Leadership and Diversity

Abstract

The teaching notes presented here are from an outstanding casebook on Leadership and Diversity written by Dean Barbara J. Nelson, UCLA School of Public Affairs. In these teaching notes the author shares her experiences teaching the case, provides questions to stimulate class discussion, recommends further readings and provides character descriptions for in class role play. The Case Book itself is open to the public on the UCLA website at http://www.spa.ucla.edu/leadership/ and includes the following cases:

  • Race and Representation: Redistricting Northview
  • Democracy and Divisions: A New Constitution for Cyprus
  • Mission Expansion: The Origins of the YWCA's Anti-Racism Campaign
  • Leadership Succession: The Lucy Prince Community Center
  • Half a Loaf: Initiating a Comparable Worth Wage Policy for Public Employees
  • Inclusion and Exclusion: The Family Medical Leave Act
  • Social Entrepreneurship: Founding the Lakeland Black Women's Leadership Conference

After reviewing these cases at the UCLA website, revisit the Electronic Hallway to access the comprehensive teaching notes for each of the cases. Each teaching note has five sections. The first is the same abstract that introduces the larger case. The abstract provides a brief summary of the actors and the conflict in the case. The second section introduces the policy, leadership, and organizational issues embedded in the case. In many ways a case is like a mystery short story, and this section provides the analytical key to solving the murder. The third section presents teaching tips. These are concrete suggestions about how to teach the case, including exercises that fit the case, time estimates, and approaches to the discussion. The fourth section offers recommended readings. Cases work best when they are connected to policy histories and institutional contexts, and the readings provide ideas about how this wrap-around can be achieved. The fifth section includes preparation questions, which are also found at the end of the larger case. The questions prime the pump for classroom discussions or exercises, and provide the clues to the larger analytical lessons.

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