Last month, we reported on the viral photos of young Black men from Yale University representing diversity on campus, while also encouraging Black students to apply to the prestigious Ivy League.
Across the Atlantic Ocean, it appears the same message is being made at Cambridge University.
The Cambridge University African-Caribbean Society conducted a photo shoot with 15 Black male students to show that, while they are flourishing on campus, they are doing so in small numbers.
“Inspired by the viral image of young Black men from Yale, the Cambridge ACS decided to capture just some of the Black men who contribute to one of the world’s most innovative intellectual spaces,” the organization notes on their Facebook page.
“In 2015, only 15 black, male undergraduates were accepted into Cambridge. However, it is important that despite their underrepresentation, we let young Black people know that this is something that they can aspire to.”
As reported by the BBC, of 3,449 students accepted into Cambridge during the 2015/2016 academic year, 38 defined themselves as Black, a proportion of just over one percent. This figure did not include any students who defined themselves on their application as mixed race
A 2015 Census Report found that 13 percent of the UK’s population identified as Black. Based on Cambridge’s acceptance rate, they should have accepted over 350 more Black students to reflect a fair share of the country’s demographic.
Dami Adebayo, who’s pictured in the photos, told the news outlet that he applied to Cambridge University because he “knew he was capable” but was unsure if it would be the “right place.”
“With a mindset like that, these types of institutions will never be the right place for people like me. Every student from a diverse background who applies and gets in here is a step towards changing that.”