India-born girl is the Harvard University president

sruthi paliappan

The Hush Post| 10:38 am | two-minute-read

An Indian-American woman is the new president of the powerful student’s body of the prestigious Harvard University. Chennai born 20-year-old Sruthi Palaniappan is the new president of the student’s body. Her running mate Julia Huesa, 20, has been elected as vice-president.

Her parents migrated to the US from Chennai in 1992.

Palaniappan said the duo planned to improve the council’s communication with the student body in their initial days in office. “I think from the onset, better structuring the way we communicate with students is something that we need to already set the tone and plan for,” she said.

“I think we’re going to work on it before we even leave for break and just get off the ground running,” she told Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper of the varsity.

Palaniappan was the youngest delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July 2016.

Palaniappan and Huesa garnered 41.5 per cent of the votes. Their nearest opponents Nadine M Khoury and Arnav Agrawal, received 26.6 per cent of the votes.
They ran their campaign under the slogan “make Harvard home.”

The duo will take over from the outgoing president Catherine L Zhang and vice president Nicholas D Boucher.

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