Shifting the Mindset

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 2021

Calling others in to lead for social justice has never been more important. In a world plagued by multiple and overlapping pandemics and other crises, the cost of leadership failures is constantly rising. Leadership education is responding to these challenges by centering cultural relevance, critical pedagogies, and important issues of identity, capacity, and efficacy in the preparation of emerging learners. Meeting the global demand for social justice requires thoughtful, innovative, and engaged praxes by all leadership educators. Alongside a cadre of diverse authors, we intend to shift the mindset of leadership education toward forward-thinking and holistic solutions, empowering our students to build a fairer and more equitable world for themselves and others.

Shifting the Mindset: Socially Just Leadership Education widens and deepens the discourse begun in Changing the Narrative: Socially Just Leadership Education. Our contributors’ ideas occur into two parts: the first examines student social identities otherwise underrepresented in existing leadership education literature. The second portion illuminates key factors of leadership learning contexts frequently under– or unattended in both leadership education and social justice education. Every chapter includes critical considerations and practical guidance for educators striving to meet the leadership demands of an increasingly unjust world. Taken together, these thinking, planning, and acting tools augment the potential of educators who are preparing leaders under uncertain conditions.

We envision this book as an essential element of the leadership learning toolkit of socially just leadership ducators at all levels, between contexts, and across varying amounts of education, influence, and experience. You are needed now more than ever before. We, once again, invite you to our ongoing fight for fairness, freedom, and a brighter future for all.

Acknowledgments. Foreword, Jamie Washington. Now More Than Ever: The Imperative for Socially Just Leadership Education, Vivechkanand S. Chunoo and Kathy L. Guthrie. Priests, Progressives, and a Mirage: A Short History of Social Justice, Michael E. Promisel. PART I: SOCIAL IDENTITY AND SOCIALLY JUST LEADERSHIP EDUCATION. Reframing Leadership Education and Development for Native College Students, Symphony D. Oxendine and Deborah J. Taub. Leading from In Between: Asian American Student Leadership, Valerie Luutran and Jessica Chung. Developing Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Student Leaders In and Out of the Classroom, Darren E. Pierre and Jonathan J. Okstad. Transgender Students and Socially Just Leadership Learning, Alex Lange and Kieran Todd. Exploring the Intersection of Love, Healing, and Leadership Among Men of Color, Christopher S. Travers and John P. Craig. Going Beyond “Add Women and Stir”: Fostering Feminist Leadership, Julie E. Owen, Brittany Devies, and Danyelle J. Reynolds. “Nothing About Us Without Us”: Challenging Ableist Leadership Education, Spencer Scruggs and Sally R. Watkins. Forging a Professional Military Identity: Leader Education in the U.S. Army Officer Corps, David Gray, Daniel Marshall, and David Dixon. Student Employees: The Fine Line Between Career Readiness and Leadership Learning, Rebecca Pettingell Piers and Amie Runk. Redefining Engagement: Including International Students in Socially Just Leadership Education, Benjamin G. Cecil and Pei Hu. Beyond Competition: Developing Student-Athletes Through Socially Just Leadership Education, Kathryn C. King and Catherine A. Badger. PART II: SOCIALLY JUST LEADERSHIP EDUCATION CONTEXTS. Applying the Lens of Intersectionality to Leadership Learning, Susan R. Jones and Adrian L. Bitton. Never Neutral: Challenging the Presumed Centrality of Ethics in Socially Just Leadership, Jasmine D. Collins and Shane L. Whittington. Leader Activists: Connecting Leadership Learning and Student Resistance, Michaela A. Shenberger and Kathy L. Guthrie. Socially Just Leadership Education in Action: Applying the Culturally Relevant Leadership Learning Model, Vivechkanand S. Chunoo and Gregory E. French. Community-University Partnerships as Socially Just Leadership Education, Julie B. LeBlanc and Kathy L. Guthrie. Cultivating Socially Just Leaders for Agriculture, Katherine E. McKee and Jackie Bruce. The Next Frontier: Virtual Environments for Socially Just Leadership Education, Kirstin C. Phelps. Addressing White Fragility in Leadership Education, Cameron C. Beatty, Amber Manning-Ouellette, and Erica R. Wiborg. Moving Beyond A Call: Collectively Engaging in Socially Just Leadership Education, Kathy L. Guthrie and Vivechkanand S. Chunoo. About the Contributors.