Miami native Danielle Geathers has become the first Black woman to hold the office of student body president at Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT), named the world’s top university by QS World University Rankings for 2019-20.
The results of the campus wide election were released on May 2.
Geathers, a junior, chose fellow activist Yu Jing Chen, an Asian American woman, as her running mate.
“I see the Undergraduate Association (UA) as an underutilized engagement tool that will be essential as MIT designs and implements its plan for COVID-19,” said Geathers. “I am excited about the opportunity to amplify underrepresented student.
voices and make the UA more visible as a both support resource and efficient communication channel.”
She ran on a platform of “Unity, Equity, Authenticity,’’ which she plans to demonstrate by uniting and amplifying the voice of the multicultural student body who she ran to empower.
She recounts her first year when she felt the MIT’s student government was less than supportive of its incoming freshmen. Geathers said she will spend the next year putting systems in place to ensure future freshman are given the foundation they need to succeed within student life.
Before attending MIT, Geathers was a student at Miami Country Day School in Miami Shores.
Geathers and Chin were endorsed by the Black Student Union’s Leadership, three Class Council presidents and the Chinese Student’s Club.
Launched Talented Ten
A mechanical engineering major, Geathers finished her sophomore year with a recruitment project to purchase and send 250 books recommended by current MIT students, to potential Class of 2024 members, as well as launching Talented Ten, a program she created to increase the matriculation rate of Black women at MIT.
Geathers is currently focused on shifting student government to have a bigger policy focus, as well as a larger impact regarding national issues such as COVID-19, new Title IX regulations and racial inequality.