Amma Agyei, a junior pre-medical student studying biomedical engineering, is the first black woman to be elected president of the student body at Tufts University.
According to WBZ News Radio, many Agyei colleagues urged her to apply for the position. Agyei chose to promote unity and togetherness in her campaign on her path to history.
“I consider myself a unifier and [at first] I didn’t think my interests would coincide with so many different groups on this campus, ”Agyei told WBZ News Radio. “But then it became clear to me that we are actually on par on many issues, and [I said], ‘OK, we’re all trying to achieve one goal, why are we divided? Why don’t we come together ”
Agyei’s historic achievement is still fairly new. The Tufts Daily said that on April 24, Agyei won the Tufts Community Union Senate presidential election through the Tufts Elections Commission (ECOM). She will serve as president in the academic year 2021-22.
Agyei was born in Ghana and moved to the United States during her junior year. In an interview with The Tufts Daily, Agyei mentioned that one goal is to make Tufts – which is located in Massachusetts – a more welcoming environment for aspiring black students.
The student took time to thank the supporters by posting a message on Instagram.
“Thank you all for your support, I would not have been able to do this without you. We made history in this campaign and I am delighted to continue to work with all of you as your next President! ❤️ ”
The new president of the Tufts Student Union already mentions long-term goals. “It’s really exciting to make history,” Agyei said in an interview with The Tufts Daily. “[I want to] pave the way for other black women to become TCU President. “