Leading with Privilege: Personal Journeys of White Male Leaders in Higher Education to Become Advocates for Diversity, Equity and Social Justice

Loading...
Thumbnail Image

Persistent link to this item

Statistics
View Statistics

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title

Title

Leading with Privilege: Personal Journeys of White Male Leaders in Higher Education to Become Advocates for Diversity, Equity and Social Justice

Published Date

2017-05

Publisher

Type

Thesis or Dissertation

Abstract

With the growing participation of under-represented groups in American higher education, it is more important than ever that college presidents position diversity issues as a high priority on their leadership agenda. Given the continuing dominance of white males in college presidencies, it is especially important that white male leaders develop a greater awareness and understanding of diversity issues and the varying life experiences of different populations while also acknowledging and assessing the impact of their own personal identity and life experience on their leadership actions, practices and behavior. This study examines twenty white male presidents and chancellors who have established a reputation as effective advocates for diversity, equity and social justice. Findings from interviews with each president are compared with existing research to explore three key aspects: life experiences that inspired them to become involved in diversity issues; strategies and activities to develop greater awareness and understanding of diversity; and actions and strategies to develop successful diversity initiatives in their institution and community. In the end, this study documents ways that a white male leader can use his personal status as an asset in diversity work while at the same time actively working to acknowledge and address potential challenges of personal identity that may hinder efforts to ensure his institution provides access, equity and inclusion for all.

Description

University of Minnesota D.Ed. dissertation.May 2017. Major: Educational Policy and Administration. Advisor: Rebecca Ropers-Huilman. 1 computer file (PDF); ii, 253 pages.

Related to

Replaces

License

Collections

Series/Report Number

Funding information

Isbn identifier

Doi identifier

Previously Published Citation

Suggested citation

Johnson, Craig. (2017). Leading with Privilege: Personal Journeys of White Male Leaders in Higher Education to Become Advocates for Diversity, Equity and Social Justice. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/192668.

Content distributed via the University Digital Conservancy may be subject to additional license and use restrictions applied by the depositor. By using these files, users agree to the Terms of Use. Materials in the UDC may contain content that is disturbing and/or harmful. For more information, please see our statement on harmful content in digital repositories.