Janelle Williams Melendrez has worked in higher education for over twenty years in both university and community college systems. Her experience spans residential life, counseling faculty, Professional Development, and administrator roles. In addition, she has served as a diversity and inclusion facilitator and has conducted anti-bias, inter\intra-group relations building, unconscious bias, cultural proficiency, and team building training with thousands of participants. Over the span of more than two decades, she has provided workshops and presentations for college and university settings, K-12 institutions, community organizations, non-profit groups, social service agencies, and law enforcement. Ms. Williams Melendrez has a Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in multiculturalism and cross-cultural education. She currently serves as the Acting Executive Director of Employee Equity, Inclusion, and Professional Development at Southwestern College in the southern region of San Diego County in California. She is a respected educator, professional developer, and conference speaker.