Dana M. Emerson, PhD teaches several sections in VOICES (Visioning Organizations: Inclusive Communities & Equitable Spaces). She teaches Inclusive Recruiting, Hiring, and Retention and Communicating Interculturally and Resolving Conflict.
Dana Emerson was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She received her Associates of Arts degree from El Camino College, and her Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Arts from California State University at Northridge. She earned her PhD in Education and Leadership from Oregon State University. Dana also holds several certifications in conflict resolution, facilitation, and family law dispute resolution.
Dana is an effective and successful communicator with exceptional abilities in facilitation, instruction, program development, consultation, evaluation, training, and problem –solving. Some of her most notable working relationships and clients are Oregon State University, the Oregon Department of Education, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, the Housing Authority of Los Angeles County, the University of Southern California, and Tyra Bank’s TZONE project.
In 2015, Dana returned to California after residing and working in Oregon to lead a college campus in the Coast Community College District as a Dean of Instruction. She continues to facilitate, consult and coach community and higher education organizations in communication competency, leadership, management and goal attainment. As a Communication Professor, Consultant, Facilitator, Relationship and Communication Coach, Family Mediator, text- book author and business owner, Dana has over 18 years of experience in the fields of education, facilitation, consultation, and conflict management-resolution. She has worked with individuals, families and organizations in California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington teaching them new strategies to improve their communication skills and become more effective decision- makers.