Germantown Resident Elected President of Yale University’s Student Government
A Germantown student, Kahlil Greene, has been elected president of Yale College Council at the prestigious Ivy League university in New Haven, Conn. He is the first African-American to be elected as president of the Yale College Council, which is Yale University’s undergraduate student government.
Greene grew up in Germantown, where he attended Fox Chapel Elementary School and Neelsville Middle School. He spent his high school years at Poolesville High School’s program, where he was in the STEM-focused magnet program. He was a member of the Class of 2017 at Poolesville.
Currently a rising junior at Yale, (a member of the Class of 2021), Greene studies economics and political science and is an executive board member of the Yale Black Men’s Union, where he mentored youth in the local urban area and raised money for local charities and non-profits.
Greene, previously served as the finance director for the Yale College Council, ran unopposed on the ticket for the presidency.
Greene’s election in early April comes almost exactly one year after Yale made national headlines for the racial profiling of Lolade Siyonbola, the Black graduate student who had the police called on her when she was sleeping in her dorm’s common area. Shortly after Kahlil’s election, Yale again made national news when a Hamden police officer shot at two unarmed black residents of New Haven as they sat in a car. Among the top of Kahlil’s priorities is to be an advocate for increased responsibility and accountability of the University to people of color.
During his student-government tenure, Greene hopes to diminish the long-standing divide between college students and the New Haven community by leading initiatives that support local businesses and encourage students to engage with city residents.
Greene plans to implement a “4×4 Policy Plan” that focuses on four aspects: the facilitation of meaningful interactions between Yale and New Haven; the fostering of a safer, healthier and more equitable campus culture; the enhancement of the quality of the University’s academics and facilities; and the improvement of the YCC’s capacity to cater to student demands.
Captions: Germantown resident Kahlil Greene was elected President of the Yale College Council, Yale’s undergraduate student government.
Photo courtesy Kahlil Greene