University of Cincinnati student president makes history

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University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati’s current student body president is making history as the first black woman in the school’s 199-year history to hold the position.

UC senior Megdelawit Habteselassie, a Dayton native, says she credits a strong network of women encouraging her to run for office. WCPO-TV reports the 22-year-old double major in neuroscience and organizational leadership says she hopes to pursue international law as a career after graduation.

Habteselassie says studies show that women need to be asked several times before they will consider running for elected office. She campaigned on a platform centered on improving student mental health.

Student Affairs Vice President Debra Merchant says Habteselassie has a knack for connecting with every student.

Habteselassie says she hopes her election opens doors for women after her.

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