Michyah Thomas is a 2020 graduate of Hampton University with a degree in Political Science and History. She was raised in Roselle, NJ.
Michyah has always shown an extraordinary desire to help people and has a long-standing history of community service, loving and wanting to provide for her community. Throughout undergrad, she made strong efforts to implement positive changes to the university wide community; specifically around the issues of gender based violence and women’s health. In the Fall 2017 semester, she took the initiative to start a campus organization of her own in service of Reproductive Justice. Build on on that work, Michyah led a wonderful team that was able to implement many successful birth control advocacy campaigns that culminated in 2019 where she launched a nationally recognized peer-to-peer healthcare distribution model that has since been researched and replicated at several Historically Black institutions across the south. Upon her arrival at Hampton University in the Fall of 2016, Michyah was been blessed with the opportunity to learn and serve from amazing professors and through amazing organizations like Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NextGen America, NARAL Pro-Choice VA, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda and the Green Corps.
Upon graduation, she began her career as a teacher in Wilmington, Delaware teaching Social Justice and World History. Returning to the Repro Rising VA team this year, she has high hopes to live a life of love and continued service to her communities; advocating for women’s health, child welfare, sex education, and those experiencing gender-based violence.