Chief Trainer \ Consultant

Renee Ronika Bhatti-Klug [Ruh-nay Ron-ih-kah bah-Hot-tee Kloog] (she/her/hers) is an innovative educational leader and researcher committed to the topics of developing Cultural Intelligence, building academically rigorous curricula, and fostering inclusive environments. She has been educating students and training leaders from over 100 nations for twenty years.


For 17 years, she taught English composition, creative writing, literature, and English as a second language to culturally and linguistically diverse college students throughout the U.S. and overseas.


Since 2015, Renee has served as Senior University International Educator at Arizona State University*, the largest public U.S. institution to host international students; she has trained nearly 10,000 faculty and staff across over 150 departments on intercultural competence. She has been recognized for her work in promoting inclusivity. She serves as Section Editor of the academic journal Current Issues in Educationand on several Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) committees and boards. 


Renee co-hosts with Nicole Cottrell the forthcoming podcast Not Only, But Also*, exploring topics that embrace the both/and of identity. She also is founder and visionary of Prism Women*, a 501c3 Phoenix-based organization that empowers women in the church to abolish gender discrimination and allow all faith-based participants a voice. Her work on the intersection of faith and culture has been featured in various publications and podcasts.


Renee is a first-generation American, the proud daughter of a Punjabi father. She resides with her husband Gregory, a pianist and composer, and their three young children in the Wild West—her hometown of Phoenix, Arizona—where she’s discovered green grass and true community.


Renee has lived in England and France; she has backpacked Europe, kayaked in Fiji, and trained teachers in Madagascar. In extroversion she goes to 11, and people are her why.

*Renee Bhatti-Klug's services provided through Culturally Intelligent Training & Consulting, LLC are not connected to her professional, educational, or private affiliations.

  • Doctor of Education: Leadership & Innovation (in progress, 2022)

    • Arizona State University (ASU)

  • Master of Fine Arts: English & Writing

    • Stony Brook Southampton 

  • Bachelor of Arts: English & Writing

    • Biola University


    • The Womyn's Coalition and HERstory

  • 2019 CCI Catalyst Award Nominee

    • ASU Committee for Campus Inclusion

  • 2007 First-Year Student Teaching Award

    • University of Northern Colorado Department of English

  • 2004-2005 Excellence in Teaching Award

    • Mesa Community College Department of English

Articles on CI

Meet Renee

Other Writing on Culture and Gender
  • “If This Is Love”—FINALIST, PRISM international, Oct. 2018. (no publication)

  • “Winter.” What a Woman is Worth. Ed. Tamara Lunardo. Apr. 2014. Civitas Press: Folsom, CA. 

  • “Fathers”—FINALIST, “Honorable Mention”: Glimmer Train, April 2010 Family Matters contest (no publication)

  • “We the People of Barbie.” Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression. 1:3 (2007): 53-59.

  • [Recipient: “Story of Merit”] “Dark House” Faith in Fiction. 25 Apr. 2007.

Selected Professional Presentations on Culture
  • Cultural Intelligence on Midday Mindfulness at ASU; July, 2020

  • ASU MLFTC Doctoral Research Conference; May 2020

    • Theme: Increasing Intercultural Competence Among University Faculty through Cultural Intelligence Training

  • Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA); Webinar; Phoenix, AZ; Apr. 2020

    • Theme: Building Intercultural Competence (first webinar speaker)

  • CCI Diversity and Inclusion Conferences; ASU campuses; 2016-present

    • Themes: Supporting international students; building intercultural competence          

  • Webinar: Family Bridges XL; Chicago, IL; Aug. 2019

    • Theme: Fostering intercultural competence

  • Transforming Culture; Pinnacle Forum; 2017, 2018 

    • Theme: Fostering intercultural competence

  • 20th Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education; Northern Arizona University; Nov. 2017

    • Title: “A Pragmatic Approach to Including International Students in the American Engineering Classroom”; 2017

  • Arizona International Educators State Meeting 2017; ASU Thunderbird

    • “Global Allies Cultural Competence Workshop” (co-presenter: Jennifer Rode);

  • AZ-TESOL; Tucson, AZ; Oct. 2013

    • “Practical Vocabulary Builders for the ESL Classroom” (co-presenter: Lois Malone)

  • Ethnic Pen Conference; Bayshore, NY; April 2004

    • Title: “An Ethnic Scope: Discovering Ourselves through Our East Indian Heritage”

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