Thanks, Anu Aneja, for this suggestion. I agree that an impoverished understanding of collegiality can involve the replication of expected mannerisms that can reinforce structures of authority and power that have marginalized and minimized traditionally underrepresented individuals and groups.
Rather than trying to define empathy and ethical imagination outside of social frameworks (which I think is impossible), I’d rather attempt to use empathy and ethical imagination to expose structures of power that impoverish our relationships with one another. These capacities enable us to imagine ways to create new, more inclusive and affirming structures and practices that might enrich the experiences of those who have historically been marginalized.
I have tried to write a bit about how we might cultivate practices of inclusion as a matter of institutional habit in a post on Learning to Play in a More Inclusive Key.
Yes, the values need more nuance, and your response here has promoted a deeper reflection on the meaning of collegiality. Thank you.