Dismantling Institutional Whiteness
Emerging Forms of Leadership in Higher Education
230 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in, 3 Illustrations
Dismantling Institutional Whiteness: Emerging Forms of Leadership in Higher Education focuses on the experiences of women of color in leadership roles in higher education. Top roles historically have gone to white men, and leadership has not reflected the range of identities and people who make up higher education. Why? And why does this problem continue to this day? Most importantly, what can be done to bring about meaningful change?
Dismantling Institutional Whiteness gathers a range of first-person narratives from women of color and examines the challenges they face not only at a systemic level, but also at a deeply personal level. Their experiences combined with research and statistics paint a sobering portrait of higher education’s problems when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Interspersed throughout their stories are practical suggestions for how to address inequity in higher education, and to give a voice to people who have been silenced and excluded. Whether a trustee, university executive, or faculty member at any level, this is essential reading for those interested in diversifying higher education leadership to ensure decisions reflect the priorities of all.
Introduction: Gendering and Racializing Contemporary Leadership in Higher Education, by M. Cristina Alcalde and Mangala Subramaniam
1. “As a Campus Community, We Stand With . . .”: Leadership Responsibility in Addressing Racism on University Campuses, by Mangala Subramaniam And Zeba Kokan
2. Making Noise and Good, Necessary Trouble: Dilemmas of “Deaning While Black”, by Carolyn R. Hodges and Olga M. Welch
3. Aligning Narratives, Aligning Priorities: Untangling the Emotional and Administrative Labor of Advising in Liberal Arts Colleges, by Jennifer Santos Esperanza
4. On the Perils and Opportunities of Institutionalizing Diversity: A Collaborative Perspective from Academic Unit-Based Diversity Officers, by M. Cristina Alcalde and Carmen Henne-Ochoa
5. Vale la pena: Faculty Leadership and Social Justice in Troubling Times, by Tanya González
6. Disruptive and Transformational Leadership in the Ivory Tower: Opportunities for Inclusion, Equity, and Institutional Success, by Pamela M. Leggett-Robinson and Pamela E. Scott-Johnson
Afterword: Strategies and Lessons for Changing the Leadership Landscape in Higher Education, by Mangala Subramaniam and M. Cristina Alcalde
"This powerful and insightful book brings to light the challenges of women of color in leadership roles, and, in particular, those who occupy the mid-ranks of the academic hierarchy, such as in academic dean positions or as diversity leaders within units. Because few books address the lived realities of women of color leaders, this book boldly breaks new ground through a combination of original research and first-person narratives documenting the challenges faced by these leaders. With the positive and forward-looking strategies it offers, the book is a much-needed, critical resource for colleges and universities seeking to build more inclusive leadership models." —Edna B. Chun, Lecturer, Human Capital Management, Columbia University School of Professional Studies, and Chief Learning Officer, HigherEd Talent
"Strong, well-researched, and powerfully articulated, this collection foregrounds the important work being done in higher education by women and people of color in leadership positions. The book brings different voices into the conversation, and coalesces research and arguments from a variety of fields, including sociology, psychology, criticism, and leadership/business texts. The authors argue that leaders with intersectional identities are best placed to provide the kind of disruptive and transformative leadership needed to steer higher education in the future, and to dismantle some of the racist structures and processes at its core. Anyone currently serving as a leader in higher education—or hoping to become one—should read this book." —Amy Cook, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, and Professor of English, Stony Brook University