Brigham Young University Elects First Black Student Body President
Brigham Young University students have elected the school’s first Black student body president. Rob Foster, 25, of Raleigh, N.C., and his running mate, Eisha Tengelsen, captured 43 percent of the campus vote — 2,580 of 5,959 votes cast for three sets of candidates last month.
Less than 1 percent of the students at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-owned school are Black.
“We want to make everyone feel more of a sense of belonging here,” Foster says. “We don’t want to split the campus up into the special interest or minority groups. We want to view the campus as a whole, unify the BYU campus.”
“I don’t plan on butting heads with the administration, but on building a Zion kind of communication,” he says.
A junior psychology major, Foster graduated from Millbrook High School in Raleigh in 1994.
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