Renee Bhatti-Klug (EdD) provides Cultural Intelligence (CI) training to ASU faculty, staff, and students through strategic programming and departmental support. She teaches a methodological process for CI that she has developed and validated through her research with faculty at ASU. She uses CI to help individuals operationalize responsive practices organizationally to create cultures of belonging.
Dr. Bhatti-Klug is an inclusion strategist, a nationally recognized facilitator, and an innovative leader and researcher committed to the topics of developing CI, building people-centered curricula, and promoting equitable practices. She has been educating students and training leaders from over 150 nations for 25 years. As a leader, Renee seeks to model the values of curiosity, empathy, and compassion, all through action-oriented and data-informed decision making.
As Arizona State University's first Senior International Educator (2015-2022), Renee equipped over 15,000 ASU community members through one-on-one consultations, departmental trainings, and large-scale initiatives, all focused on fostering culturally responsive and inclusive environments. Through this role, she also launched The Global Advocacy Certificate Program (GACP), in which over 2,000 ASU faculty and staff members have become Global or Advanced Global Advocates by attending monthly workshops to cultivate equity for and inclusion of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals and communities.
Currently, as the Director of Advocacy Initiatives through the International Students and Scholars Center (ISSC), Renee's work focuses on supporting ASU's international graduate students with resources to thrive academically, culturally, and socially. She also continues her work with faculty and staff through the GACP, training, and consulting.
For seventeen years prior to engaging in organizational change work, Renee served as a university faculty member, teaching composition, creative writing, literature, and language acquisition. Renee is a skilled practitioner in several leadership development tools, including the Enneagram, Intercultural Development Inventory, and Predictive Index.
Renee has lived in England and France, backpacked Europe, kayaked in Fiji, and trained teachers in Madagascar.
GLOBAL ADVOCACY CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (GACP and Advanced GACP)
ASU faculty and staff who wish to cultivate a globally-minded campus for international students and scholars can attend a series of workshops to broaden their awareness of cross-cultural topics and learn specific strategies for supporting culturally and linguistically diverse students in the classroom and workplace.
Learn more about becoming a Global Advocate and register here
RESOURCES (MORE COMING SOON!):
ASU Canvas International Student Support Forum for Faculty and Staff: View international guides, read current articles, and view relevant videos on understanding and supporting culturally and linguistically diverse students and colleagues:
Bhatti-Klug, R., & Amrein-Beardsley, A. (under review). Increasing cultural intelligence among university faculty: Toward more just educational spaces. Paper under review for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philadelphia, PA.
Peer Reviewer | Journal of Diversity in Higher Education
"Increasing Cultural Responsiveness Among University Faculty Through Cultural Intelligence Training." The European Conference on Education (ECE2022).
Scholar of Color mentorship recipient (2021). American Educational Research Association (AERA). 2021 Division K Graduate Student Pre-Conference Seminar
Honors / Awards
Badass Woman at ASU, Womyn's Coalition HERstory (2020, 2021, 2023)
First-Year Teaching Award, University of Northern Colorado (2007)
Excellence in Teaching, Mesa Community College (2004-2005)
Managing Editor (2020-2021). Current Issues in Education. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College of Arizona State University