On this edition of “Lead365 Conversations,” we speak with Lauren Irwin of California Polytechnic State University about social justice and leadership. We’ll learn more about what social justice means to her, how she sees it taking hold in society and with students, and how you can incorporate it into your own leadership style. Thank you so much Lauren, it was a pleasure talking to you and best wishes as you continue easing into your new role!

As promised, we wanted to share Lauren’s reading list with you- check out the titles below to learn more about your transformation into a socially just leader:

For Students

  • I wrote an article in April 2015’s issue of Campus Activities Programming, called Becoming a Socially Responsible Leader (pg. 22): http://issuu.com/naca/docs/april_2015
  • 35 Dumb Thing Well-Intended People Say by Dr. Maura Cullen (we recommend this one!)
  • Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want to Make a Difference, by Komives, Lucas, and McMahon
  • Leadership for a Better World, by Komives and Wagner

For Professionals (or More Ambitious Students!)

  • Alimo, C. J. (2012). From dialogue to action: The impact of cross-race intergroup dialogue on the development of white college students as racial allies. Equity & Excellence in Education, 45 (1), 36-59.
  • Broido, E. M. (2000). The development of social justice allies during college: A phenomenological investigation. Journal of College Student Development, 41 (1), 3-18.
  • Chase, S. E. (2010). Learning to speak, learning to listen: how diversity works on campus. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
  • Dugan, J. P. (2006b). Involvement and leadership: A descriptive analysis of socially responsible leadership. Journal of College Student Development, 47 (3), 335-343.
  • Dugan, J. P., Bohle, C. W., Woelker, L. R., & Cooney, M.A. (2014). The role of social perspective-taking in developing students’ leadership capacities. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 51(1), 1-15.
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