“The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.”
– Paolo Freire
Jenn Wells, Ed. D. is an experienced professional with over 12 years in the field of education, holding her Bachelor of Arts degree in American Literature and Culture with an Education Studies minor from UCLA and her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education/Student Personnel Administration from New York University. Jenn recently earned her Doctor of Education degree from the University of Southern California in Organizational Change & Leadership. Her dissertation focused on organizational resistance faced by chief diversity officers in small liberal arts colleges.
Through 10+ years of experience in the higher education sector, Jenn is a skilled professional in identifying, designing, and implementing effective and innovative diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, resources, and solutions; and influencing organizational change that promotes and supports the retention of diversity recruitment. She delivers multi-format programs and resources that connect diversity, inclusion, and equity goals with organizational values and mission. Jenn is skilled at designing and implementing trainings and workshops for all levels of an organization regarding best practices and tools for creating inclusive, healthy workplace environments that support people of all backgrounds. Jenn has experience in mitigating biased behavior and building positive, inclusive organizational cultures. To do this, Jenn develops diversity-focused programs, designs innovative learning experiences, and creates research-driven DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) strategies.
Jenn’s approach to consulting is grounded in the belief that “the knowledge is in the room” and utilizes the lived experiences of participants to give life to theories and conceptual frameworks of inclusion, equity, and justice. She values authenticity, an ethic of care, and individual efficacy in order to move toward and sustain change.