EP 04 CH 1: Leadership for Social Justice, ft. Donna Cardoza

By Noor El-Husseini

Podcast Music: Spinnin Tape

This podcast explores what it means to lead for social justice and how this form of leadership differs from more traditional notions of leadership. Leadership is conceptualized very broadly to challenge hierarchical, individualistic and neutral notions of leadership. The speakers name the ways that leadership is experienced and practiced differently depending on social positionalities, roles and titles and provide important insights for us all to deepen our leadership practices.

About The Speaker

Donna Cardoza is passionate about creating excellence through equity and making equity in education a reality in schools. As a Community Support Worker in the Toronto District School Board, Donna is a leader in family and community engagement and is committed to building bridges between the home, school and community. For the past eleven years Donna Cardoza has been instrumental in developing and launching The Nubian Book Club, which builds networks and communities of learning comprised of youth, families, educators and community members, committed to the success of students of African and Caribbean heritage.  

Donna is also actively involved in the community and has been recognized for her expertise. She received an award for Black History Month (2009) from the Town of Markham for her contribution in the community. She was also the recipient of the 2009 YMCA Peace Medallion, and the 2011 Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship Award. Donna was named as one of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women in 2016 and received the York Region Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Award for Service and Innovation (Individual) from the Community Inclusivity Equity Council of York Region in 2019.  

To learn more about the Nubian Book Club and how to get involved, contact Donna directly.