A Native American Take on the Recent Unpleasantness
Rachel Mann, who spent most of 28 years at U.Va. as a graduate student and academic administrator and is now an adjunct instructor in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies‘ Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program, has an interesting take on this summer’s leadership crisis. In a post on her “Metta Knowledge” blog, she looks at it through the lens of Native American traditions of leadership.
Native American leaders, she writes, are consensus-builders, seeking input and carefully measuring the impact of their actions on all affected parties. “Native Americans have always understood the importance of our interconnection to and responsibility for others beyond narrow self-interest,” she writes. The new spirit of reconciliation, she says, “bodes well” for U.Va. and for higher education as a whole.
It’s a fairly lengthy read by Web standards, but worth the time if you’re interested in such things.