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Emma Ilori

Subject Expertise: Cultural Intelligence
Education: MPH in Public Health - Health Education from Loma Linda University; BA in Biochemistry from Azusa Pacific University
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA, but lives in Madera, CA today
Home Church: Northpointe Community Church, Fresno, CA

Hello! My name is Emma Ilori and I am honored to be the designer and instructor for this course.  I hold a Master of Public Health in Health Education degree from Loma Linda University. I have taught cultural intelligence for the FPU DC Health Care Administration program for 5 years. I truly love what I do with teaching others about how cultural intelligence can not only help them more effectively work across different ethnic and organizational cultures, but how much it can grow our minds and help us to see our world and surrounding communities from a new perspective. No matter where you are, or what you do, the ability to grow your cultural intelligence is a valuable tool to have and continue to grow over a lifetime. I hope you enjoy the class!  

Professional Experience: I’ve worked for the Orange County Health Department in Southern CA, the Siteman Cancer Center and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, Hoag Hospital & Harbor Pediatrics Medical Group in Newport Beach, CA and The American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth in Fresno, CA.  I have also taught Cultural Intelligence for FPU's DC HCA program for 5 years.

Personal Experience: I lead a small group at Northpointe Church called Be the Bridge, where we discuss issues of ethnic reconcilliation from a Biblical perspective.  We do this through short lessons given by myself, coupled with books our groups reads together and then debriefs as a group.

Scholarly Interests: Ethnicity in the Bible, Reconciliation in the Bible, the Communal aspects of the Bible and where we as the American Church have missed vital pieces of what it means to be The Church and help bring the Kingdom of God when we only approach it from an individualist perspective. 

Recommended Reading: The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard; The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby; Reapperring Church by Mark Sayers; Welcoming the Stranger by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang; Divided by Faith by Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith; Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland; A Gift of Love by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Corretta King; Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Favorite Bible Verses: Micah 6:8 ~ “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Favorite Music: All kinds

Favorite Activities: Listening to books, podcasts, etc.

Family Info: Married for 14 years to my husband Babatunde and we have three children: our oldest daughter is now 9, our son is 7 and our youngest daughter is 5.

What Matters: Following what Jesus has commanded us to do as His disciples, to love Him and to love and serve people and all of His creation.

Pet Peeves: Weeds in my yard and seeing trees that are butchered by untrained pruners.

What I Like About FPU: The emphasis on teaching from a Jesus centered focus.