Bunmi Omisore

Bunmi OmisoreBunmi Omisore, a senior at Arundel High School, was sworn in as the 48th Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) on July 1, 2021.

Bunmi is the fifth Arundel High School student to serve on the Board, and the first since 2004-2005. Students have held a seat on the Board since 1974, when Andover High School’s Jeffrey Robinson served in an advisory capacity. Anne Arundel’s student member has had full voting rights since 1975 and is the only member of a local school board in the nation to have that status.

Bunmi is focusing her efforts on the post-COVID-19 return to school for students; curriculum revisions to include more representation of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and LGBTQ+ communities; expanding learning opportunities for neurodiverse students; and increasing education on healthy relationships for teens and dating violence prevention.

A first-generation American whose parents emigrated from Nigeria,  Bunmi is a co-founder of Arundel High School’s Equity Leadership Council, a group formed to address school-wide equity concerns. In that role, she has planned and led weekly forums and has helped to create professional development content for the school’s staff.

In addition, Bunmi has led an anti-racism book study for students and staff to explore issues of race and facilitated a similar study that was open to members of the Odenton, Crofton, and Gambrills communities.

She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Modern Divergence, a student-led organization centered around spreading awareness of mental health issues and neurodiversity. She also serves as a member of Superintendent George Arlotto’s Teen Advisory Committee in the 2020-2021 school year.

BOARD COMMITTEES: Equity (chair), Policy