Rhodes Scholar Groups
Scholars in Oxford organise many groups and activities themselves, including those featured below.
Black Association of Rhodes Scholars
The Black Association of Rhodes Scholars (BARS) is committed to creating an environment that encourages a diversity of perspectives, identities, and experiences, in which we facilitate dialogue about issues concerning Black peoples around the world. We aim to foster unity among Black Rhodes Scholars, both past and present. Also, we aspire to impact the Oxford community at large through service, advocacy and effective representation on University commissions that promote racial awareness, equality and diversity. We host a welcome event at the start of each academic year, meet termly for themed discussions, and every October, host events that celebrate the history and traditions of Black peoples for Black History Month. Past events include lectures on black leadership in the 21st century by Ghanaian President John Kufuor and entrepreneur Mo Ibrahim, and a Black women’s forum. All are welcome to join the organisation or attend events.
Co-Convenors: Karima Chiuri, Aryn Frazier, Cameron Clarke,
Global Scholars' Group
Now in its 9th year, the GLOBAL SCHOLARS GROUP (GSG) is a consortium of Rhodes, Gates, Clarendon, Chevening, Fulbright, Marshall, Churchill, and Commonwealth Scholars aiming to promote responsible citizenship by generating ideas and action aimed at addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. It achieves this goal primarily through the annual Global Scholars Symposium (GSS). GSS seeks to generate dialogue between prominent world leaders and its scholars, and is hosted in Oxford and Cambridge in alternative years. Past speakers at GSS include heasd of state, social justice activists, businesspeople, artists, writers, and philanthropists. GSS 2018 was held at Rhodes House in June, and the upcoming GSS will be held at the University of Cambridge in the spring term. GSG believes that the largest and most persistent global issues require a commitment to work across disciplines and generations to connect current expertise with ideas for tomorrow.
For more information, please visit globalscholars.co.uk.
Oxford Accessibility Project (OAP)
The OXFORD ACCESSIBILITY PROJECT (OAP) is a young not-for-profit that maps college accessibility for wheelchair users in Oxford, United Kingdom. Born out of Rhodes House, our members include more than 150 students and staff from all over Oxford.
Together, we’re mapping the accessibility of colleges to produce the first comprehensive college access guide available online to help both present and future students and visitors. You can find us online at https://oxfordaccessibilityproject.org
We are a young, socially-minded start-up that sees disability as diversity. We’re always looking for new members, so check us out online or email email@example.com to get involved!
Looking forward, we’re also launching a mobile app to map the accessibility of Oxford’s social venues. You can find out more at https://sociability.app
Contact Matt Pierri on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhodes Artificial Intelligence Lab (RAIL)
The RHODES ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB (RAIL) uses AI to tackle significant real-world problems. We create state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence to diagnose diseases, reduce emissions, discover new medicines, translate ancient languages, and more. We welcome Rhodes Scholars from all technical backgrounds. Teams include both engineers and strategists - from the most knowledgeable AI specialists to those who've never heard of machine learning.
Convenors: Saul Musker, Jory Fleming
Rhodes Asian & Asian Diaspora Forum
RHODES ASIAN AND ASIAN DIASPORA FORUM is a group for critically discussing the experiences of persons from Asia or from the Asian diaspora.
Convenors: Angela Yu; Abi Kulshrestha; Sean Lau;
RHODES BALL is the social event of the year, a chance for the Rhodes community to unwind and celebrate a year's hard work. This massive event is made possible by a small group of committed individuals who plan the Ball from inception to execution, including choosing the theme, fundraising, budgeting, decoration, music, food, drinks, entertainment, and more. A great Ball needs a great Ball Committee, so if you're interested in planning the party of the season, look out for our recruitment emails this fall. Enthusiasm, but not experience, necessary.
Rhodes China ForumThe RHODES CHINA FORUM is a fully inclusive organisation dedicated to learning about China. We believe that as the world's most populous state and second largest economy, China is an exciting and critical topic – geopolitically, economically, and culturally – for any international leader, particularly in the 21st Century. We have conducted academic and cultural exchanges to China, hosted debates on contemporary issues, held speeches by China experts, hosted Chinese delegations, discussed its deep history and literature, and highlighted Scholars' research and experience. We are building a network of Scholars engaged with China, and connecting with academic, business, social, and political groups in China.Convenors: Ni Xu, Xilin Jiang, Yuxuan ChenContact: email@example.com
Rhodes Christian Fellowship Group
Rhodes Christian Fellowship (RCF) aims to encourage one another on our walks with God, whether we have been Christians for a long time, are just beginning, or are simply interested in the faith. RCF is not limited to Rhodes Scholars; we warmly welcome any Oxford post-graduate students as well as their partners. During our term-time meetups, we typically discuss a passage of the Bible and pray with one another. We also have socials such as potlucks, movie evenings, and board game nights. RCF members come from many different Christian traditions; we deeply value the different perspectives scholars bring and enjoy learning from one other.
Convenors: Francis Kaping’a, Tania Loke
Rhodes Climate Change Group
Want to address climate change from within the Rhodes community? Join the RHODES CLIMATE SECRETARIAT as we organise climate-oriented events, including discussions in Michaelmas term at Rhodes House and a Climate Forum during the spring . We’re still defining our purpose and deciding how we can most effectively act, so we are eager for input on how to proceed. Other current projects include researching previous community-based efforts for addressing climate change and building a network among Scholars globally. Our focus is multidisciplinary, so individuals from all backgrounds are welcome.
Convenor: pending (indications of interest from current and new Scholars welcome)
Rhodes Creative Arts
RHODES CREATIVE ARTS aims to create a platform for Rhodes Scholars to share our creativity, to listen, to look, to engage, and to share our diverse artistic experiences and talents with one another. Our vision is to unite, empower and inspire people through the arts and to fill Rhodes House with regular opportunities for creative expression. Some of our ideas for the upcoming academic year include a Photo Walk led by Vinesh Rajpaul, a South African Rhodie and winner of multiple photography competitions (http://www.vineshrajpaul.com/Projects/Oxford/), as well as an interactive djembe drumming event, amongst others. We are looking for people with creative ideas, potential workshop or creative session facilitators, performers and artists, or anyone who wishes to attend such events, share their talents, or learn a new creative art form. Anyone with questions can email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also complete this form to express an interest in attending, facilitating, or organising events or workshops: https://goo.gl/forms/woe0hnPcyUMJeErV2/.
Convenors: pending (indications of interest from current and new Scholars welcome)
RHODES CRICKET play games in Trinity and through the summer, both against Oxford teams and teams from around the county. It's a casual, fun group that attempts to cater for people of all skill levels, where possible.
Convenor: Harj Narulla
Rhodes Football Club
RHODES FOOTBALL CLUB (Rhodes F.C.) is a large, co-ed group of Rhodes Scholars meeting throughout the year to play football (soccer). We play casually once a week, organize informal pick-up matches throughout the year, and have a Rhodes F.C. football team in the MCR League for those who want to play competitively on the weekend.
Anyone is welcome to play, from absolute beginners to women’s national team members; we’re all about having fun, bonding as a team, and getting some exercise.
Conveners: Spencer Dunleavy, Timur Ohloff, Josh Carter
Rhodes for Wellbeing
RHODES FOR WELLBEING (R4W) is a scholar-led group that promotes positive mental health within the Rhodes community. Settling into life in Oxford can be an exciting but also challenging time so we aim to support scholars through this process. We organize weekly activities such as jogging and yoga to assist with personal wellbeing, as well as discussions and external presentations that build productive dialogue around mental health. Finally, we work with Rhodes House to ensure that support networks and pathways to mental health assistance are clear and accessible.
Convenors: Rebecca Duke, Finn Lowery
The Rhodes Incubator (RI) is the first program of its kind to operate in the global Rhodes community, with the aim of harnessing the entrepreneurial energy of current and senior scholars. RI was officially launched at the 2017 Rhodes Ventures Forum. Our programme includes an IDEATE weekend, and an INCUBATE cycle consisting of weekly contact sessions, mentorship, workshops and venture fairs. We strongly believe that RI presents a fantastic opportunity for stimulating a venture-based approach to problem solving, innovation, and impact within the scholar community, and we can't wait to see what teams produce.
Convenors: Fuaad Coovadia, Ngoni Mugwisi, Aryn Frazier, Sizwe Mkwanazi
Rhodes Leadership Forum
The Rhodes Leadership Forum seeks to equip Scholars-in-residence with those leadership competencies necessary to the betterment of humankind. RLF aims to realise its mission by facilitating interactive lectures and panel discussions that will provide Scholars with transferable skills and an expanded conception of what leadership looks like.
Convenors: Shegufta Huma, Morgan Mohr, Christian Nattiel, Joshua Nott
We are a community of self-identifying LGBTQ scholars and partners here to help foster a space for the safe and comfortable expression of your gay, lesbian, bi, trans or other queer identity. Some other objectives include building awareness of LGTBQ people and causes between cultures, to discuss queer theory, and to have a good ol' time together.
Convenors: Harriet Horsfall, Jay Ruckelshaus & Grace Girard-Huckins
Rhodes Scholar Library
The RHODES SCHOLAR LIBRARY was started in the spring of 2015 with the aim of forming a collection of books that held significance to current and past Scholars. The collection is curated by the Scholars themselves, and these books have found a permanent place in Rhodes House. Today, the Scholar Library contains a wealth of books available for loan, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. These efforts have expanded to the global community of Scholars, so as to incorporate a wide range of perspectives; the Library is a place to challenge and be challenged by the opinions and creativity of others.
Contact: if you’re interested in joining a cohort of volunteer librarians, please get in touch with Aaron Gluck-Thaler (email@example.com), Angela Yu (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dhruva Bhat (email@example.com)!
Rhodes Scholar Africa Forum
The Rhodes Scholar Africa Forum (RSAF) is a scholar-led organization dedicated to increasing awareness of social, political and economic issues, supporting small-scale community development projects, and addressing and engaging with the historical relationship between the Rhodes Scholarship and the African continent. At the core of our work is our Grants Programme, which supports at least six organisations annually. Recently funded projects have included an urban community waste and recycling initiative in Kenya, a micro-credit funding scheme in Tanzania, and a post-conflict counselling programme in eastern DRC. We also provide remote strategic consultancy services to non-profit organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa with support from consultancy organisations including McKinsey and Bridgespan. We organise a number of events throughout the year, including our 'Welcome Day Auction' in Michaelmas, our 'Promises Auction' in Hilary, and our 'Rhodies and Friends Recital' in Trinity, which have become popular fixtures on the Rhodes community calendar. Funds raised at these events, along with scholar voluntary stipend deductions, serve as RSAF’s main source of income, and go toward supporting our grants program.
Convenors: Cameron Clarke and Qhayiya Magaqa
Secretary: Karima Chiuri
Rhodes Social Impact Group
The Rhodes Social Impact Group (RSIG) exists for Rhodes Scholars who want to make a difference at a local level and discuss the role of service in our professional and personal lives. RSIG organizes community-wide initiatives which give back to the community of Oxfordshire and connects scholars with opportunities to volunteer. We organize Service Socials when Rhodes Scholars in Oxford can give back together and build a community based on volunteering and direct, local action.
Group Leaders/ Convenors: Carley-Jane Stanton, Laura Roberts, Mary Dominic
Rhodes Women welcomes all scholars identifying as femme, genderqueer, non-binary and/or women. We seek to build community and fellowship across generations of scholars through events, mentoring, and collaboration with other groups. Our goal is to affirm and support one another while exploring ideas regarding gender and critically interrogating the social and political category of 'woman.'
Convenors: Shegufta Huma, Saman Tariq Malik, Morgan Mohr, Gauri Pillai
The listing of a group does not reflect a formal endorsement by the Rhodes Trust, nor do any opinions stated by them necessarily reflect those held by the Trust. They are independent groups, but are expected to demonstrate a sense of inclusivity and the scope for dialogue, debate and a diversity of views.