EL PASO, Texas — Face masks and philosophy.
That may not appear to be a combo that naturally matches.
However for members of El Paso Neighborhood School’s Philosophy Membership, breaking expectations comes second nature.
The group’s mission is to place philosophy into motion, they usually have been concerned in numerous group service initiatives.
The membership has supplied Christmas presents for youngsters at shelters, cooked meals for homeless shelters on Thanksgiving and has collectively explored the philosophical implications of racism.
Their most noticeable achievement, nonetheless, has scored them recognition with an award from the American Philosophical Affiliation.
It has come through the Covid-19 pandemic because the membership sewed over 2,500 reusable face masks for migrant and homeless members of the group, distributing them on either side of the border.
The membership members do not receives a commission or graded for his or her service, and the group’s president says they’re stunned by the award.
“We had been shocked. However undoubtedly what we do is assist out that group, with out chasing any reward,” mentioned Jesus Guerra. “It is an honor, however we weren’t chasing it.”
The EPCC Philosophy Membership says along with these philanthropic initiatives, additionally it is dedicated to selling the participation of ladies and folks of colour in a discipline the place they’ve traditionally been excluded.
“Folks have a tendency to consider philosophers as white European males – like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. They do not actually consider a bunch of scholars from the U.S.-Mexico border making a distinction,” defined Manuela Gomez, an EPCC assistant professor of philosophy and the membership’s advisor.
“My college students are usually not simply students, however they’re additionally activists that go into either side of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez and attempt to put philosophy into motion, fingers on,” Gomez added.
For its service within the Borderland, the EPCC Philosophy Membership has been named a Neighborhood Champion.
Neighborhood Champions is sponsored by Albertsons and the El Paso Neighborhood Basis.