Changing the Narrative

Socially Just Leadership Education

Edited by:
Kathy L. Guthrie, Florida State University
Vivechkanand S. Chunoo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A volume in the series: Contemporary Perspectives on Leadership Learning. Editor(s): Kathy L. Guthrie, Florida State University.

Published 2018

Social justice and leadership education are inextricably linked. In order to move social justice forward, we need to develop leaders with knowledge, skills, and values to engage effectively in the leadership process.

We need socially just leaders now more than ever. At a time when our elected and appointed officials agree on very little, our communities are divided and distrustful of one another, and individual citizens struggle for fairness in the face of discrimination, society is at a crossroad. In one direction lies the reproduction of oppression and marginalization, continued distrust, and further fragmentation. In the other, a route toward healing, compassion, and fairness. How then do we prepare our leaders of tomorrow to walk the path of justice rather than take the road to ruin?

Changing the dominant narratives in society involves preparing skilled social critics and knowledgeable advocates for positive and sustainable change through education. However, when leadership education fails to consider social justice issues, or when social justice education omits leadership learning, both fall short of their goals. This texts links issues of social justice, equity, and equality, to leadership knowledge, skills, and values, with the intent of offering theoretical, practical, and policy recommendations to improve the work of educators charged with preparing undergraduates for the complexities of leadership in all its forms. Collectively, the contributors inform much needed practices and pedagogies toward socially just leadership education.

No single one of us can change the narrative alone, but together, we can amplify the voices of those leading toward justice. The perspectives offered here are but a sample of the work being done to make the future a brighter place for all. We invite you to be part of the conversation.

Foreword. Opening Up the Conversation: An Introduction to Socially Just Leadership Education, Kathy L. Guthrie and Vivechkanand S. Chunoo. Integrating Social Justice in Leadership Education, Trisha S. Teig. More Than Just Words: Transforming Leadership Education Toward Liberty and Justice For All, Miguel Ángel Hernández. Intersecting Activism and Social Justice in Leadership Education, Marshall Anthony Jr. PART I: SOCIAL IDENTITY AND SOCIALLY JUST LEADERSHIP EDUCATION. Social Class Identity Consciousness in Socially Just Leadership Education, Sonja Ardoin. Beyond the Binary: Advancing Socially Just Leadership Through the Lens of Gender, Paige Haber-Curran and Dan Tillapaugh. Getting in Formation to Lead: Black Female Student Leadership Development, LaFarin R. Meriwether. The World is Yours: Cultivating Black Male Leadership Learning, Dorsey Spencer Jr. ¡Pa’lante Siempre Pa’lante! Latina Leader Identity Development, Maritza Torres. Latino Male Leadership: A Social Justice Perspective, Juan R. Guardia and Cristobal Salinas Jr. Social Justice Leadership for Faith and Philosophical Communities, Vivechkanand S. Chunoo and Gabrielle Garrard. Social Justice Implications of Assumed Leadership Self-Efficacy in First-Generation Students, Erin Sylvester. Foster Care Youth Alumni to Collegiate Leaders: How Non-Traditional Family Structures Impact Leadership Development, Jennifer Farinella. PART II: SOCIALLY JUST LEADERSHIP EDUCATION PROCESSES AND ENVIRONMENTS. Creating Brave Spaces in Leadership Education, Rose Rezaei. The Role of Liberatory Pedagogy in Socially Just Leadership Education, Cameron C. Beatty and Amber Manning-Ouellette. Creating Cocurricular Socially Just Leadership Learning Environments, Kathy L. Guthrie and Jane Rodriguez. Infusing Leadership Education in Advising Identity-Based Organizations, Danielle Morgan Acosta. Increasing Emotional Intelligence to Enhance Socially Just Leadership Education, Robyn O. Brock. Service-Learning as a Pedagogy for Socially Just Leadership Education, Jillian Volpe White. Coalescing Communities: The Call for Critical Leadership, Pedagogy in Leadership Education, Erica Wiborg. The Imperative for Action: Beyond the Call for Socially Just Leadership Education, Vivechkanand S. Chunoo and Kathy L. Guthrie. About the Editors. About the Contributors.