Using My Time & Talents

Service to the Profession

Editorial Advisory Board member: Journal of Philosophy of Emotion
Invited participant in Philosophy in an Inclusive Key (PIKSI) workshop for mentors of underrepresented philosophy students (January 2016)
“Jealousy” Editor: PhilPapers (2014-present)
Referee: Journal of Social Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, European Journal of Philosophy,  Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, and Oxford University Press
Session Chair: American Philosophical Association (Pacific 2012 & Eastern 2014)
Editorial Assistant: Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (2011–12)

Service to Schools, Departments, & Students

Salary Committee: BSU Philosophy Department (2016-17)
Led the creation of a Philosophy Majors’ Handbook: BSU Philosophy Program (2016)
Philosophy Club Co-Advisor: Ball State University (2015-18)
Student Awards & Activities Committee: BSU Philosophy Department (2015-18)
Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Task Force: Colby-Sawyer College (2014-15)
Undergraduate Research Task Force: Colby-Sawyer College (2014-15)
Pre-law Advisor: Colby-Sawyer College (2014-15)
Philosophy Curriculum Conversion with Craig Greenman: Colby-Sawyer College (2013–14)
Graduate Admissions Committee: UW Department of Philosophy (2009–10)
Research Assistant: UW Program on Values in Society (2009–10)
Curriculum Committee: UW Department of Philosophy (2008–09)
Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Coach: Regional and National Competitions (2007–08)

Conference Organization at the University of Washington

Co-organizer, “Approaching Dementia: Creativity and Ethics in Caring” (April 2010)
Registration Manager, Hypatia 25th Anniversary Conference (October 2009)
Assistant, Program on Values Conference on Global Justice (April 2009)
Graduate Student Conference Planning Committee (2006–07)

Community Service

Forward STEPS of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana (formerly TEAMWork for Quality Living) (2015-present)
Blood donor: American Red Cross (2002-present)
Volunteer ESL group conversation facilitator: Literacy Source (2009–2010)

Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is

Sometimes, in my ethics classes, we talk about donating money and other things to charitable organizations of various kinds. Some students raise lots of questions about which organizations are trustworthy or efficient, or just about which organizations are out there trying to deal with the problems under discussion. Simply put, those are great questions, but sadly, I do not have all the answers to them. Even if I did, I would want students to decide for themselves (based on good reasoning!) which causes they care about the most, and what priorities should govern any choices they make about donating their money, time, or other resources.

Nevertheless, it would feel dishonest to pretend that I don’t have opinions on these matters, and I would be giving up a chance to support causes that I really care about if I were never willing to talk candidly about them. So below I list some of the organizations that I support financially, in no particular order. I point curious people in this direction, not necessarily so that they will form the same priorities that I have, but in the hope that it will give them a starting place for further research and reflection.

And speaking of further research, some organizations, like GiveWell, are devoted entirely to researching, reviewing, and recommending charitable organizations on the basis of clearly articulated, objective criteria, so those resources can be a big help as well.

Give Directly (distributes electronic cash transfers to very poor families, to be used for what they know that they need the most)

Cool Effect (crowd-funds carbon emission reducing projects that are independently vetted by scientists)

Southern Poverty Law Center (uses litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy to fight hate & bigotry and to seek equal justice and equal opportunity for all)

Vote Smart (provides free, factual, unbiased information about candidates and elected officials to all Americans)

Planned Parenthood (provides reproductive health care, education, and advocacy worldwide)

ACLU (protects the rights & liberties guaranteed in the Constitution and other US laws)

Democracy Now! (independent, reliable news daily from around the world)

Jobs with Justice (advocates for workers’ rights and economic justice)

Vera Institute of Justice (works to secure equal justice, end mass incarceration, and strengthen families and communities)

NPR (National Public Radio, a publicly funded source of news and entertainment)

Mayday (a bipartisan political action committee  devoted to reducing the influence of money in American politics)

Kiva (a global microfinance organization that allows one to lend as little as $25 to people in need around the world, and to be repaid)

Reed College (a school that transformed my life in profoundly positive ways)

American Philosophical Association Fund for Diversity and Inclusiveness (supports projects designed to increase the presence and participation of underrepresented groups in academic philosophy)

Oxfam (working to eliminate the global injustice of poverty by addressing its structural causes and providing humanitarian assistance during disasters and conflicts)

If one does decide to donate money to some charitable organization or other, I recommend setting up a regularly recurring, automatic donation. The amount can be quite small and still make a big impact, since organizations can do their best work when they are able to rely on regular donations spread throughout the year. Setting up regularly recurring, automatic donations also allows you to plan your budget around your values, and commits you to making good on your intentions.

Charities that I have been doing research into lately, but haven’t yet started donating to include Solar Sister and the Equal Justice Initiative.