The Politics of Leading Change Informal Discussion

Friday, April 29, 2022

11 am PT | 12 pm MT | 1 pm CT | 2 pm ET

Facilitators: Madhura Kulkarni, Northern Kentucky University
Gita Bangera, Bellevue Community College

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This webinar is part of a series dedicated to examining the politics of leading change.

As change leaders, we often come up against challenges we call "politics". This informal discussion follows a panel discussion with change leaders from across the country on April 19. We recommend that participants also take part in that discussion and review the Susan Elrod video on leadership moves below before participating in this informal discussion, but it is not required. (Registering for either event will give you access to both.) If you are unable to attend the live panel discussion, a recording will be posted on the panel discussion page. This informal discussion will allow space for ASCN members and guests to discuss our own experiences with the politics of leading change in small groups.

Please watch this Elrod video (17:28-34:22) before the event. It's not a requirement for attending the event, but will help prepare you for the discussion!


We welcome change leaders of all types.


In these events, we hope to facilitate a discussion of change politics-related themes, including:

  1. Power and authority – or leading up, down and sideways in the structures and hierarchies present at institutions of higher education
  2. Working with factions or unions – or developing and leveraging solidarity
  3. How to deal with difficult interpersonal dynamics on a group level, especially when there are valid concerns and good faith efforts on all sides
  4. How to determine when to push back vs. listen quietly
  5. How to balance inclusiveness vs. urgency for change in decision-making


Registration deadline has passed.

Time - 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET
Duration - 60 minutes
Format - Online web presentation via Zoom web meeting software with questions and discussion. Go to the webinar technology page for more information on using Zoom. Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.
Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Please email Bradlee Cotton ( if you have any technical questions about this event.


Madhura Kulkarni
Northern Kentucky University
Madhura Kulkarni, Director, Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics, Northern Kentucky University

Gita Bangera,Bellevue Community College