Leadership: A Journey to Enacting Change

Heidi Ham


Leadership development is a journey that occurs as circumstances change. In the dual pandemics—COVID-19 and heightened awareness of racism—and beyond, leaders must continue their development journeys by listening, reflecting, learning, and acting against racism and racist systems and practices. This article by the vice president of programs and strategy for the National AfterSchool Association features the voiced perspectives of field leaders who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color that may help you shape your journey.


anti-racism; equity; leadership development; professionalization

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2021.1115

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