Social Justice Leadership

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Social Justice Leadership Introduction Possessing good leadership traits in an educational environment is the beginning of serving students, colleagues, staff, and an entire network of people to promote, enhance, and produce positive changes for the benefit of the people and its institution. It is a daily mission whether it is a small or large task that is done with joy regardless of the challenges that will arise because everyone is involved in the leader’s vision. According to Theoharis (2009), a good leader has a multitude of skills that creates a positive impact in students’ achievements. They range from supporting various programs that will serve the needs of diverse students, to facilitating professional development for their staff…show more content…
There are so many intricacies involved in the process; nevertheless, people are the most important element in creating justice for all, regardless of social status, color of skin, English language barriers, and cultural background (Theoharis, 2009). My major focus as a SJL is to empower and cultivate in my DACC colleagues in the advising center a passion for our students. A deep understanding of our students needs is essential in order to cooperate, and work together with a heartfelt passion to build a strong community college that practices equity and accessibility. By building strong relationships with our students and their families we can create a climate of belonging. This framework was provided in chapter I by Theoharis (2009), and is essential in sifting out bad practices, attitudes, established rules and guidelines, racism, and discrimination. These practices must be all inclusive to welcome my colleagues ideas for change to intently make an impact in our students academic studies. Accepting positive and negative feedback from my colleagues without becoming upset or defensive, is in the best interest of our students success. Interchanging of ideas amongst my colleagues will create a network of talent, respect, and effective…show more content…
If we are to have a society that looks for the well being of all people, we must learn to recognize that as people we are diverse and must learn to embrace one another with love, respect, and honor each others’ uniqueness. For example, in “Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology” by Margaret L. Anderson, and Patricia H. Collins (2010), provided a wealth of information in the narratives they produced from the different scholars and teachers they worked with and interviewed to make this book inspiring and an eye opener to understand our world better. Transformation is not easy and we must be willing to change the way we think on many different issues that deal with gender, race, discrimination, and acceptance of each other despite our differences. The narrative that really touched me the most was “From A Native Daughter”, by Haunani-Kay Trask. I have not appreciated history as much as I should have, not proud to say; however, after reading this narrative it opened my eyes and mind that not everything we read or hear about history is the truth. It could be someone’s truth and opinion, and we must search for the truth in our past history and present to make positive

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