Culturally Sustaining Leadership for Multi-Dimensional Learners

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 addresses cultural identities and explores a dynamic approach to culturally sustaining leadership that acknowledges the hybrid nature of culture, identity and advocacy. We examine the notions of care and racial awareness and provide a means by which leaders 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. This session is led by 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.

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