In this striking video, Rhodes Scholars discuss their commitment to social justice, how change happens and their hopes for the 21st century:

For a list of Rhodes Scholars engaged in human rights, social justice and advocacy, please click here, and for a list of Rhodes Scholars focused on innovation and social change, please click here. Please note these lists are not definitive and they are constantly evolving.


Sidney Luckett (Orange Free State & Jesus 1969)

Dr. Luckett was appointed as Director of the Board of Social Responsibility (Anglican Church of Southern Africa) in 1980 and over the following decade he coordinated squatter camps and rural slums for community development workers. In this role Sidney was also an adviser to Archbishop Desmond Tutu. As one of the founders of the United Democratic Front (UDF), he served on the Western Cape as an executive, until his detention in 1985. After his release, together with other former UDF and church-based activists, he launched the Defiance and Standing for Truth campaigns.

After the transition to a democratic dispensation in South Africa he continued his commitment to deepening democratic processes, environmental justice and human rights issues in the rural KZN and the Western Cape provinces of South Africa.

Dr. Luckett retired at the end of 2014. He continues his commitment to global social justice as an executive member of Kurdish Human Rights Action Group South Africa and doing volunteer work for Basmeh Zeitooneh, providing psycho-social support for Syrian refugee children.  

Yusuf Randera-Rees (South Africa-at-Large & Oriel 2007)

Mr Randera-Rees left Oxford in 2009 after a MSc in Financial Economics and a MSc in African Studies. He is the founder of the Awethu Project which aims to incubate 500 entrepreneurs from under-resourced backgrounds each year.  The premise of the Awethu Project is simple: Look for entrepreneurial potential in young South Africans who have not had  access to systemic  opportunity and develop that.

“We think there's talent equivalent to anywhere in the world in Johannesburg, and across South Africa. This applies to any developing country where the social system has not addressed the aspirations of the majority. We wanted to create a model that does not use traditional metrics... A model that is not looking if you have a business, if you have the financials, if you have a metric…If everyone had all that, there wouldn't be a problem in the first place.”  Yusuf Randera-Rees

Roxanne Joyal (Manitoba & Hertford 2001) and Marc Kielburger (Ontario & Hertford 2000)

Two Rhodes Scholars who founded both Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner, and Me to We, an innovative social enterprise. Together, Marc and Roxanne combine philanthropy and business acumen with the goal of empowering children all over the world. Today, Free The Children has pioneered new ways to engage with communities across the globe. We Day is a series of annual events that brings together youth in Canada, the United States and the UK who are passionate about making a positive impact in their local communities and in the world at large. 

“Through We Day, we have the chance to literally see an entire generation of young people in North America and now the UK, get excited about changing the world. Young people have some of the most imaginative and driven minds out there and seeing what they are able to accomplish when given the right tools fuels hope for a better world, and further inspires us to do what we do.” Marc Kielburger