Leading in a Pandemic

Why School Leaders Should Learn From Similarities Between Campus Uprisings and Covid-19


  • Ty-Ron Douglas University of Missouri




COVID-19, campus uprisings, educational leadership


Covid-19 is exposing the inequities and inefficiencies in leadership, in healthcare, and in access to resources—educational, economic and otherwise—that often necessitate and precipitate unrest and uprisings. These realities are inextricably linked to racism, disproportionalities, and the history of discrimination in this country and across the globe; disproportionalities that intersect with university campus uprisings and the urgent need for anti-oppressive school leaders who center the voices and needs of their students.


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