LD ST 322: Leadership in a Diverse Society


This experiential course explores concepts of diversity, culture, ethnicity and race, helping students develop diversity-informed leadership practices. These practices focus on inter-personal, intrapersonal, and group-level skill development. Throughout the course, socially constructed identities in U.S. society and their ivtersectionalities are examined.

This class will also serve as a method for challenging your personal and societal biases. The leadership discipline holds that deeper learning in diversity-informed leadership is demonstrated by critically examining one’s own and other’s assumptions through active learning and practice and by analyzing the use of power and its impact. You should not undertake this course unless you are willing to perform a considerable amount of reading, personal reflection, and discussion.  Instruction will be a combination of lecture, readings, videos, discussion, and projects.

Students in their second, third or fourth year are encouraged to enroll. Students in their first year at ISU are encouraged to consider LD ST 122: Leading with Purpose or LD ST 270: Campus Leadership Development.

3 credits

Meets U.S. Diversity requirement

Course learning objectives

Given participation in this course, the student will have the opportunity to engage in the mastery of the following competencies:

  • Identify the experiences and contributions of underrepresented or marginalized groups and how they have shaped the history and culture of the United States.
  • Understand the analytical concepts of culture, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality and/or religion and be able to apply these concepts to an analysis of the United States.
  • Analyze systemic oppression and personal prejudice and their impact on marginalized communities and the broader U.S. society.
  • Evaluate important aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion so they can live, work, and collaborate with others in the 21st century United States.

Catalog description

Experiential opportunity to understand, develop, and apply diversity-informed leadership practices.