An African American student has been elected student body president at Yale University for the first time in the school’s history.

Kahlil Greene, a junior from Maryland, was elected by his classmates earlier this month as head of the Yale College Council, which was established in 1972.

I wanted to kind of amplify the voices of the underserved communities on campus, especially students of color,” Greene said Wednesday in an interview with a Fox affiliate in Washington, D.C. “So, being the first black president, I feel like I’m in a position where I can really do that.”

When asked during the interview about whether he feels pressure given the historical significance of his election, Greene said: “In a way, but I feel like it more so symbolizes the progress the university has made over the years for the journey we still have ahead of us.”

“I think that we can be a more diverse and inclusive campus, and I’m grateful for the role I’ll have in making it happen,” he added.

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