#BlackGirlMagic: Meet MIT’s First Black Woman Student Body President In 159 Year School History

By Duchess Magazine

Danielle Geathers, a black woman has been elected president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, becoming the first black woman to achieve the feat in the 159 year history of the undergraduate association for the first time.

Danielle Geathers who just finished her sophomore year at MIT and is majoring in mechanical engineering emerged successful
with running mate Yu Jing Chen earlier this month. “In terms of coming from that diversity space and being focused on promoting equity across MIT, it would kind of be important to have someone in the President’s role who’s focused on that,” she said.

Geathers is passionate about inclusion and intends to use her platform to bring about change: “Although some people think it is just a figurehead role, figureheads can matter in terms of people seeing themselves in terms of representation,” she said. “Seeing yourself at a college is kind of an important part of the admissions process.” About six percent of undergraduates at MIT are black and 47 percent are women, according to the school. “I think one thing that the election taught me was kind of the power of social media and how to leverage on new different resources to get the word out,” she said.


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