For ten years, Lorena Johnson has served as a co-facilitator and a consultant for both the Cultural Diversity in Education and the Cultural Diversity at Work programs; in that capacity, she has worked with thousands of faculty, administrators, staff, employees, volunteers, etc. Johnson hold a B.S. in social work from Loyola University, a M.A. in Communication from Sangamon State University, and a M.P.A. from the University of Illinois at Springfield. A visual artist whose work has been shown in both the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest and a former Whitney Young fellow, Johnson focuses her research and writing on cultural equity and inclusion in the arts. Johnson also has eight years of experience as a community college instructor in social sciences and humanities, specializing in teaching social problems, ethnic/race relations, intercultural communication, women's studies, and cultural studies. In addition, Johnson has received a Foundation Certificate (150 hours) in intercultural communication from the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon for advanced diversity education in intercultural consciousness, intercultural discovery, and intercultural conflict resolution.