I have always believed it to be important to bring philosophy to groups that have traditionally lacked access to it.
Texas Prison Education Initiative
TPEI is a volunteer-run organization at the University of Texas at Austin offering credit-bearing
college courses through UT-Extension to incarcerated youth and adults at no cost to students.
This program had been running for some time at UT, but for some reason philosophers had yet
to engage with it. In the Spring of 2020, a small group of us decided to change that. We taught
"Contemporary Moral Problems" at Lockhart Women's Prison. Our syllabus can be found here.
More information can be found at the TPEI Website.
Corrupt the Youth
Corrupt the Youth is an outreach program that brings philosophy to high school students. It
principally works in Title I schools - schools with high numbers or high percentages of children
from low-income families. It was founded by Briana Toole when she was a graduate student at
UT-Austin, and it has since spread across the country. I have served as a volunteer instructor
for CTY on multiple occasions, primarily on issues in Applied Ethics.
More information can be found at the CTY Website.
This workshop brings together undergraduates from historically
underrepresented backgrounds for a weekend of philosophical
discussion. It started at Princeton, and we decided to bring it to
UT-Austin. I served as a volunteer instructor for the Social and
Political Philosophy section of the workshop.
More information can be found at the COMPASS Website.