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 intersectionalities 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 LDST 1220: Leading with Purpose or LDST 2700: Campus Leadership Development.

3 credits. Meets U.S. Diversity requirement.

Course learning objectives

Upon completion of the course, the students will:

  • Demonstrate self-awareness of and growth in their individual leadership capacity, efficacy, and engagement.
  • Recognize how emergent leadership theories and identity intersect
  • Recognize the intersection of gender, race, social class, age, ability, sexual orientation, etc. with leadership in US society
  • Analyze their role in social issues at the individual, institutional, and societal levels
  • Evaluate important aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion so they can live, work, collaborate, and lead with others in the 21st century United States.

Catalog description

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

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