About Renga

Alane Shanks at Notre Dame Jenene Cook at Notre Dame

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education

Consultants from Renga Consulting lead diversity, equity and inclusion college campus assessments using the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) Self-Assessment Rubric for the Institutionalization of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education using a process we call “Project Inclusion.” Following the Project Inclusion stages, Renga consultants assess the readiness of the client institution for change, and serve as the backbone/support of the campus directed self-assessment effort. As a Visiting Scholar at NERCHE, Dr. Alane Shanks, Renga’s president and lead consultant, worked with NERCHE colleagues to write a successful grant and received funding from the Balfour Foundation to pilot Project Inclusion in four New Hampshire campuses. Dr. Shanks is now leading Project Inclusion efforts at several Massachusetts colleges. Dr. Shanks and her team help institutions through a tested set of steps that help first document the campus efforts, assess the assessment level in each of six dimensions, and then create a work plan to raise the level of engagement in each area. The graphic below shows the dimensions and the assessment stages. Project Inclusion provides training to sustain and, if appropriate, institutionalize a campus-wide change.

Executive and Career Coaching

Coaching clients in all stages of career and life changing events, Renga specializes in faculty transitions from academic to administrative positions, faculty moving up the academic ladder, and also works with people who are in career or life transitions by choice, circumstance, or because of an industry lay-off. She has helped many achieve their professional and personal goals through positive reinforcement and providing exercises for slow, but steady change management. The coaching is informed a desire to help clients figure out how to reach their goals and enrich their lives. Coaching is a collaborative process; the client controls the agenda and the coach controls the coaching process, helping the client identify goals, whether personal or professional, and break them down into manageable steps to reach them.

Program Evalution

Renga’s consultants are experienced serving as external evaluators for federal and foundation funded grants. Creating effective data collection tools for both qualitative and quantitative assessments, writing annual progress reports and consulting with program directors and staff about whether objectives are being met.

Strategic Planning

Renga provides organization-wide strategic planning uncovering strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT), helps define mission, objectives, and strategies, facilitates the realignment of resources to strengthen institutions, builds strong and effective management and working teams, matching job duties to the overall mission of the organization.