As recent University of Cambridge graduates, Chelsea and Ore, experienced being a minority in a predominantly white institution. Their experiences led them to write Taking Up Space , a groundbreaking exploration of the problems of diversity in education. This manifesto for change is both a guide for black girls to navigate universities and higher education and a call for change in these white dominated institutions more widely.
Chelsea Kwakye is a first-class honours History graduate from Homerton College, Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge, she was the only black girl in her year group of around 200 to read History. In her final year, she was Vice-President of the African-Caribbean Society and competed in a Cambridge vs. Oxford Varsity Athletics match. She is currently studying at the University of Law in preparation for a training contract with a city law firm in London. When Chelsea isn’t working, she is listening to music, walking around London and being “hip-Aunty” Chelsea to her two nieces and two nephews.
Ore Ogunbiyi is a Nigerian-British Politics and International Relations graduate from Jesus College, Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge, she pioneered the Benin Bronze Repatriation campaign, the #BlackMenofCambridgeUniversity campaign and was President of the African-Caribbean Society. She has since completed a Masters in Journalism at Columbia University, New York and is currently working as a Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the Vice President of Nigeria. If she’s not reading articles about misogynoir in medicine or Nigeria’s brain drain, she is probably deciding what color eyeshadow she should wear next!