MIT elects first black woman student body president in its 159-year history

Danielle Geathers will be the president of the Undergraduate Association at MIT where about 6 percent of the graduates are black and 47 percent women, according to the school.

(CNN)Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have elected a black woman as president of the Undergraduate Association for the first time in the school's history.

Danielle Geathers and running mate Yu Jing Chen won the student government election earlier this month.
Geathers just finished her sophomore year at MIT and is majoring in mechanical engineering. She served as the diversity officer last year.
      "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.
        She said she plans to use her platform to make the school as inclusive as possible.