- Stella Patsikas
Stella is currently studying for her Masters in Ethnographic and Documentary Film at UCL. Stella has experience volunteering with many organisations including the youth climate activism group, Green New Deal Rising and the Migration Museum in Lewisham. She has participated in actions at the Houses of Parliament, challenging MPs on their solutions for the climate crisis. At the Migration Museum, she created a ‘Stories in Focus’ session for their current exhibition ‘Taking Care of Business’.
Dancing is her interest beyond her studies. She has been on the Leeds Street Dance Committee during her undergrad and is now a professional Samba Dancer for her Brazilian samba school in Chalk Farm, Paraíso School of Samba; with whom she parades in Notting Hill Carnival every year!
Stella's favourite quote: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive and do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style." - Maya Angelou.
- Ra’eesah Kai
Ra’eesah is a multifaceted creative within theatre, film, music and spoken word. As a performer, she can be seen acting and singing and she also enjoys filmmaking; in particular, video editing.
She enjoys creating opportunities and advocating for young people, with a focus on increasing access to spaces for underrepresented people and encouraging them to use creativity as a form of self-expression and a tool for building connections with the self and the community.
Ra’eesahs’ favourite quote is: “What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” - Erin Hanson
- Ore Shoyinka
Ore is an award-winning first-class Law with Human Rights graduate currently studying her master’s in International Law and Governance at Durham University. She has a special interest in International Human Rights Law to which she dedicated her dissertation, “Discussing the right to higher education in England and analysing the actions of the government in relation to Article 13 of the ICESCR.”
Alongside her undergraduate studies, Ore was a player in the women’s basketball team and continues to play now. She also loves watching K-dramas and practising Muay Thai.
Ore’s favourite is: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi.
- Frances Fraser
Frances is currently in her final year studying Religion, Society and Culture at Durham University. She has become particularly interested in the politics and legalities of migration and its intersection with religion. Alongside her studies, Frances has developed a love for tennis - a sport that makes her feel increasingly confident and powerful.
During the summer of 2023, Frances worked with Hackney Migrant Centre (HMC) in their communications team where she developed and produced a monthly newsletter for migrants and non-migrants to learn more about life at HMC.
With very nomadic parents, Frances has moved house more times than she can count but currently lives in Somerset in a village between Bath and Bristol. Whilst she enjoys the hustle and bustle of the city, the rural life is what really grounds her.
Frances’ favourite quote is: “The grass is always greener where you water it.” - Neil Barringham
- Oluchi Paula Apeja
Paula is currently studying Adult Nursing and hopes to later become a Midwife or Speech and Language Therapist. She has helped organise many youth gatherings and events within her church and community and enjoys writing stories and designing.
Paula’s favourite quote is: “Does worry add anything to your life? Can it add one more year or even one day? So if worrying adds nothing, but actually subtracts from your life, why would you worry about God's care of you?" - Luke 12:25-26 The Bible