The Department’s Climate Committee is a body of faculty members, staff, graduate and undergraduate students whose role is to oversee and coordinate issues having to do with inclusiveness and respect in the department, and to work towards the establishment and maintenance of a good climate for all. The Committee is especially concerned with ways in which the department is a welcoming one for members of groups traditionally under-represented in philosophy. The Committee works with other committees, such as MAP (see below), in sponsoring events designed to foster inclusiveness and respect. It reports to the Department, the Graduate Affairs Committee and the Undergraduate Affairs Committee, drawing attention to issues that in its view need addressing, proposing policy changes and bringing motions for consideration.
Dennis Klimchuk (Faculty), Chair of the committee
Meghan Winsby (Graduate Student)
Kayla McLaughlin (Undergraduate Student)
Elisa Kilbourne (Staff)
Tracy Isaacs (Faculty)
Carolyn McLeod (Faculty)
Christopher Viger (Faculty)
MAP is an internationally established group of philosophers from around the world who are committed to improving our profession with respect to both theoretical and practical issues regarding equity and diversity. There are MAP chapters in several countries around the world. Western’s chapter was officially approved on January 1, 2015, making it the third Canadian chapter (of a total of three).
For more information about MAP, please visit: http://www.mapforthegap.com, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org