An Indian-American woman Sruthi Palaniappan elected president of Harvard student body

Sruthi Palaniappan is 20-year-old Indian American. Her parents migrated to the US from Chennai in 1992. She is elected as president of the Harvard University Undergraduate Council.

Her running mate Julia Huesa, 20, was elected as vice president, according to an announcement by the Undergraduate Council Election Commission.

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Sruthi Palaniappan said the duo planned to work on improving 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.

Sruthi Palaniappan was the youngest delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July 2016. According to the report, Palaniappan and Huesa garnered nearly 41.5 percent of the votes as against their nearest opponent Nadine M Khoury and Arnav Agrawal, who received 26.6 percent of the votes.

They ran their campaign under the slogan “make Harvard home”. The duo, a long-time member of the Undergraduate Council, is scheduled to take over from the outgoing president Catherine L Zhang ’19 and vice president Nicholas D Boucher ’19.

Palaniappan is currently the council’s education committee chair.


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