The Vermont Connection


Within higher education, leaders of color face a history of racism expressed through negative experiences of bias and discrimination in today’s colleges and universities. In the book, Leaders of Color in Higher Education: Unrecognized Triumphs in Harsh Institutions, Leonard A. Valverde (2003) illustrates the pain felt by leaders of color as they navigate an unwelcoming system. He provides readers with the tools necessary to recognize systematic injustices and examines ways in which leaders of color can “act” as the change they wish to see within the institutions they serve. The following book review explores how Valverde examines the unheard and unrecognized voices of leaders of color and provides ways to create awareness in today’s increasingly diverse college and university environments.