Support Workers are Inclusive Leaders in our Schools and Communities

Submitted by Linda Hill

I recently spent a vibrant evening with instructor, Leif Rasmussen and 25 students in the 2017 class of School and Community Support Worker students from Vancouver Island University, BC, Canada.

My main purpose in visiting this group was to share one of the Inclusive Leadership Co-operative’s classic resources: DISCOVERING CONNECTIONS: A Guide to the Fun of Bridging Disability Differences.

During the couple of hours we were together we shared so many stories and ideas about building bridges to safe, respectful, equitable, and joyful relationships between people from diverse backgrounds.  What an inspiring experience it was to interact with this diverse group of leaders who are so relaxed, responsive, curious and creative in bringing out the best in everyone’s differences.

As I drove home, I reflected on what an incredible Inclusive Leadership learning opportunity the VIU School and Community Support Program is providing for anyone who is passionate about the practicalities of tending and befriending the magnificent diversity of people on our incredible planet.

I am wondering: what are other examples of Inclusive Leadership education being offered in post-secondary settings around the world? I look forward to hearing from you with your responses to this question. Email: