Michelle Dew was the first person in her family to attend and graduate from college. An alumnus of Maricopa Community Colleges, she serves as a Communication faculty member at GateWay Community College. Michelle holds an M.A. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in advocacy from Arizona State University. Her areas of focus include identity, active listening, interpersonal relationships, inclusion, equity, and nonviolent communication. In addition to teaching, she serves as a diversity and inclusion facilitator for the Maricopa Community Colleges. Michelle is also a volunteer on the Healing Racism Committee; a group that facilitates public dialogues around topics related to racism, Arizona communities, and American society. When she’s not teaching, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, watch movies, read, create music playlists, and hike.