SW2Harvard: Inspirational student crowdfunding to secure her place at Harvard


From Tulse Hill, South London, FionaAsiedu used to attend La Retraite RC Girls School and says that initially Oxford University seemed ‘out of reach’ but, now in her final year of an Experimental Psychology undergraduate degree at the prestigious university, Asiedu is determined to continue on her path of academic excellence.

SW2Harvard is an online crowdfunding campaign which Asiedu hopes will raise enough money for her to be able to begin a Master’s course in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education this August, on which she has been offered a place.

Explaining her motivation to enrol in the course, the young academic said:

I am particularly interested in psychological development of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, specifically ethnic minorities and those from working class backgrounds. Within the U.K., these groups face many social adversities, ranging from, marginalisation, to stereotypes, to inequality in education and employment. All of which negatively impact psychological development, leading to low confidence and motivation, low aspirations and mental health issues.

Studying Human Development and Psychology will equip me with the knowledge and skills necessary to generate effective interventions, particularly targeted at young people, to uphold healthy psychological development within this community.

In the future, I would also like to go into research concerning how psychological development of young people from socially disadvantaged and ethnic backgrounds can be implemented within education, for example, how the cultural relevance of education and the curriculum can be used for empowerment. I hope that this research will go on to shape British Education Policy.

The response to the online campaign so far has been incredibly positive, with almost 200 supporters making donations, helped along significantly by a very generous £9,000 donation from grime star Stormzy.

If you want to help Fiona achieve her commendable goal then head over to the crowdfunding page where you can learn more, share and donate.

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