Shaping Social Justice Leadership
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Chapter One – Exploring Meaning through Personal Narratives
It is our inward journey that leads us through time—forward or back,
seldom in a straight line, most often spiraling. Each of us is moving,
changing, with respect to others. As we discover, we remember,
remembering we discover; and most intensely do we experience this
when our separate journeys converge.
Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginning
Chapter Two – Passages into Pathways
Composing a life involves a continual reimagining of the future and
reinterpretation of the past to give meaning to the present, remembering
best those events that prefigured what followed, forgetting those that proved to
have no meaning within the narrative.
Mary Catherine Bateson, Composing a Life
Chapter Three – Imperatives
People are raising deeper questions about the nature of power, the
abuse of human rights, the human cost of global inequities, and the
meaning of a just world order.
V. Spike Peterson and Anne Sisson Runyan, Global Gender Issues
Chapter Four – Values Create a Larger Circle
Until we can understand the assumptions in which we are drenched,
we will not know ourselves.
Adrienne Rich, When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-vision.
Chapter Five – Skillful Authentic Leadership
The authentic self is the soul made visible.
Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance
Chapter Six – Resilience
I have learned that leadership for social justice is all about resilience,
about pressing on in the face of obstacles, about never feeling powerless,
and remaining ever aware of the meaning behind the struggle.
Joanne Chesley, Overcoming Injustice: A Tradition of Resilience
Chapter Seven – Multiple Paths Toward Advancing Social Justice Outcomes
As a way of making meaning in their work of leadership, women discuss their desire to “make things better,” to right social wrongs, and to increase support for underserved groups. . . . Whatever the explanation for women’s social justice emphasis, the reality remains that working for social justice means working for change.
Margaret Grogan and Charol Shakeshaft, Women and Educational Leadership
Chapter Eight – Actions Define Social Justice Leadership
Perhaps the greatest challenge for educators committed to social
justice, then, is to remember that our actions can inform our theories
as much as theories inform our actions.
Dana Rapp, Social Justice and the Importance of Rebellious, Oppositional Imaginations
Chapter Nine – An Invitation
Stories differ from advice in that, once you get them, they become
a fabric of your whole soul.
Alice Walker, in an interview about her work in Common Boundary, 1990