Published: 25th November 2020
Harvard University gets its first Black, elected student body president
Noah Harris, of Hattiesburg, was elected president of Harvard's Undergraduate Council on November 12, the Hattiesburg American reports
A 20-year-old from Mississippi has become the first Black, elected student body president at Harvard University.
Noah Harris, of Hattiesburg, was elected president of Harvard's Undergraduate Council on November 12, the Hattiesburg American reports. He is a junior who is majoring in government and co-chairs the Undergraduate Council's Black caucus.
Two other Black students have previously headed Harvard's Undergraduate Council, but Harris is the first Black man to be elected by the student body. Harris told the newspaper that he does not take the honour lightly.
Especially with everything that went on this summer with the death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, all the protests that went on in this moment of racial reckoning in this country," he said.
"This is a major statement by the Harvard student body to entrust a Black man with such an unprecedented moment in its history."
Harris ran on a platform of the diversity of inclusion with future Undergraduate Council Vice President Jenny Gan, a junior from Cleveland. Gan is studying neuroscience. The two said they want to focus on improving students' mental and physical health.