The ivy Yale University has elected a Muslim student as the president of its student body, the first in the university’s 320-year history.
“As a Muslim woman, I have only been able to accomplish things so many of the things that I’ve been able to because of other people who have advocated for me and advocated for people like me,” Bayan Galal told WFSB.
“My goal was to pay that debt forward to future generations by delivering results for the Yale student body,” she added.
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Galal secured 56 per cent of the student body vote for Yale College Council President, making her the first Muslim in the university’s history to assume the student government presidency.
The young Muslim is a double major in molecular biology and global affairs, with a minor in global health study.
As part of her campaign for Yale College Council presidency, Galal emphasized a platform of “building a healthier Yale.”
“We have five central tenets of health – physical health, mental health, community health, academic health and financial health, and the goal was that as an administration, we would emphasize all five tenets of health by approaching it in a holistic way,” she said.
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Yale University is a private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut.
Founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution.
Galal’s achievement is not the first for Muslim students in Ivy League universities.
Earlier this year, Harvard Law Review named an Egyptian-American as the first Muslim president in its 134-year history, breaking barriers in one of the most coveted roles for a law student.