I am very grateful for the opportunity to have been selected to work at PIKSI Penn State this summer. PIKSI stands for Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute. The Institutes are designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study of philosophy. It was a pleasure supporting Dr. Serene Khader as she directed the Penn State program, meeting, challenging, and mentoring students, and connecting with some new awesome colleagues.
We had some great speakers this summer. They included Kristie Dotson, Luvell Anderson, Talia Bettcher, Sarah Clark Miller, Lisa Guenther, and Nancy Tuana. We also read over 25 articles and book chapters during the 10 day institute. I learned so much about oppression, feminism, prisons, Trans issues, and more. I also learned how to improve my course preparation and how to write more effectively. I am grateful to the University of Illinois at Chicago for sponsoring me and for a great supporting cast at Penn State.
If you are an undergraduate or a philosophy graduate student, I recommend you apply for 2016. You will not regret it.