Research & Community Engagement Associate
Shekinah Hoffman, M.A. is the Research & Community Engagement Associate at UNLV IGI and pursuing her Ph.D. in Sociology at Washington State University.
At IGI, Shekinah founded the Young Executive Scholars Hospitality & Tourism Program (YES), a rigorous hospitality and leadership development summer program for Las Vegas’ under-resourced youth. In 2019, she was awarded the UNLV Office of Community Engagement’s university-wide Faculty/Staff Outreach Award for YES. Shekinah also founded Battle Born Girls Innovate (BBGI), an immersive STEM program for young women from Las Vegas' low-income communities. In her part-time role, Shekinah oversees YES, BBGI, and other Leaderverse research and education initiatives.
Shekinah’s dissertation focuses on the gender leadership gap in casino gaming, taking a mixed methods approach to understanding how and why the gap persists. In 2018, Dr. Toni Repetti and Shekinah 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, “Unstacking the Odds,” to learn more about their study. In 2020, Dr. Repetti and Shekinah published a follow up to their 2018 study, “Where Women Stand in Tribal vs. Non-Tribal Gaming Leadership,” which looks at the representation of women in tribal vs. non-tribal gaming management. Shekinah received her Master’s in Sociology from UNLV in 2018.
Prior to joining the IGI team, Shekinah graduated from Colorado State University and American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor’s in Communications. In D.C., Shekinah also worked at the American Gaming Association (AGA), where she oversaw Global Gaming Women, an mentorship, networking, and educational program for women in casino gaming.