For minorities in predominantly white institutions, the seemingly simple act of taking up space can be a form of resistance, especially within the realm of higher education.

In Taking Up Space, two recent Cambridge graduates, Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi, provide a ground-breaking guide and manifesto for change, tackling issues of access, unrepresentative curricula, discrimination in the classroom, the problems of activism, and life before and after university.

In conversation with Charlie Brinkhurst- Cuff, both authors will discuss this honest and empowering book, focusing on how diversity and inclusion are more than just buzzwords and what those words truly mean for young black girls today.

About The Host

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff is an award-winning writer, editor and columnist who writes about issues surrounding race, social justice and media. She oversees the editorial output of gal-dem; I Will Not Be Erased: Our Stories about Growing up as People of Colour is the collective’s debut book.

About The Speakers

Chelsea Kwakye

Chelsea Kwakye is a first-class honours History graduate from Homerton College, Cambridge. In her final year, she was Vice-President of the African-Caribbean Society. She is currently studying at the University of Law in preparation for a training contract with a city law firm in London.

Ore Ogunbiyi

Ore Ogunbiyi is an HSPS graduate from Jesus College, Cambridge. She has been behind the Benin Bronze repatriation campaign, the #BlackMenofCambridgeUniversity campaign and was also President of the university’s African-Caribbean Society. She has just graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s in Journalism.