Tufts University Elects First Black Female Student Body President

A pre-med junior studying biomedical engineering Amma Agyei has become the first Black woman elected to as Tufts University’s student body president.

According to WBZ News Radio, many of Agyei’s peers urged her to run for the position. Agyei opted to promote unity and togetherness in her campaign on her way to making history.

“I consider myself a unifier, and [at first] I didn’t think my interests aligned with so many different groups on this campus,” Agyei told WBZ News Radio. “But then I realized we actually see eye-to-eye 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 accomplishment is still rather new. The Tufts Daily said that April 24 marked when Agyei won the Tufts Community Union Senate presidential election by the Tufts Elections Commission (ECOM). She will serve as president in the 2021-22 academic year.

Agyei was born in Ghana and moved to the U.S. during her junior year of high school. During 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 prospective Black students.

The college student took time to thank supporters by posting a message on Instagram.

“Thank you all for your support, I couldn’t have done this without you. We made history in this campaign and I’m so excited to continue working with all of you as your next President! ❤️”

Tufts’ new student body president is already mentioning long term goals. “It’s really exciting to make history,” Agyei also said in the interview with The Tufts Daily. “[I want to] pave the way for other Black women to be TCU president.”