- Sophomore Danielle Geathers has been elected as president of the student body at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- The mechanical engineering major student makes history as the first-ever black woman to be elected president of the undergraduate association at MIT
- Sophomore Danielle Geathers is also the founder of Talented Ten
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Sophomore Danielle Geathers has irked her name in the history books after being elected the first-ever black female president of the undergraduate association at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
She makes history as the first black woman to lead the student body as president at MIT since the school was founded on April 10, 1861.
Geathers, is currently a mechanical engineering major.
Speaking to the institute’s paper, Geathers said she is hopeful that the latest history in the school will defeat perceptions that the school is still mostly white and male-dominated.
''A black female in that role will squash every perception that MIT is still mostly white and male,''becauseofthemwecan.com quotes Geathers as saying.
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Geathers is also the founder of Talented Ten, a programme she introduced before running for the position.
Talented Ten focuses on increasing applications and enrollment among black women at MIT by pairing high school juniors with current students.
Parts of a statement of the organisation’s website highlights that Geathers created Talented Ten because she ''understands the value that black females bring to campus while also understanding the tremendous loss the MIT community experiences when a qualified, underrepresented minority student chooses to not enroll.''
Earlier in 2020, YEN.com.gh reported that Dr. Lori S. White attained a laudable feat after being named the 21st president of DePauw University, becoming the first woman African-American president.
White was unanimously voted into office by the Depauw University Board of Trustees.
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