Atim Eneida George, Ph.D. is a 2020 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Dr. George at her Dissertation Defense.
L-R: Dr. Richard McGuigan, Committee Member, Dr. Jon Wergin, Committee Chair, Dr. Laurien Alexandre, Committee Member
- Jon Wergin, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Laurien Alexandre, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Richard McGuigan, Ph.D., Committee Member
African American Women, Ancestral Archive, Foreign Service, Diplomatic Practice, Generativity, Intersectionality, Leadership, Social Justice, Portraiture, Oral History, Polyvocal Narrative, Prosocial Behavior, Arts-Based Research, Legacy
There is a gap in the literature on generativity and the leadership philosophy and praxis of African American Female Foreign Service Officers (AAFFSOs). I addressed this deficit, in part, by engaging an individual of exceptional merit and distinction—Aurelia Erskine Brazeal—as an exemplar of AAFFSOs. Using qualitative research methods of portraiture and oral history, supplemented by collage, mind mapping and word clouds, this study examined Brazeal’s formative years in the segregated South and the extraordinary steps her parents took to protect her from the toxic effects of racism and legal segregation. In addition, I explored the development of Brazeal’s interest in international affairs and her trailblazing diplomatic career. In an effort to understand her leadership philosophy and praxis, the study engaged eight additional research respondents, ranging from proteges and colleagues to Brazeal’s fictive daughter, Joan Ingati. Drawing from the Iroquois Great Law of Peace, this study employed the concept of generativity—concern for the welfare and well-being of future generations—as a focal lens. The research concluded that in order to be effective in the 21st century, leaders would do well to emulate Brazeal’s example as a generative leader. This dissertation is accompanied by 11 audio files. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, http://aura.antioch.edu/ and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu.
George, A. E. (2020). Generative Leadership and the Life of Aurelia Erskine Brazeal, a Trailblazing African American Female Foreign Service Officer. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/549
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