I’m engaged in projects aimed at diversifying philosophy and encouraging university participation among underrepresented groups. In this capacity, I’ve contributed articles on philosophy and the history of science to A•STAR. This is an online platform founded by Compass, the University of Sydney’s schools outreach program aimed at increasing participation among Low Socio-Economic Status (Low SES), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and regional and remote students. As a Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales, I continued this work through their local program ASPIRE.
Within the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, I have fostered the inclusion of women. I was the co-founder of the Women in Philosophy initiative in 2012. Since then, I have committed to teaching underrepresented figures from the history of philosophy in my undergraduate courses, and have given talks on these figures in the Undergraduate Women in Philosophy Seminar series. I am also regularly found discussing Sarah Jane Leslie and Andrew Cimpian’s research on expectations of brilliance with philosophy undergraduates.
More recently, as part of the public exhibition I curated at The University of Sydney’s Fisher Library I have given public-facing talks and toured high-school aged students through the exhibition.
More generally, I have given numerous talks on philosophical and historical topics to high school students. Contact me at laura.kotevska[at]sydney.edu.au if you would like me to come to talk to your students!