Now is certainly a time of extra pride in the Howard University community with the election of Howard alumna Sen. Kamala Harris as the nation’s vice president. In recent weeks there has been a distinct buzz among the student-athletes.

“I’m excited,” said Tiffany Hunt, senior lacrosse athlete and president of Howard’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). “When it came to all the options, which were all great, for the vice president selection by Vice President Biden, I really wanted her to get it. I feel with the work she’s done as a senator and in California, and rooting back to Howard, she’s always been into politics.

“I just love her personality,” she added. “She’s very raw and real, and so to have the first female vice president…be a Black woman and a Howard alumna, it’s a moment that you would have never imagined, but you’re so happy that it happened. Now you know there are more opportunities for women who look like me.”

As president of the SAAC, Hunt has heard the thoughts of other Howard Bison about Harris’ historic election. “Not everyone supports her, but the overall tone is we’re extremely proud to see a Howard alumna be in the second highest office,” Hunt said. “Coming to Howard, a lot of us students have huge passions, huge opinions and we all want to change the world in some way or form.”

Hunt knows that although many amazing people have graduated from Howard, including the late Chadwick Boseman, star of the “Black Panther” film, politicians Edward W. Brooke III and Elijah Cummings and writer Toni Morrison, not everyone knows about Howard. Harris’ election has brought the university center stage.

“Having her in the vice president’s office will allow the entire world to recognize how amazing and important a Howard education is and HBCU education is to African Americans,” said Hunt. “HBCUs are putting amazing Black people in positions of power.”

As for sports, it is still unknown whether spring sports, such as lacrosse, will take place in 2021. Hunt, a broadcast journalism major and sports administration minor, is medically ineligible due to concussions, but remains closely aligned with the team. She is currently home in New Jersey for the holidays, but will return to Washington, D.C. for the spring semester.

“My goal is to work in some form of media,” said Hunt, who is the lacrosse team’s social media manager. “I love all aspects of telling a story. My overall goal is to be a TV talk show host.”