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Culturally Responsive Leadership

Culturally responsive leadership addresses the realities that student variance and complexity, resulting from shifts in demographics, immigration patterns, and sociopolitical and economic power differentials demand movement toward more inclusive cultural norms and practices at higher education institutions. It consists of actions and behaviors contributing to educational advances resulting in culturally relevant practices benefitting students and communities impacted, for members of society who are systemically underserved across categories of difference, which may be manifested as leadership for social justice in education.

Historically, universities have been responsible for (a) teaching students particular sets of skills, (b) developing sophisticated thinkers and problem solvers, (c) providing an institutionalized space/place to engage the perpetual search for truth, and (d) providing formal systems to transmit common culture and standards of citizenship to ...

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