Book Review: The N- in You

In The N- in You, Dr. J.W. Wiley discusses the link between diversity, social justice, leadership, and language. It was an interesting read all around, as Dr. Wiley has a great gift at writing and talking about issues of diversity, social justice, leadership, and language.

The way Dr. Wiley broke up the book into different chapters on offensive words (e.g. retard, gay) was a great way to approach the broad subject and focus the writing. Of particular interest to me was Dr. Wiley’s commentary on racism and not hating the hater because of how Dr. Wiley presented the ideas and how they were different than ideas I had already heard.

Yet, I finished The N- in You wanting more. Dr. Wiley glossed over the leadership portion of his text (or rather overstated how much focus leadership would have in the text) as the leadership moments were just being an active bystander. Additionally, the discussions of non-inclusive language were nothing I hadn’t already encountered in my graduate studies in student affairs.

All in all, this was a good book but left me wanting more. It provides some useful insights into the practice as an educator that every educator should read.

5/10.

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