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As a child, Abdulaziz Mohamed looked to Barack Obama for proof he could be president. On July 1, he became the first Somali American student-body president at the University of Minnesota.

Abdulaziz sometimes felt lost growing up between between two worlds: the Muslim community in Minneapolis and the mostly white schools in Stillwater. He found his voice in student government, he says, helping “people who have also struggled early in life.”