Identity Development Theory

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Theory of Identity Development Identity is shaped by how an individual organizes experiences within the environment that revolves around oneself (Torres, Jones, & Renn, 2009). In Student Affairs literature, identity is defined as one’s personal held beliefs about the self in relation to social groups (e.g., race, ethnicty, religion, sexual orientation) and the ways one expresses that relationship (Torress, Jones, & Renn, 2009, p. 577). Identity is also a social construct meaning it’s ones sense of self and beliefs about one’s own social group as well others are constructed through interactions with the broader social context in which dominant values dictate norms and expectations (Torres, Jones, & Renn, 2009). Identity has a rich tradition…show more content…
Part of the concept focuses on the success of diverse students (Locks, Hurtado, Bowman, Osegura, 2008). Inclusive excellence is defined as (a) a focus on student intellectual and scoal development; (b) a development and utiliation of organization resources directed at student learning; (c) attention to the cultural difference that learners bring to the educational experiences that enhance educationa enterprice; and (d) a welcoming community that engages all of tis divesity in the service of students and organization learning (Locks, Hurtado, Bowman, Osegura,…show more content…
After the tendency and the desire, then a person makes a conscious choice to want to lead (Greenleaf, 1977). A servant leader also ensures the needs of other’s are met because they believe it is the highest priority of a servant. (Greenleaf, 1977).
Ways to enrich campus leadership programs There are numerous leadership styles that exist. To be an effective campus leader, students can gain a better development of their leadership skills through observation and usage. Dugan & Komives (2007) provide ways to assist student in developing leadership skills::
1. Leadership development should include opportunities for deliberate discussions on a wide range of issues. Students need to learn dialogue skills, listening skills, and need to be able to label personal beliefs and assumptions that guide their actions
2. Students must work with others to truly learn leadership with their academic advisors, career counseolors, resident assistancts, peers leaders, mentors, and other students. Get involved with at least one
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