The Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI) gives promising under-represented students the opportunity to work intensively with faculty mentors and their peers whose experiences and commitments resonate with their own. PIKSI makes it possible for these students to see that they can have a future in philosophy and that there is a place for them in the discipline.
We know that PIKSI has been valuable to the individual students who have been fellows over the last nine years. This Summer Institute is also vitally important to a discipline that has remained the least diverse of the humanities. The founders of PIKSI—they themselves senior feminist philosophers—drew from their own experiences in the profession to address the persistent lack of diversity in philosophy. They reflected on the obstacles they faced and the kinds of help they required to succeed; they envisioned how their successes, both individual and collective, in changing the field could be expanded even more. The result is a program that enables undergraduate students to pursue their passion for philosophy and honor the discipline’s legacy as an agent of personal and political transformation.
Maybe you know someone cheating in class. Or you know someone getting bullied or intimidated because of their beliefs. Or maybe you have experienced something like this yourself. It's not always easy or clear to decide what to do. We know.
The Rock Ethics Institute knows that you face ethical challenges in your personal life, as a student, and as a citizen. We can help. By working with you to develop tools to identify ethical challenges and issues, weigh options, and consider other viewpoints, we can help you take a stand for your beliefs and the interests of others.
The Principles Curriculum is designed to help you understand and live the values and principles that make us a community, that make us Penn State proud.
The Research Ethics Lecture Series creates a new opportunity for students, educators, researchers, and the members of the community to explore the impacts of science as being integrated in a broader social context and to be exposed to new ways of spotting how value claims, whether epistemic or moral, shape the scientific enterprise.