Equity not Equality .

At the risk of sounding like a politician  I am becoming more and more intrigued by semantics. Words matter, not just how we use them the tone and inference  but the actual word choice. We have paid a lot of attention in recent years to tone and ‘professionalism’. The current political campaign has shown us that being brash and loud is offensive, but being quiet and calm and using words that condemn and judge innocent people is just as dangerous. Intent versus impact – the meaning we intend to convey versus the impact the words has on those who hear us is an important area of the field of equity and inclusion.

Equity is not equality – giving people equal respect does not mean they will be treated equitably.The difference is important for us to recognise as educators, parents, leaders, politicians.

More soon…


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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