As Director of Equitable Analysis for the Equity Center, Michele leads the Center’s community-engaged data science work in support of a more equitable and just region. She has directed or supervised multiple community-based research projects in the Charlottesville community, including racial equity studies for the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless. She served as a co-PI of the Collaborative Regional Equity Atlas Grant, working with local community partners to build information resources for promoting equity and is the lead developer of the Regional Equity Atlas, which aims to provide tools for community members to engage the policy process and hold political leaders accountable. Additional work at the Equity Center has included creation of the COVID 19 Shelter in Place Burden Index, analysis of regional Frontline Workers, visualization of Charlottesville Police Department’s Stop and Frisk Records, the Albemarle County Equity Profile, and work surrounding the Picturing Climate exhibit.
Michele holds a half-time appointment in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy where she teaches courses on Equitable Policy, Public Interest Data Ethics and Practice, and Data Visualization. A first-gen college student, she helped develop and co-teach Project First Gen+ at UVA and has been a faculty affiliate in the Global Policy Center/Humanitarian Collaborative. Read about her Batten appointment.