UNLV is committed to cultivating environments and experiences that continually promote performance for a multi-generational, multiracial, multibackground workforce, as evidenced by UNLV’s Top Tier 2.0 Area of Promoting Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion. Those who demonstrate a high level of cultural intelligence are most effective at realizing this goal. This course will help participants deepen their understanding of how diversity, inclusion, and social justice help them foster an equitable environment. They will help participants to develop an intercultural mindset and acquire the skills to shift cultural perspective and adapt, or bridge, behavior to cultural commonality and difference in leadership, team, and decision-making situations.
- Dr. Makesha Spence, Principal Consultant at DRI Consulting and Managing Partner, DRIC Jamaica,
Dr. Makesha Spence is Principal Consultant at DRI Consulting and Managing Partner, DRIC Jamaica. She holds a PhD in Psychology and master's degree in Adult Education. As a former University President and faculty member, Dr. Spence is familiar with many of the realities faced by University stakeholders at all levels. She also has over 20 years’ experience in instructional design and training. Dr. Spence has designed and facilitated multiple sessions in the areas of Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Humility, Unconscious Bias, and Diversity.
- Dr. John Fennig, Executive Level Manager and Consultant
Dr. Fennig offers 30 plus years of experience as an executive level manager and consultant. And 30 years advising faculty and staff at over a dozen universities as coach, work team facilitator, trouble shooter, and reorganization expert. He has special skills and interests working with the gifted/talented and high potential leaders of medium and large public and private organizations, family-owned companies, and entrepreneurial start-ups. Clients of Dr. Fennig have learned and applied strategies in service to the dual goals of being cognitively and emotionally “smart”. Effective in their jobs at all levels
of leadership, and for what each real-world leadership situation calls for.
- Ashley Stephens, DRI Consulting Facilitator
Ashley Stephens is pursuing a Ph.D. in General Psychology, with a focus on Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Grand Canyon University. She has a Master of Social Work from East Tennessee State University and a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has primarily worked in the government sector but is currently providing services in healthcare. Ashley's experience and passion to expand her knowledge provides opportunities to grow in the areas of organizational development, team building, executive development, and training. She looks forward to assisting clients with their goals for growth as well.
- Dr. Daniel Birichi, Consultant at DRI Consulting
Dr. Daniel Birichi is a Consultant at DRI Consulting. He holds a PhD in Psychology and is a licensed psychologist. He also holds a master’s degree in counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His work within a higher education setting, focus on strengths-based interventions, and experience providing supervision/training are assets as a consultant. His expertise spans working with individuals, groups, and organizations. He is excited about providing coaching, assessment, and organizational-level services.