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Shekinah Hoffman

Special Project Coordinator
Department(s): International Gaming Institute
Office: SFB 303
Mail Code: 6037
Phone: 702-895-2549
Email: shekinah.hoffman@unlv.edu


Shekinah Hoffman, M.A. is Special Project Coordinator at UNLV IGI and pursuing her Ph.D. in Sociology. Her qualitative research focuses on the gender leadership gap in casino gaming, interviewing women to understand their challenges and experiences in the workplace. In 2018, Dr. Repetti and Hoffman published, “Glass Ceilings and Leaky Pipelines: Gender Disparity in the Casino Industry,” the first study on women in gaming management in over twenty years. Check out, “Understacking the Odds,” to learn more about their study. Hoffman received her Master’s in Sociology from UNLV. Her thesis is a collection of fifteen interviews with women managers from Las Vegas and Midwest casinos.

At IGI, Shekinah is responsible for the development and management of special projects and educational programs related to diversity, community, and industry relations. She founded and manages the Young Executive Scholars(YES) Hospitality & Tourism Program, a rigorous hospitality and leadership development summer program for Las Vegas’ under-resourced youth. She recently won the UNLV Office of Community Engagement’s university-wide Faculty/Staff Outreach Award for YES. She also founded and manages Battle Born Girls Innovate, an immersive STEM program for young women from Las Vegas' low-income communities.

Prior to relocating to Las Vegas, Hoffman graduated from Colorado State University and American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor’s in Communications. In D.C., Hoffman also worked at the American Gaming Association (AGA), where she managed Global Gaming Women, an mentorship, networking, and educational program for women in casino gaming.