Michele Togbe is a senior at South County High School in Lorton, Virginia. She currently serves as the student member of the Fairfax County School Board, having been elected by her peers to represent 180,000 students on the governing body for America's 11th-largest school district. She previously served as a founding member of Fairfax County Public Schools' Student Equity Ambassador Leaders (SEALs) Program, founder and president of South County High School's Student Equity Coalition, vice president of the FCPS Superintendent's Advisory Council (SAC), national organizing director of the MyVote Project, and a member of the Fairfax County African-American Historical Marker Committee. Michele has been a leading advocate for increased mental health resources countywide, the incorporation of diverse perspectives in humanities courses, expanded civic education programs and career and technical education opportunities in low-income communities. Her work on the board has been featured by NBC, FFX Now, WTOP, and Fox 5. As a SEALs and SAC leader, she has drafted equity-focused policy with district leadership, presented at countywide staff forums, led statewide faculty workshops on identity-affirming history curriculum and presented annual policy recommendations to the school board surrounding educational equity. During her time at the MyVote project, Michele spearheaded nationwide voter education efforts for young people, especially those in minority communities. During the fall of 2021, she led a countywide Afghan refugee resource drive, providing essentials to families fleeing war in the Northern Virginia region. At the school level, she has collaborated with the administration and faculty to promote greater cross-cultural awareness, elevate student advocacy, and facilitate critical conversations among the student body. Through her work, Michele has expanded cultural awareness among members of all racial groups and created a more just learning environment in Virginia's public schools.
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