For the first time in Yale University’s 318-year history, a Black student will be at the helm of its student body. According to The Hill, Maryland native Kahlil Greene was selected to serve as president of the Yale College Council.
The college junior, who majors in economics and politics, was elected by his fellow classmates in May. He has a passion for civic engagement and one day hopes to pursue a career in politics. In his role as student body president, he wants to build a stronger sense of inclusivity at Yale and plans on addressing issues faced by students of color and underrepresented groups on campus. “I wanted to kind of amplify the voices of the underserved communities on campus, especially students of color. So, being the first black president, I feel like I’m in a position where I can really do that,” he said in a statement. Although Greene believes that Yale has a long way to go in regard to increasing diversity on campus, he says that his appointment is a step in the right direction.
There is more racial representation needed at Yale. According to the Philadelphia Tribune, only 7 percent of the Ivy League institution’s student population is Black. There have been several racist incidents that have taken place at the Connecticut-based university. In May 2018, a Black graduate student was reported to the police for taking a nap in her dorm’s common area; sparking outrage and giving birth to the #SleepingWhileBlack hashtag.
Despite being underrepresented at several Ivy League schools, Black students are rising up the ranks and taking on leadership roles. In November 2018 the Harvard Crimson—the country’s oldest college newspaper—appointed Kristine E. Guillaume to be it’s president, making her the first Black woman to take on the position.
Sasha Obama And Her Prom Date Broke The Internet
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I saw Sasha Obama trending and got scared but she just went to prom and served looks. pic.twitter.com/Ci52eHj8jl— joe bye, den ✌️ (@jPad) May 25, 2019
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Saw that Sasha Obama was trending and automatically wanted to throw hands, but baby girl just went to prom 😂. I was ready to fight lol.— Accidentally Thriving ✨ (@ChickFromQuip) May 25, 2019
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I came to twitter ready to defend Sasha Obama like she was my daughter. It was only prom pics, but I’m still waiting for one of you to line-step. pic.twitter.com/cuid7Wqok4— Taron...(Pronounced Tuh-Ron) (@TeflonScribbles) May 25, 2019
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Me seeing Sasha Obama trending and learning that it's prom pics. Ya boy was ready to square up. pic.twitter.com/8AUFd0YcT5— 🌎 ALEX-STABLISHMENT🇺🇸 (@GBralta) May 25, 2019
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I saw Sasha Obama trending & was ready for war... but she just went to prom 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/qSmFEeuFCn— Coke📬🏌🏿♂️🍺 (@Buzz_FlightYear) May 25, 2019
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Saw Sasha Obama trending and my fist automatically clenched up but it’s all good because she’s just growing up and served nothing but looks at prom pic.twitter.com/An4Cb9ioXW— lyss 🎄🎅🏽⛄️❄️ (@lyss_bear) May 25, 2019
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Ooooooh I came to fiiiiight when I saw Sasha Obama trending ok Twitter and I like everyone else was like “nobody better be messing with our niece” 😂 but all she did was grow up into a beautiful young woman and slay on her way to prom.❤️🎉🙌🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/UZvgUqsSPd— Le architok (@Le_Architok) May 25, 2019
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My baby Sasha Obama out there going to prom pic.twitter.com/7rNBjXdYIo— Andie (@andrea_kate_) May 25, 2019
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Between seeing Sasha Obama trending and then discovering that she went to prom I felt all of the emotions... pic.twitter.com/9DrcK3qSP7— MC Donut (@MC7Donna) May 25, 2019
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