July 10 2017, Pittsburgh summer program in philosophy of science for underrepresenteed groups

I am committed to improving the climate for women, persons with disabilities and minorities within the discipline of philosophy and in the community at large. The knowledge and energy to make this commitment a reality come from my experience as a woman of color in philosophy, my research interests in mental disorders and flourishing, my mentorship activities involving students with disabilities, underrepresented minorities in philosophy, underserved student populations and my experience as an international scholar at various academic communities hosting diverse populations.

It matters to me that my knowledge and skills have impact on real lives, whether in the classroom when I teach, or outside the classroom when I mentor.

In 2019, I received the American Philosophical Association’s “Mentoring the Mentors Workshop” participation grant to enhance my skills and resources as a mentor.

Here are some highlights from my recent mentorship experiences:

*At UTSA, I am mentor for some students in the McNair Scholars Program. I  also serve as a professional  mentor for a select number of MA students in the Philosophy and Classics Department.

*I gave a lecture on Philosophy of Psychiatry in the summer of 2017 at the Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups, hosted by the Center for Philosophy of Science at University of Pittsburgh. Here is a great write up about it.

*Mentor for Minorities and Philosophy (MAP)

MAP brings together a collection of students in philosophy departments who examine and address issues of minority participation in academic philosophy. I am actively involved in some initiatives spearheaded by MAP. I was invited as a speaker at  MAP sponsored events such as The Social Impact of Medicalizing Psychiatry conference  at the Western University in 2017. I  continue to support MAP initiatives.

*Mentor for students with disabilities at York University, Canada (2004-2010)

Image result for york universityI mentored students with psychiatric disabilities who were registered with the Counseling and Development Center at York University. In the course of six years, I mentored 10 students with a mental health disability, who were returning back to school after having taken a break due to their disability. My role as a mentor was to reintroduce them the basics of being a student. I taught them how to use the resources and facilities on campus, including libraries and computer labs, how to do scholarly research on the library database, and how to be their own advocates while negotiating academic accommodations in their classes. In short, I helped them make a successful transition from the hospital environment to the academic environment. During my mentorship at the Counseling and Development Center at York University, I also held annual workshops for students with disabilities on how to apply to graduate school.

*Alumni Namesake Mentor at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada (2012-present)

I am selected as an Alumni Namesake Mentor for the Learning Commu2ities Initiative at the University of Saskatchewan. At the University of Saskatchewan, a Learning Community (LC) is a small group of students who share common courses, interests, and/or residence. Learning Community students gather weekly, guided by two student Peer Mentors, and an Alumni Namesake Mentor, and together, they explore the dynamic potential of their local and global communities.Image result for saskatchewan university

I am a mentor for students in Economics 111.3 & Philosophy 140.3 (Rational Choice in the Global Economy) Learning Community. My role as a Namesake Mentor is to engage students in academically enriching discussions and self-directed learning, to facilitate community engagement within, between and beyond their educational environment, and enhance their academic and professional skills.