Collegium of Black Women Philosophers

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The Collegium of Black Women Philosophers (CBWP) is an organization which was created to increase the visibility of black women in the field of philosophy and to allow greater networking and mentoring opportunities for these women. The organization is currently based at Penn State University.[1]


The first meeting of CBWP took place in 2007.[2] The organization was founded by Kathryn Gines.[3][4] Gines felt that it was important to address the issue of the small number of black women in the field of philosophy.[5] Gines reached out black women by email and was able to contact all thirty-one African American women professors, many of which were able to attend the first conference.[6] The first conference was held at Vanderbilt University in 2008 and included Joyce Mitchell Cook, the first African American woman to earn a PhD in philosophy.[7]



  1. ^ Patel, Vimal (27 March 2016). "Diversifying a Discipline" (PDF). The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  2. ^ "The My-Stery: Black Women Who Are Philosophers". Aker: Futuristically Ancient. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Collegium of Black Women Philosophers". Feminist Philosophy. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  4. ^ Davidson, Maria del Guadalupe; Gines, Kathyrn T.; Marcano, Donna-Dale (2010). "Introducion". Convergences: Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy. Albany: State University of New York Press. p. 2. ISBN 9781438432670.
  5. ^ "Collegium of Black Women Philosophers launched at Vanderbilt; Conference set for September". Vanderbilt News. 12 January 2007. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  6. ^ Oshana, Marina (2016). "Through the Looking Glass: What Philosophy Looks LIke From the Inside When You're Not Quite There". In Botts, Tina Fernandes. Philosophy and the Mixed Race Experience. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books. pp. 80–81. ISBN 9781498509428.
  7. ^ Romano 2013, p. 433.


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