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ERIC Number: EJ1279232
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0024-1822
How Do We Lead on Equity? Hint: Avoid a Routine Approach and Focus on Building Trust
Kezar, Adrianna; Fries-Britt, Sharon
Liberal Education, v106 n3 Fall 2020
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the protests against racism, students have returned to campuses, virtually and in person, with a renewed commitment to social justice, racial equity, and institutional accountability. This mindset provides an opportunity for colleges and universities to partner with students to advance progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. While campuses vary in their progress, few have achieved an equitable environment. In addressing racial issues, administrative leaders often use a routinized approach--setting up a task force, collecting data, and developing a report with recommendations. Rarely do routinized efforts create change; in fact, they can be destructive to campus communities that need authentic engagement in which leaders listen to and work on the ground with faculty, staff, and students. Leaders should focus on building trust and cultivating respect if they seek authentic engagement. This article discusses two key frameworks that allow for authentic engagement which the authors identified through case study research at the University of Missouri --the collective trauma recovery and weaver-leader frameworks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri
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