TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - The University of South Florida student body has elected its first president who is African American and female.
Britney Deas takes office May 6 after running unopposed in Friday's election.
"It's surreal," she told FOX 13 News. "I don't think it has sunk in."
Deas now gets to vote on the school's board of trustees, make committee appointments, and serve as a megaphone. She knew why she wanted the gig.
"I realized that student government is where you can really make a difference, in the lives of your peers," she said.
And she already has. Until now, none of the school's 59 student presidents have been both black and female.
"We are often so overlooked," she said.
Fellow students let Deas know they're glad she'll represent them for the year to come.
"I am so proud of you. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow."
"You opened doors for many black girls to come, congratulations."
"Killing the game and paving the road for future black women at USF."
Deas, who was born in Miami, says she was inspired by her mother, who was single.
"My mom worked really hard for me, sacrificed a lot for me to be where I am," Deas said.
Her campaign motto - "BULL SHIFT" - is about highlighting the best of USF.
SHIFT stands for success, health, innovation, finance, and tradition.
Among her many goals, Deas says she wants to create a center for homeless students, noting there are more than many people realize.
"Everyone wants to succeed, and that's not something a student should be worried about," she said.
And, after seeing campaigns work feverishly to get students registered in 2018, plus the battle over on-campus early voting, she wants to work with the state to create a system where registering for a public university would also register you to vote.
"Students should definitely have a say in the democratic process," he said. "It should be easier for students to vote."
Deas is a political science major who plans on going to law school. After that, she says you may see her name on a bigger kind of ballot.
"Fighting for a cause is something I really enjoy. It's really fun," she said. "Who knows. Maybe [as] mayor or governor!"