of the Myisha Cherry talk in November!

You can be involved as much or as little as you’d like—even if that just means having coffee and talking about philosophy with your mentor every once in awhile. 

To apply to the program, undergraduate students should fill out this form application. We accept applications year-round.