Leadership and Race

How to Develop and Support Leadership that Contributes to Racial Justice

By Leadership Learning Community

July 31, 2010

Summary

Institutional racism means that the power and privilege structure in the United States remains intact. For true opportunity to be available for all, a racial lens must be applied to current leadership development. That conversation starts with a more inclusive and networked racial justice model of leadership thinking outlined in this report.

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Key Takeaway

Key Takeaways

Leadership development strategies aimed at racial justice won't undo structural racism, but they can provide more opportunities for those without high-level access due to institutionalized power and privilege.    

It is still true  that life chances and opportunities are heavily racialized—that is, determined by one’s race or ethnicity. Even in 2010, black and Latino mortgage applicants were 60% more likely than whites to be turned down for loans.

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