Dr. Wenli Jen

Wenli Jen

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Classroom Village: 500

Office Hours for Spring 2020
Wednesday: 2:30pm-3:30pm

Since 1999, Dr. Wenli Jen has served as a consultant in education, health and business. Dr. Jen is a consultant, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and professor. For over a decade, Dr. Jen directed programs in gang prevention, child abuse prevention, and substance abuse prevention and worked with public and community health initiatives. She has developed several programs for at-risk youth and families, with special considerations for low-income and underrepresented populations with culturally competent, best practices. Outside of her work in mental and behavioral healthcare, her focus on prevention programs extends to youth mentorship, youth development and youth leadership.

While she continues the work as a consultant, Dr. Jen is also a lecturer at California State University, Dominguez Hills in health science, with emphasis in methods in health education, community organizing and building, and health behavior. Other courses that Dr. Jen teaches include: Multicultural Health and Program Implementation and Evaluation. Dr. Jen also teaches Contemporary Issues in Asian American Communities through the College of Arts and Humanities at CSUDH. She has also taught research design and data analysis and learning in psychology at the University of the West in the Department of Psychology. Additionally, she was a faculty member in business ethics and leadership at California Institute of Advancement Management’s executive MBA program and currently serves as a consultant to the President's advisory board in governance and university operations.

Dr. Jen speaks about community collaboration, social issues, education and other related topics at international, national and state conferences. Her expertise in human development, psychology, and education connects to her work in leadership, strategic planning, community/government relations, workforce development, and program design, development, implementation and evaluation. Her interests include working with diverse populations in developing strategies to increase motivation, reduce social isolation, promote resiliency and provide alternatives for health and wellness. Her twenty-year experience working with Asian American Pacific Islander Native Hawaiian (AAPINH) populations also include culturally-responsive program development, implementation and evaluation for communities of color. She has been a long-time advocate for AAPINH for the past 20 years. She often speaks at community events in Mandarin Chinese and English for outreach and engagement with organizations such as the Taiwanese American Citizens League and City of Arcadia, which has a significant Asian American population. Dr. Jen has also worked with Asian American researchers and scholars and have presented on college admissions regarding Asian American students at the Western Association for College Admission Counseling.

Dr. Jen is the Chief Executive Officer for the Southern California boutique consulting firm Integral Prudence Solutions. In 2016, she began her appointment for the U.S. Health and Human Services SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council and has served as the only Asian American woman on the council.

Dr. Jen's 15-year career in motivational speaking has culminated to her TEDx talks for TEDxPCC in repurposing negative energy and TEDxCityofIndustry Youth in "Dare to Be My Age." While Dr. Jen continues to organize, plan and coordinate large-scale events for nearly 20 years, she is also involved in helping to coordinate events for nonprofit organizations and businesses. She continues to serve as the regional co-chair for Harvard Graduate School of Education in addition to the Alumni Chapter advisory group for UC Irvine's School of Education. She was the past President of United Nations Association – Pasadena and serves as an active member and current officer for Chinese Americans Citizens Alliance - Los Angeles Lodge. Her work with CACA-LA includes the Congressional Gold Medal recognition project for Chinese American World War II Veterans. Moreover, Dr. Jen participates in multiple community coalitions and groups that foster and support AAPINH efforts, which includes her work with Sierra Madre Playhouse Asian American Cultural Alliance. Other volunteer work includes being a mentor for the APASS (Asian Pacific American Student Services) program at USC for five years. She has served in leadership roles for organizations such as the National Association of Asian American Professionals, Women’s Political Caucus – LA Metro and PBS SoCal Community Council. Additionally, Dr. Jen is a licensed esthetician and California credentialed teacher and administrator.

Dr. Jen received her education from:
  • California State University, Dominguez Hills, Certificate, Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL)
  • University of California, Berkeley, Certificate, Data Science
  • University of Southern California, Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Educational Psychology
  • Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Ed.M., Human Development and Psychology
  • University of California, Irvine, Administrative Credentials
  • University of California, Irvine, Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential with CLAD
  • University of California, Irvine, B.A., Social Science with specialization in Public and Community Service, minor in Educational Studies
Dr. Jen has received the following honors and recognition:
  • 2012 Woman of the Year for the 24th Senate District of California
  • 2013 Woman of the Year for the 49th Assembly District of California
  • 2014 Distinguished Alumni in Community Service
  • 2015 Leadership Recognition, where she received recognition from Beijing University of Technology Department of Economics for her leadership and service to the local and international community
  • 2018 Faculty Award nominations: Lyle E. Gibson Dominguez Hills Distinguished Teacher Award and Catherine H. Jacobs Outstanding Faculty-Lecturer Award
  • 2020 Outstanding Youth Award nomination from Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association - Los Angeles