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Fielding Graduate University Receives Carnegie Foundation Selection for Community Engagement

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Jan 02, 2009
For Immediate Release

Sylvia Williams, Director of Communications
Fielding Graduate University
2112 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Santa Barbara, CA (January 2, 2009)-Fielding Graduate University has earned the prestigious classification of community engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it was announced today by Judith L. Kuipers, PhD, president of the university. This competitive classification recognizes universities and colleges that have substantive partnerships with a wide range of communities. Fielding was acknowledged for its work in social justice and positive change efforts in communities throughout the United States with the work of the Institute of Social Innovation (ISI) and other efforts within the schools of Educational Leadership & Change, Human & Organization Development, and Psychology.

"We are honored to be recognized by a classification that underscores a truly core part of Fielding's mission - to be engaged with communities both through scholarly research and meaningful practice," said Anna DiStefano, EdD, Fielding provost. DiStefano worked with Katrina Rogers, PhD, director of Fielding's Institute for Social Innovation, during the application process.

"We hope that by acknowledging the commitment and accomplishment of these engaged institutions, the Foundation will encourage other colleges and universities to move in this direction. Doing so benefits communities and students at these institutions alike," said Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk. Carnegie focused on the ways in which institutions engage faculty, students, and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration. Their interactions address community-identified needs, deepen students' civic and academic learning, enhance community well-being and enrich the scholarship of the institution. Another important element was honoring work that focuses on collaborative interactions with communities and related scholarship, exploration and application of knowledge, and information and resources in the areas of research, capacity building, and economic development.

Other institutions chosen for this classification include Colorado State University, Duke University, Iowa State University, Ohio State University, Purdue University, Swarthmore College, Tulane University, University of Massachusetts, and Washington State University.

The Institute for Social Innovation supports the creation of social capital by strengthening the capacity of individuals and organizations to address societal problems. Housed in Fielding's School of Human & Organization Development, ISI is organized into three program areas: frontiers in research, leadership for change, and organizational development. ISI supports projects that exemplify the following principles: 1) knowledge that blends multidisciplinary theory and professional practice, 2) action that sustains positive social change, and 3) collaboration that builds more effective organizations. The institute has a track record of support for innovative approaches that produce systemic change in individuals, organizations and communities," said Director Katrina Rogers. "By supporting committed and talented people who are doing creative work, we are helping to promote a more humane future." For more information on ISI, please contact

Fielding Graduate University is a leading provider of knowledge, new practices, and graduate-level learning opportunities in the fields of clinical psychology, media psychology, organizational development, and educational leadership. A nonprofit, accredited university, Fielding is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, where it was founded in 1974. Its distributed community of professionals are dedicated to lifelong learning; social justice and change; and innovation and advancement in organizations, communities, and society. For further information visit