New Networking Group for Black Women in Philosophy

There are more than 11,000 members of the American Philosophical Association. According to Kathryn Gines, an assistant professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University, only 112 of these 11,000 philosophers are black. Less than 20 of these are black women.

In order to support the development of more African-American women in the field, the Collegium of Black Women Philosophers has been formed. It will hold its first conference this coming September at Vanderbilt University. The organization hopes to help fund the education of black women philosophers and to serve as a networking vehicle for African Americans in the field. “Sometimes all you need is a safe place where you can get some encouragement and mentoring,” Gines says.