RARE  RISINGSTARS 2012 The UK’s Top 10 Black Students
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Akilah Jeffers

University of Cambridge
BA English
Student politics
Akilah Jeffers

For Akilah Jeffers, politics is about powerful ideas, passionately delivered to the community, for the community and by the community � something she learnt after securing a place on the Prime Minister�s Global Fellowship in 2008. As a Fellow she travelled to Brazil for six weeks, where she learnt Portuguese, taught English and dance, and conducted research into global citizenship. She later presented her findings to then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street and was invited to speak at several events with audiences of up to 3000 people.

Since then, Akilah has embraced Cambridge�s student politics scene, serving as President of Cambridge University�s Black and Minority Ethnic Students� Campaign from 2010 to 2011. The Campaign seeks to enhance the experience of students from diverse backgrounds studying at the university and Akilah�s leadership won her the NUS Black Students Officer of the Year award.

�It�s all about making meaningful changes.�

Akilah has also held the position of Cambridge University Students� Union Secretary and was a 2012 Students� Union presidential candidate. However, politics isn�t the only way she expresses her commitment to community. As a participant of the Windsor Fellowship Leadership Programme for Undergraduates, Akilah spent the summer of 2011 on a six-week internship with Dyfed Powys Police in Wales, where she produced a report and recommendations on how to attract more people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds into the police force.

�I�ve had to juggle a demanding degree with commitments to causes that mean a lot to me. I�m proud of the contribution I�ve made to diversity on campus.�

She ranks organising Cambridge Union Society�s first ever Caribbean Christmas party and acting as President of the university�s Contemporary Dance Society amongst the highlights of her time in Cambridge.

Akilah starts work as a teacher with Teach First in September 2012.

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