In the spring of 2012, DePaul
philosophy graduate students formed SURG (The Society for
Under-Represented Groups), which was met with the full support of the
Department of Philosophy. We exist primarily to support those from
under-represented groups who currently work and study in the department.
Secondarily, we seek to increase the number of students from
under-represented groups in the profession, beginning at home with our
own philosophy graduate program.
SURG provides support in a variety of ways, including:
- Organizing events for under-represented students and/or faculty, in
cooperation with the Department of Philosophy at DePaul, and
- Providing information to raise awareness about the specific challenges faced by under-represented students and/or faculty.
- Intervening at the individual or departmental level.
- Facilitating mentoring between and among faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.
On the broader scale, SURG is invested in improving the lot of
under-represented persons in philosophy across Chicago, the US, and
beyond, through forging connections with other academic departments and
SURG membership is open to all current graduate students in the
DePaul Philosophy graduate program.
If you are not a DePaul graduate
student but want information about SURG, or if you are a DePaul graduate
student and want to get involved in SURG or to arrange a confidential
meeting with a SURG coordinator to address a climate concern, please
Currently, SURG is working with
DePaul’s Department of Philosophy and the Department of Women’s and
Gender Studies to facilitate philosophy graduate students’ ability to
obtain the Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate. More information on
the WGS Certificate can be found here.