MCI Consortium

Dr. Sherry K. Watt is the founder of The Being Institute and is a Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa.

Sherry is an author and editor, most recently of Designing Transformative Multicultural Initiatives: Theoretical Foundations, Practical Applications, and Facilitator Considerations. Her research on privileged identity exploration expands the understanding of the various ways in which people react to difficult dialogue related to social issues.

Having won accolades for her transformative work in higher education, Dr. Watt is a facilitator with over 25 years of experience designing and leading educational experiences that involve strategies to engage participants in a dialogue that is meaningful, passionate, and self-awakening.

Dr. Watt has been at the University of Iowa since 2000 and previously she worked as an assistant professor in Student Affairs Administration at Radford University.

She is a nationally certified counselor and holds a counseling license in the state of North Carolina. Sherry is also a facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage & Renewal since 2007.

Before becoming a faculty member, Sherry worked as a residence life director and a career counselor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina State University, and Shaw University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and master’s and doctoral degrees in Counselor Education, with an emphasis in student affairs, from North Carolina State University.

The Multicultural Initiatives Team (MCI)

The Multicultural Initiatives Team (MCI) is a group of researchers, scholars, and practitioners who work with Dr. Watt at the University of Iowa. If you are interested in working with us, please contact us by emailing the Multicultural Initiatives Team (MCI) at or Dr. Sherry Watt at

Current members

Please contact us by emailing the Multicultural Initiatives Team (MCI) at 

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