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Pay attention to what is behind the curtain: Interrogating whiteness using contemplative practices in graduate management education


Pay attention to what is behind the curtain: Interrogating whiteness using contemplative practices in graduate management education

Reilly, Rosemary C. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7274-4488 (2020) Pay attention to what is behind the curtain: Interrogating whiteness using contemplative practices in graduate management education. In: Sengupta, Enakshi and Blessinger, Patrick and Mahoney, Craig, (eds.) Civil society and social responsibility in higher education: International perspectives on curriculum and teaching development- Innovations in higher education teaching and learning. Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, 21 . Emerald, Bingley, UK, pp. 45-60. ISBN 978-1-83909-465-1

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This chapter details the instructional experiences of a group of graduate students, who are emerging Human Systems Intervention practitioners- men and women who self-identify as white and work in organizational, community, and educational leadership settings. I outline a series of learning experiences that supported a group of MA students to uncover white supremacist thinking in their work- their approaches to intervention and their mental models regarding effective organizational or community functioning. Using contemplative practices to dig out oppressive, invisible dimensions of white identity, we examined how our whiteness shaped and warped how we enacted our work in community and organization development. We did this by reflective reading, meditation, contemplative arts, deep listening and storytelling, singing and music, and ceremony. This chapter illustrates how higher education can address a fundamental mental model and world view that influences how social responsibility is envisioned and how issues of social justice can be advanced within graduate professional education through socially responsible teaching and learning strategies and activities.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences
Item Type:Book Section
Authors:Reilly, Rosemary C.
Editors:Sengupta, Enakshi and Blessinger, Patrick and Mahoney, Craig
Series Name:Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning
Date:23 June 2020
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1108/S2055-364120200000021005
Keywords:community and organizational development, contemplative pedagogy, contemplative practices, graduate education, higher education, learning strategies and activities, management education, professional education, self as instrument, social justice, social responsibility, teaching and learning, whiteness, white privilege, white supremacist thinking
ID Code:987049
Deposited By: Rosemary Reilly
Deposited On:04 Aug 2020 15:16
Last Modified:04 Aug 2020 15:16


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