Micalee has been an advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives in higher education for over a decade. She holds a Ph.D in History from Michigan State University where she studied labor history and community development in the US and South Africa. She has taught courses in History, Multiculturalism, and Gender Studies at Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, SUNY Plattsburgh, and Saint Michael’s College. At Saint Michael’s College, Micalee also worked as the Director for the Center for Women and Gender where she developed educational programming to make the campus a more inclusive and equitable educational experience for all students. She has also worked for the Department of Education’s Upward Bound Program where she tutored low-income and aspiring first-generation college students in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s public schools.
Micalee enjoys working to promote community development in creative ways. In 2015 she started the West End Quarterly, a local history publication devoted to the history and folklore of her hometown in Central Pennsylvania. Her research includes a growing collection of oral history interviews on topics such as quilting, farming, and hunting. In her free time, she enjoys running, kayaking, roller skating, and playing pinball with her partner, Melissa.