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Partner with us

We very much welcome ideas for how to expand and improve our outreach initiatives. If you have any suggestions or questions, or if you are an educator, school administrator, program coordinator, community leader, or professional with an interest in philosophy, please contact our Outreach Director Michael Vazquez by email at michael.vazquez@unc.edu.

Our Outreach Director can put teachers in touch with specialists who can consult with them on theoretical issues or discuss practical aspects of teaching philosophy. We can help teachers to devise lesson plans and classroom activities, or to develop strategies to promote critical debate and thoughtful discussion. We can teach a short course on logical reasoning over a week; lead group debates on ethical topics during a single class period; discuss classic philosophical works or philosophical literature; run role-playing games to elucidate themes from rational-choice theory; help students to reflect on the scientific method and the sources of knowledge, and so much more.

As part of our initiative to expand access to philosophy, we look to partner with other programs, both at UNC and in the Triangle Area. Through interdisciplinary and community partnerships, we benefit from the dedication, experience, and insight of the many North Carolinians working to serve others. Also, we are able to share our time and resources with those committed to Outreach and, in doing so, we continue to expand access to philosophy in North Carolina.

The Outreach Program also seeks to help individuals on a case-by-case basis. If you are curious about philosophy but don’t know where to start, are looking for reading suggestions, want to know more about a historical philosopher, or are thinking through a moral dilemma, please feel free to contact the Outreach Director.

Here are just some examples of community partners with whom we have recently worked:

Bartlett Reserve Senior Living
C. A. Dillon Development Center
Carol Woods Retirement Community
Carolina Meadows Retirement Community
Cary Academy
Durham Academy
Morehead Planetarium
Morris Grove Elementary School
National High School Ethics Bowl
North Carolina Department of Public Safety
North Carolina School of Science and Math (NCSSM)
Northeast Regional Library
Phoenix Academy
Triangle Area Homeschool Ethics Club
UNC Office of Ethics and Policy

We are excited to announce several new partnerships in the coming weeks, as well as a streamlined presentation of our numerous community partnerships and outreach activities.