Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

Our department strives to excel in fostering a diverse and inclusive environment and aims to promote a hospitable climate for all to pursue philosophy. We recognize the importance of including members and work of under-represented groups, and we actively pursue strategies to incorporate these in our pedagogy, research, and recruitment. On this page, you will find:

(1)  A statement of inclusion

(2)  Information about our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC)

(3)  Resources and contacts

Department Statement  

We at the Department of Philosophy at Duke University are committed to providing a welcoming and supportive learning environment for all members of our academic and professional community, regardless of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, health or disability status, citizenship status, political affiliation, age, or socio-economic background.

More About The Committee

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC) of the Department of Philosophy at Duke University is a standing committee drawn from faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The purpose of the DEIC is to support Duke University’s commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as the ongoing efforts of the philosophical community to foster a welcoming environment for all, including members of underrepresented and marginalized groups. In so doing, the DEIC embraces the American Philosophical Association’s goal of increasing inclusiveness in the discipline (see https://www.apaonline.org/members/group.aspx?id=110430).

To this end, the DEIC is tasked with collecting, assessing, and reporting data as well as developing actionable plans on issues pertaining to climate, diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department. The DEIC meets at least once per semester and is comprised of at least: the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of Graduate Studies (ex officio), two additional faculty members, two graduate student representatives (including at least one member of the MAP chapter), and two undergraduate student representatives. It reports to the Department Chair and informs the department faculty at its routine meetings on its progress and recommended actions to improve in any of these four areas. Members of the committee thereby facilitate communication and problem solving across these different areas of the department. 

Current members:  


Àsta (Diversity Officer) <asta.asta@duke.edu>

Felipe De Brigard (Director of Graduate Studies) <felipe.debrigard@duke.edu>

Andrew Janiak (Director of Undergraduate Studies) <janiak@duke.edu>

Wenjin Liu <wenjin.liu@duke.edu>

Graduate Students:

Shih-Han Huang <shihhan.huang@duke.edu>

Botian Liu <botian.liu@duke.edu>

Ben Sarbey <ben.sarbey@duke.edu>

Undergraduate Students:

William Feng <william.feng@duke.edu>

Kidest Wolde <kidest.wolde@duke.edu>


Additional resources 

Further information can be found here.

At Duke University: 

Duke University’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:


Office for Institutional Equity:


If you are experiencing difficulties, here are additional resources:



Bias Response


Emergency Assistance


Reporting a Concern/DukeReach


Women’s Center


In Durham and North Carolina:

 Durham Crisis Response