Cultural alienation and subtractive assimilation are significant factors in academic failure and dropout rates among students of color. Creating equitable schools calls for leadership grounded in culture and identity. Embracing all learners’ cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic diversity facilitates social justice practices for multi-dimensional learners in schools. This session will address cultural identities and explore a dynamic approach to culturally sustaining leadership that acknowledges the hybrid nature of culture, identity and advocacy. We will examine the notions of care and racial awareness and provide a means by which leaders will authentically engage in dialogue and reflection to identify cultural competency, learn to access the cultural and social capital of the community, and develop a sociopolitical consciousness.
Featuring Juan Niño, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Texas at San Antonio; and Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., IDRA Senior Education Associate.