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Leadership for an Equitable and Socially Just Society

In time, future generations will ask us, “where were you in 2020?” The United States is at an inflection point—a point at which a series of otherwise disconnected incidents and small changes begin to bring about larger, more important changes. These larger changes are often characterized by harbingers—forewarnings and patterns that in hindsight paved the way to now.

We will explore fundamental questions related to both leadership as a social process and leadership as a social relationship. A particular focus will be the connection between large-scale social structures (i.e. political states) and the ethical character of individual citizens and citizen-leaders. We will examine these questions through an interdisciplinary lens, focused on the contradiction between democratic ideals and racism in American history from the Declaration of Independence to the present.

Coursework Overview

The coursework for this Endeavor community involves taking a one-unit course in the fall semester and a one-unit course in the spring semester. 

Fall 2021 Semester

Spring 2022 Semester

LDST 101: Leadership and the Humanities (1 unit)

LDST 210: Justice and Civil Society (1 unit)

LDST 101 is a required course for students majoring or minoring in Leadership Studies

LDST 210 is a required course for students majoring or minoring in Leadership Studies, as well as a required course for all Bonner Scholars

Specific Course Information

LDST 101: Leadership and the Humanities

Introduction to leadership as an object of study through examination of its historical foundations and intellectual development. Readings selected from history, literature, philosophy, political theory, religion, and social theory. Emphasis on assessing these texts in light of reasoned argument and on drawing out their implications for leadership studies.

LDST 210: Justice and Civil Society

Exploration of contemporary society and understandings of justice. Readings on civil society, theories of justice, and analysis of poverty and related socio-economic problems. Includes a service learning component with critical reflection on community service to populations in need.

Faculty Information


Dr. Thad Williamson is Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law


Dr. Julian Hayter is Associate Professor of Leadership Studies

Roadmap Short Course Information

As part of the Endeavor program, you will particiapte in the popular Roadmap to Success pre-orientation program, where you will take a short course led by Jepson faculty. 

Short Course Description: How We Got to Now, The Road to 2020

This course very briefly outlines how we got to 2020. We will briefly examine how America’s unwillingness to deal with the darker portions of its triumphant, yet tortured history has contemporary implications.