University of Virginia
Michaela is a 4th year student at the University of Virginia where she majors in History. Her research primarily inquires into the economic, political, and social status of the southern African American population in post-Reconstruction America and the mass migration of blacks out of the South during the twentieth century. Originally from northern New York, Michaela made history in her hometown of Newcomb when she graduated as valedictorian in 2015 and became the first African American student to graduate from the predominantly white school district. In addition to acting as the Programs Committee Chair for AL1GN, Michaela interns at the UVA Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center as a clinical research intern for the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN). In her free time, Michaela enjoys photography and traveling to new places. She plans on graduating in May and later pursuing a degree in law.