Colourpop montage of: Anne-Marie Imafidon, Naomi Kellman, Dambisa Moyo, Jasmine Richards, Marchelle Farrell and Catherine White


October is Black History Month, and we're highlighting the incredible achievements of black women with this year's theme 'Saluting our Sisters.' These women are shaping history, driving change, and strengthening communities

Published: 19 October 2023


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Join us as we showcase remarkable women from Oxford who have left their mark. They're champions of progress and pillars of strength. Let's dive into their stories, celebrating their impact and acknowledging how they've woven into Oxford University's rich tapestry.


Anne-Marie Imafidon smiling in a corridor outside STEMettes HQ

Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE (Keble, 2006)

The CEO and Founder of STEMettes, a charity aimed at encouraging more women to pursue careers in STEM, shares her experiences at Oxford, discusses the challenges and opportunities of being a woman in the tech industry, and shares her vision for the future. 

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naomi kellman

Naomi Kellman (Lincoln, 2008)

Naomi reflects on her Oxford journey and her role with Rare and Target Oxbridge, where she helps students from diverse backgrounds in accessing Oxford opportunities and achieving top internships and graduate positions. 

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Portrait of Dambisa Moyo

Dr Dambisa Moyo (St Antony’s, 1997)

Reflecting on her roots in Zambia and her time at Oxford, Dr Moyo delves into the complexities of global economics. As a celebrated economist and author, she highlights the importance of diverse voices in shaping global perspectives.

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Jasmine Richards

Jasmine Richards (LMH, 1999)

Jasmine shares her experience promoting BAME representation in children's books, discusses inclusivity at Oxford, and shares her perspective on what Black History Month means to her.

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Marchelle Farrell in her garden

Marchelle Farrell (Christ’s College, 2003)

Marchelle, a prizewinning author and consultant psychiatrist, delves into her journey from Trinidad and Tobago to the English countryside. Through the lens of her Caribbean heritage, she reflects on black identity, the historical weight of colonialism in botany, and her personal experiences navigating life in the UK.

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catherine white

Catherine White (St Edmund Hall, 2016)

Explore the Oxford journey, career, and aspirations of Catherine: actress, author, filmmaker, UN gender advisor and founder of Kusini Productions; a platform for empowering black women and girls through film.

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See the main website for all the events of the month