30.3.04

SECOND CALL FOR A FISKING. It's actually a call from Dave at SCSU Scholars, who is unimpressed with the latest St. Cloud State strategic plan (These strategic plans are so last century.)
Social justice and diversity are mutually reinforcing concepts. Diversity relates to the empowerment and inclusion of all peoples and results in the enrichment of the human experience and the continued viability of the planet's ecosystems.
Translation: We don't really know what "diversity" means, but everybody tells us we ought to value it. Thus a strategic plan ought to have some reason for valuing it. Because in two years, nobody is going to read this thing, it really doesn't matter what it says.
Social justice is best exemplified through the ideals and values espoused by a democratic society; it is achieved though systems that enable and support individual empowerment, the fair and equitable distribution of resources, and socially responsible leadership committed to advancing social change.
Doesn't a democratic society get to choose its own leadership, which means that social responsibility means respecting those choices, and social change is the outcome of those choices, rather than something ordained by the leadership? Furthermore, is the individual empowerment or the equitable distribution the primary objective?
A foundation of diversity and social justice builds and optimizes organizational strength and effectiveness by capitalizing on the value and abilities every individual has to offer; it is founded on management and leadership practices that assume the general goodness of our humanity.
Again, after one wades through the thicket of jargon, doesn't one reach an impasse: a generally good humanity is a humanity that does not have to be managed or led. Management and leadership are for herds, not packs.

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