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12 March 2014updated 28 Jun 2021 4:45am

#ITooAmOxford, #ITooAmCambridge – black and Asian students smash prejudice at elite universities

The photographic campaign exposes racial stereotypes.

By media mole

Following the success of the “I, too, am Harvard” project in the US, which sought to raise the profile of black students whose presence on campus is questioned, top universities in the UK have followed suit.

Black and Asian students at Oxford and Cambridge organised their own photoshoots to highlight the lazy stereotypes and prejudices they face on a daily basis.

The Oxford initiative, which can be seen in full here, states:

Hopefully this project will demonstrate that despite there being a greater number of students of colour studying at Oxford now than there has ever been before, there are still issues that need to be discussed.

Cambridge’s Black and Minority Ethnic campaign is running a similar project which ends on 13 March. The campaign’s vice president Millie Ngage told the student newspaper Varsity that self-identifying as BME wasn’t necessary to take part:

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I want students to feel interested in what we have to say, and even though it does not affect them directly understand that it affects their friends or people they know.

Photographs from both projects are republished with permission below. To find out more or get involved, take a look at the #ITooAmOxford, #ITooAmCambridge and #ITooAmHarvard hashtags on Twitter.

From I, Too, Am Oxford

From I, Too, Am Cambridge

From I, Too, Am Oxford

From I, Too, Am Cambridge

From I, Too, Am Oxford

From I, Too, Am Cambridge

From I, Too, Am Oxford

From I, Too, Am Cambridge

From I, Too, Am Oxford

From I, Too, Am Cambridge