ILA Podcast

Advancing Racial Equity in Leadership Education

Leadership Educator Podcast

with Rich Whitney and Jasmine Collins

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In this episode, Lauren and Dan sit down with Dr. Rich Whitney and Dr. Jasmine Collins to discuss the process of proposing and editing the NDSL special issue on racial equity in leadership education. Both share how the issue impacted their teaching; all share resources used to teach leadership education to students from various backgrounds in the classroom and co-curricular programs. 

About Dr. Jasmine Collins

Jasmine has been a graduate student in the Illinois Leadership Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), a peer facilitator for the Leadershape Institute (which is also head-quartered in Champaign), and is a UIUC faculty member teaching leadership courses and conducting research on student leadership development. She recognizes that her positioning within a resource-rich, predominantly White, research-intensive institution has shaped her opportunities for engagement within the field of leadership education and undoubtedly informs her conceptualizations of leadership research and practice, even as a woman of Color.

About Dr. Rich Whitney

Rich has been working in leadership development and education for about 20 years. He is interested in leader identity and the decisions we make to be leaders. When he first learned about the social change model of leadership development (HERI, 1996), it was a pivotal point in his own identity as a leader. His work in identity started by looking at how we progress into and through leadership and identity models using Nigresence (Cross & Fhagen-Smith, 1996) and ethnic identity theories (Phinney, 1998) as a basis to examine our personal decisions. Understanding the whole person, their attitudes, values, and beliefs in addition to their formation through lived experience and their culture is vital to how we see leadership. A definitive part of this formation is our college experiences. The combination of institutional context and our personal assimilation are important to our whole identity. His interest in the benefits and importance of this issue emanates that our identity and formation are vital as leaders and educators.

About the Hosts

Lauren Bullock

Lauren Bullock is an Assistant Professor of Instruction at Temple University, where she teaches leadership development and public relations courses. Before transitioning to full-time faculty, Lauren led the university’s leadership development co-curricular programs for six years. Before joining Temple in 2008, Lauren worked in athletic administration at Florida State University and the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Lauren is writing her dissertation in leadership and change management at Antioch University. Her research interests include faculty-student interaction, generational theory in higher education, purpose and meaningful work, and groups and team dynamics. She works with Dan to set project goals, research and write episode scripts and descriptions, contact guests, craft social media content and strategy.

Dan Jenkins

Dan Jenkins, Ph.D., co-host of the Leadership Educator Podcast is Chair and Associate Professor of Leadership & Organizational Studies at the University of Southern Maine (USM) where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership and organizational theory, research methods, and leadership education. Before joining the faculty at USM, Dan was an academic advisor and co-director of the leadership studies minor at the University of South Florida while also teaching Political Science courses at Hillsborough Community College. Before working in higher education, Dan worked for John Hancock Mutual Funds, in hospitality at various restaurants and sports arenas, for the Florida House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, and as a staff member and volunteer in gubernatorial and school board election campaigns. Dan is a co-author of The Role of Leadership Educators: Transforming Learning and has published more than 40 articles and book chapters on leadership education. Dan mixes and produces the podcast, works with Lauren to curate guests, and researches and prepares content for episodes. 

About the Leadership Educator Podcast

Teaching leadership is hard. Join professors Dan Jenkins and Lauren Bullock, leadership educators with 25+ yrs experience in curricular and co-curricular leadership programs in higher education, as they capture in dialogue questions from their peers and share knowledge and expertise on facilitating leadership learning. Passionate about leadership education? Want to expand your resource toolbox with practical strategies for teaching, learning, and program design? This is the podcast for you! 

The ILA is proud to partner with members Dan Jenkins and Lauren Bullock on a series of episodes each year.  Visit to listen to all of Dan and Lauren’s podcasts.