Heather Radi-Bermudez is an instructor at Florida International University. She began her career as a public relations practitioner in agency and corporate settings before moving to marketing and internal communications and on to her latest work in academia and nonprofit organizations. Radi-Bermudez's research interests involve health communication and stigma communication in a digitized world. Her earlier work with nonprofits led a grassroots movement to create public awareness for teen dating violence in Greater Miami, which was recognized by Mayor Carlos Gimenez with a Mayoral Proclamation of “REAL Love Miami Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.” Bermudez is passionate about communications and is committed to providing students with hands-on, real-world experiences both in and out of the classroom bringing them closer to their fields and communities. She is co-director and faculty lead for BOLD, the student-run, faculty-led strategic communications agency at FIU.