Identity, Diversity, and Leadership
Course enrollment will be available for this course once it is scheduled.
Who am I and how does my personal background impact my life experiences, my world view, and my interactions with others? To work effectively as a leader towards social change, one must have self-knowledge and an understanding of how individual, institutional, and societal inequity manifests in society, both locally and globally.
Through engaging readings, provocative films and interactive activities, this course will provide students with the unique opportunity to closely examine their own social identities (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, class, religion, and sexual orientation) and systems of oppression and empowerment. Additionally, we will explore the concepts of power and privilege in the context of leadership and examine how our social identities bring both unearned privilege and unearned disadvantage. As students develop a more sophisticated understanding of their own identities they will have greater insight into how to work effectively with those from different backgrounds and how to address conflict within diverse groups, across multicultural and international settings. The required Action Plan will provide students with an opportunity to apply their new knowledge and leadership skills to a meaningful project in their home community or school. Students who are self-reflective, willing to step outside of their "comfort zone", and eager to share and listen to others' experiences are especially encouraged to apply. This course is ideal for any student committed to working effectively in diverse settings. The knowledge and skills gained from this course are applicable to all careers.
This course is part of the Leadership Institute program, a 2-week immersive experience with busy days. Our mission is to help students develop and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with effective and socially responsible leadership. The Leadership Institute consists of three elements: academic content, leadership development, and the Action Plan. Participants are intellectually curious and compassionate students who are interested in social issues and creating positive change.
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