Dr. Michelle Cox is an Extension-Educator of Youth Development for the University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign, where the organization’s primary mission is to lead in maximizing community and university resources to help youth, adults, and families reach their full potential. Dr. Cox holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Barat College, Lake Forest, IL and a master’s degree in Human Services as well as a doctoral degree in Education from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN.
She is a professional with a principal dedication for ensuring that all, no matter their situation or circumstances, have access to resources that empower, strengthen, and encourage success in all areas of life. With 25 years of diverse experience Dr. Cox’s vision encompasses providing individuals with affirming opportunities, experiences, and relationships that will inspire them to learn by doing, thrive by challenging themselves, advance by connecting, and lead by being an example. Dr. Cox is a certified Real Colors trainer and is also co-author of “Her Voice: A Legacy of Modeling, Mentoring, and Othermothering.”