So we asked UoM students about their BAME ROLE MODELS. This is what they said…

By Yvonne Lau

So we asked UoM students about their BAME ROLE MODELS. This is what they said…

~Kenneth To

“I like him because he is passionate about swimming, and the fact that he was trying hard to be connected with his culture (Hong Kong) inspires me a lot.”

Kenneth To was a young Hong Kong Australian swimmer who practised individual medley, freestyle, butterfly and breaststroke and was the holder of 16 Hong Kong national swimming records. He was born in Australia, and he successfully got used to the culture and represented Hong Kong as an athlete.

  • Dorcas, 1st year, Biomedical science



“Well, my BAME role model is Emmy, a youtuber from Taiwan. She is talented in cooking, creative and curious about everything. That’s why she makes great videos. And she has bees in her house!”

  • Sebastian, 1st year, Biomedical science


~LeBron James

“My role model is LeBron James. I am always inspired by his spirit…He wants to be THE BEST.  EVERYDAY. EVERY GAME”

  • Prasham and Payal, 1st year, Economics


~Malorie Blackburn

A British writer

“She highlights racism in a unique style. She writes easily accessible books that impressionable children can read, conveying the harrowing nature of racism in a non-preachy way”

  • Chris Tayib, 1st year, Psychology


~My course mate

“My course mate is simply amazing. She is really hard working and I admire her for her hard work on slam poetry.”

  • Ottillie, 1st year, Drama


~Courtney Daniella

An entrepreneur, influencer, Youtuber

“She’s a Cambridge student from Ghana! She has loads of motivational videos. She’s really inspirational!!”

  • Kirsten McDonalds, 1st year, History


~My Chinese teacher from Taiwan

“She taught us how to work efficiently. She was different from other teachers, she looked at things from my point of view. She had a unique approach to teaching- rather than making us just memorise everything, she made discussions so we can think more deeply about things.”

  • Alice, 3rd year exchange student from Taiwan, Literature


~Jameela Jamil

An Indian British actress, presenter, activist 

“She expresses what she feels. She expresses what she sees wrong in the society. If she’s angry she lets it be known!”

  • Samantha, Masters, Human Rights & Law


“As a Black woman, she has given herself, other women, and other Black women a voice.”

  • Dzentra, Masters, Human Rights & Law


~Barack Obama

“He’s a cool guy. He’s different.. and his politics aren’t that crazy.”

  • Matt, second year, Politics


~Jackie Chan

Martial artist, actor, film director, producer, ‘a nice guy’.

“He’s physically fit and humble. He’s done well for himself.”

  • Tom, first year, Chemical Engineering