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Educ. Sci. 2016, 6(1), 4; doi:10.3390/educsci6010004

Culturally Sustaining Leadership: A Pacific Islander’s Perspective

Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1890 East-West Road, Moore 212, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Academic Editor: James Albright
Received: 1 November 2015 / Revised: 12 January 2016 / Accepted: 5 February 2016 / Published: 18 February 2016
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Social justice in educational settings can be advanced through culturally sustaining leadership development programs for indigenous students, faculty, and administrators. The state of Hawai‘i has been a fertile ground for culture-based development experiences for emerging leaders from islands throughout the Pacific. These opportunities arise from the recognition of dissonance created by customary leadership programs which often give little or no attention to native cultures of the Pacific islands and prioritize other models. This essay highlights elements of my Chamoru culture that form the foundation of a culturally responsive leadership praxis within the context of American educational institutions. I offer this as an example that may help others develop their own culturally sustaining practices and inspire creation of leadership development programs which honor native cultures while facilitating effective professional practices in mainstream settings. View Full-Text
Keywords: authentic leadership; culturally responsive leadership; culturally sustaining leadership; Guam; Chamoru; Pacific Island authentic leadership; culturally responsive leadership; culturally sustaining leadership; Guam; Chamoru; Pacific Island
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Hattori, M.T.P. Culturally Sustaining Leadership: A Pacific Islander’s Perspective. Educ. Sci. 2016, 6, 4.

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