Young Leader Michael Reaves Shadows NHPHA Board

Michael Reaves2Michael Reaves has a seat at the table. The 27-year-old Southern New Hampshire University graduate student is attending monthly meetings of the NHPHA Board of Directors, as part of his experience as an Equity Leadership Fellow. He sits as a non-voting member, with Marcella Bobinsky acting as his board champion.   Michael Reaves has a seat at the table. The 27-year-old Southern New Hampshire University graduate student is attending monthly meetings of the NHPHA Board of Directors, as part of his experience as an Equity Leadership Fellow. He sits as a non-voting member, with Marcella Bobinsky acting as his board champion. 
 
The Health and Equity Partnership created the fellowship (ELF), now in its fourth year, to support the development of experienced leaders of color. Reaves, while earning a degree in higher education administration, has served for two years as assistant director of diversity at SNHU. 

“New Hampshire is becoming more diverse in terms of race, and is learning how to define equity,” Reaves says. “People are making decisions about groups that are not sitting at the table. We need more people who represent communities that are marginalized to have a voice in creating and designing programs that meet their needs.”

In addition to shadowing the NHPHA Board, he attends learning sessions to develop concrete leadership skills and deepen his understanding of an equity framework. He is paired with a mentor, Manuel Irvin, who offers experience and guidance. 

Reaves is passionate about youth outreach, at both the college and high school level. One of his goals as he continues his career is helping to address the opioid crisis. 
 
Reaves has not served on a board, and sees this as an excellent opportunity to learn about board structure and how to get involved.
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