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Elissaone
Two Questions on the Synthesis After a Recent Reading - Jan 5, 2010
Jan 5 2010, 6:44 PM EST | Post edited: Jan 5 2010, 6:44 PM EST
1) Where is our systemic framing of race and leadership in the larger systemic context that we are calling for from leadership development programs and our approaches to evaluating them? We are talking about leadership and race in a way that is separated and distinct from other forms of oppression and their impacts on social equity (or inequity). There are important distinctions and I am not advocating for opening up the focus to oppression in general, this happens to often already. However, I would ask how we can be careful to not isolate this issue such that the interconnectedness that forms the system of oppression of which race is a huge factor is reduced to a challenge that we then try to address with recruitment, program design and evaluation strategies alone. How can we continue this work looking through other lenses at the systems impacting social inequity such as class for instance as addressing race alone will not not lead us to a place of social equity?
2) How can we clarify what is meant by shifting the focus from the individual? There is an excellent section in the synthesis now under the heading "Leadership programs can help participants deepen their understanding of structural racism and collectively develop and test strategies for creating racial and social equity." This section describes how this work can be done within in leadership programs and yet the programs are still collections of individuals. The framework about change is shifted not the target audience. The field of indicators is expanded to include community not to exclude individual. How can we speak about this clearly without making it sound like it's indivduals or communities? I've tried to edit toward this clarity but don't think I got there.

Thanks for all this great work!
Elissa
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DeborahMeehan
1. RE: Two Questions on the Synthesis After a Recent Reading - Jan 5, 2010
Jan 7 2010, 4:46 PM EST | Post edited: Jan 7 2010, 4:46 PM EST
Thanks for these great comments. It is important to balance the issues of the relationship between community and individual outcomes with a more nuanced “both/and” approach while still putting out a strong point of view. Hopefully we are getting closer with the new revisions in response to your feedback. It is also definitely important to address the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and other forms of oppression, acknowledging this complexity while also not diluting the focus we want to bring to racial equity in this specific publication. We can try to strengthen the section on interdependence, intersecting oppressions and the need for a new social justice paradigm of connectedness. We have also thought about doing a separate piece on power and oppression that is more overarching. If you have thoughts about how to do this in the writing please jump in. Thanks again! 1  out of 1 found this valuable. Do you?    

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