About Dhruvi Mirani:
Dhruvi is a junior at Glenelg High School, where he has been serving as Class of 2022 Student Government Association president for three years. He is also the Co-Captain of Glenelg Debate and has debated numerous topics ranging from the use of standardized tests in college admissions to the international maintenance of nuclear arsenals. Dhruvi is also the Vice President of Glenelg Democrats. In addition to organizing a meeting with his state senator, this past October, Dhruvi interviewed 2 then-candidates and now current members of the Board of Education about their visions for the Board of Education, inspiring him towards his own candidacy.
From 2018-2019, Dhruvi served on the Ellicott City Student Task Force to address the effects of historic flooding on local infrastructure. The group's proposed Emergency Public Alert System was adapted into County Executive Calvin Ball’s Ellicott City Safe and Sound program and implemented, along with other recommendations. Last summer, Dhruvi worked with public health researchers and legal experts from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Gun Policy and Research to assess and advocate for state and federal policies to reduce U.S. gun violence.
In the fall of 2020, Dhruvi served on the HCPSS Policy 9260 Review Committee on Student Search and Seizure. He presented evidence of an emerging consensus among legal scholars regarding the unconstitutionality of canine drug scans in public schools and subsequently introduced a motion to end all canine drug scans conducted by the Howard County Police Department in Howard County schools, which passed the committee on a supermajority vote. The Board of Education will soon be voting on his proposal, which expands students' Fourth Amendment protections, to take effect in the 2020-2021 school year. This year, he also serves as Policy Review Coordinator of the Howard County Association of Student Councils to help ensure that students have real, tangible influences on the decisions that affect them the most.
Some of Dhruvi’s primary platform stances include strengthening equity and fostering students’ mental health. He believes in further implementing restorative justice practices in our schools, mandating additional bystander intervention training for staff, and offering free menstrual products in school bathrooms. He also believes our schools need to prioritize students’ mental health by not only addressing the symptoms of the issue but also getting to its roots by relieving burdens on students, for example, through later school start times. Dhruvi also hopes to work towards making academics more inclusive and holistic by pushing for curriculum reform to cover LGBTQ+ topics in health education, emphasizing anti-racism in English and social studies classes, broadening financial literacy lessons, and reducing the reliance on standardized testing as a measure of student success.
In his free time, Dhruvi loves reading about history—both fiction and nonfiction. He also enjoys biographies and political memoirs. Feel free to ask him for a recommendation! He’s also interested in computer programming and runs websites including an HCPSS grade calculator as well as a tool that helps people reach their elected representatives in Congress because he strongly cares about accountability. That’s why he has promised that as SMOB, he’ll post a public schedule every single day so that students know he’s working for their interests outside of Board of Education meetings by talking to students individually, meeting with clubs and student organizations, and researching issues coming before the Board. It’s important to him that students feel comfortable communicating with the SMOB. Dhruvi also loves to listen to music: in 2020, he spent 88,026 minutes listening to Spotify. He's a big fan of Taylor Swift and Fleetwood Mac.
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