Why Inclusion ?

This morning Ava Duvanay was interviewed on CBS – she was there to talk about her phenomenal work as a film maker. Ava was the first female director who is Black to be nominated for an Oscar for her film ‘SELMA’ – This weekend her latest movie ’13th’ about the 13th amendment and mass incarceration of Black males in the USA debuts at the NYC film festival.


ava-duvernay-1In her interview Ava describes brilliantly why inclusion is such an important word and  aspect of her work. ‘Inclusion is the opposite to exclusion’ – and we all know what that feels like Ava explained.( click on the link below for the full interview)


Inclusion not diversity


Shout out to my Mum who watched this and emailed me at 8 am to let me know that my work is being endorsed. Thanks Mum !…#inclusionnottolernce



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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