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Harvard’s student newspaper elects 1st black woman leader

November 15, 2018

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University’s student newspaper will be led by a black woman for the first time in its 145-year history.

The Crimson announced this week that junior Kristine Guillaume was elected president of the paper and will take over Jan. 1.

The 20-year-old Guillaume told The Associated Press she’s honored to be a part of history at Harvard, which she said can feel “like a very white and male-dominated place.”

She added that she hopes her achievement helps other women of color feel that they belong on the Ivy League campus.

The president is the top job at the paper, helping coordinate the news and business operations. It’s elected by the previous year’s staff.

Guillaume, of New York City’s Queens neighborhood, is jointly studying African American studies, and history and literature.

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