African American’s have been making strides as being ‘the firsts’ lately. Yale University student Kahlil Greene is set to become the university’s first black student body president.
Greene, now a junior at the university, campaigned on a four-part policy plan, which included, fostering a safer, healthier and more equitable campus culture.
“I was inspired to run so that I could amplify the voices of the underserved communities on campus,” Greene stated. “Especially students of color. So being the first black president, I feel like I’m in the position where I can really do that.”
Greene is an economics major and served on the Yale College Council prior to his election as president. He believes that Yale could be a more “diverse and inclusive” campus, and he is very grateful to be in a position to make this a reality.
During a recent interview with Fox News, Greene mentioned and paid homage to Edward Bouchet, who is recognized as the first African American to earn a Ph.D. at any American university when he received his doctorate in physics at Yale in 1876.
“You don’t necessarily grow up thinking you’re going to be the first person to do anything in this world, but if you work hard and you dream big, it can and will happen,” Greene stated.