Leadership & Intersecting
Stories of the MULTI racial/ethnic/cultural Experience
“I am not a little
bit of many things;
But I am the
sufficient representation of many things.
I am not an
incompletion of all these races;
But I am a
masterpiece of the prolific.
I am an entirety, I
am not a lack of anything;
Rather I am a whole
of many things…”
-C. JoyBell C.
*While the course focuses on the multi experience,
you do not need to identify as multi racial/ethnic/cultural to participate.
This course will offer you the opportunity to
explore leadership in connection with multi racial/ethnic/cultural identity and
experiences utilizing an interdisciplinary narrative approach (i.e.
You will study issues of history, culture, and
activism—primarily through personal narratives—as they relate to leadership
within the “multi” community. Specifically, we will focus on how culture,
family, community, and heritage influence leadership styles as well as the
forms leadership has taken within the multi community.
By reading and discussing scholarly, literary,
editorial and visual texts we will critically examine topics such as:
theories & styles
history of racialization in the U.S.,
and the politics of claiming,
in the media,
& transnational adoption,
the multiracial movement & academia.
The course encourages the use of artistic expression
as you explore your own leadership style(s) and identities in relation to
larger discourses and narratives around race and intersecting identities.
engaging with assigned reading & viewing materials and actively
participating in the course you will:
the active listening & communications skills necessary for engaging in
critical dialogues across various social identities
a foundational understanding of race & the history of racialization within
familiar with multiracial identity development models & factors affecting
aware of your own cultural beliefs and how they inform attitudes &
able to critically assess issues affecting the “multi community”
an understanding of how culture, family, community, and heritage influence
& cultivate your own leadership style(s)
an understanding of how leadership & leaders have impacted the “multi