In 2019, LaShyra Nolen popularly known as Lash became the first black woman to be elected president at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Lash, who was born in Compton, California, said she found inspiration in the strength of women around her while growing up.
The medical student made the disclosure in an interview with Teen Vogue in which she said being the first black woman to be elected president of HMS would allow her to create an opportunity for others like her to hold positions of leadership at the institution.
GIOTV gathers that Lash said while applying to HMS, she did not see people who looked like her in the student council or position of leadership.
She said it is important to show that black people can also be the face of a university.
According to Lash, the society she found herself has a way of implicitly reminding young black girls what they cannot achieve and what they cannot be, while explicitly giving the green light to white men.