We need to share our experiences more…

Last week when presenting  my research to collagues I was reminded of the importance of this work. I heard from a panel of diverse voices, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community. Each recounted times when they felt ‘on the outside’ of society, of school of their community. Some found the trip down memory lane painful and yet were willing to share – Adults in educaitonal comuntities need to do this more, to talk about their own expereinces as ‘other’. We carry who we are with us all the time and whether we are aware of it or not – it affects us in our interactions with family friends and colleagues. In her book Daring Greatly Brenee Brown describes how painful this can be and yet how liberating – it is importatn for us to ‘dare to be great ‘ so that the conversations can be real , relevant and radical. I think those are the words I am going to adopt for a while. Be real, relevant and radical – and see what happens  In the meantime I encoruage those of you journeying with me to read Brene Brown’s work or watch her Ted Talk. Brene BrownIMG_0116 (2)Let’s take risks in this work, be real, relevant and radical.

Published by Jane Bleasdale PhD

Jane.Bleasdale, PhD is Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Leadership Studies in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco (USF). Dr.Bleasdale has lived and taught in the United Kingdom, The Bahamas and the United States, Her career as an educator now spans three decades. Dr. Bleasdale previously served as a high school administrator focusing on equity and inclusion through personnel and student development Her doctoral research focused on equity and inclusion in high schools and specifically the experience of Black, Latino and LGBTQ students. She has recently conducted research on social and emotional wellness of students, the impact of school leaders on creating inclusive communities and critical feminist perspectives on leadership.Current research focuses on the experience and impact of women leaders with intersectional identities. Dr.Bleasdale is the principal investigator on a participatory action research project at USF collaborating with 10 doctoral students on a new paradigm for equitable leadership focused on critical feminst perspectives.

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