Michelle Staggers is a native of Stafford, Virginia who grew up playing lacrosse since the age of seven. Though she once placed her identity in being an African American lacrosse player and coach, Michelle is passionate about young athletes developing an identity outside of sports. She earned a degree in cultural anthropology from Duke University, and is a former member of the varsity women’s lacrosse team. Her thesis on the history of Black male athletes at Duke University, comparing the student-athlete experience in the 1970s to present day, was awarded the Winfred Quinton Holton Prize for Educational Research. Michelle was a featured panelist on the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. Commemoration panel titled Progress through Protest focused on justice in sport. As one of two Black women on the lacrosse team, Michelle co-founded the student organization United Black Athletes. For the past three years, Michelle has worked as an educator, coach, and the Director of Equity & Inclusion at an independent school in Virginia.