Fielding Graduate University News

You're Invited: Longevity Workshop at Huntington Library

Posted by Starshine Roshell on Mon, Mar 28, 2016


Would you believe that the human body is capable of generating its own medicine—and that such medicine can help you live longer? Ancient Chinese healers believed our bodies could produce a “Golden Elixir” that promised longevity — and even immortality!

On April 17, members of the Fielding community are invited to a workshop exploring these ideas at the beautiful Huntington Library in San Marino, California (Los Angeles area).

In conjunction with our Creative Longevity and Wisdom concentration, the workshop is being presented by Fielding Faculty Fellow Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD.


A researcher, author, and doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, Dr. Jahnke has 40 years of clinical practice and expertise in Chinese healing traditions, is director and lead trainer at the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, and is the author of The Healer Within: Using Traditional Chinese Techniques to Release Your Body’s Own Medicine.

Workshop participants will learn about the ancient origins of the “medicine within” and how it relates to modern scientific understanding of DNA regeneration, brain plasticity, breath practice, and more.  

The workshop takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 17. The cost is $10 for admission to the Huntington Library, which includes all-day admission; the spectacular Huntington gardens open at 8:30 a.m. Parking is free. RSVP at this Eventbrite link by April 12.

We hope you’ll join us!

Tags: Creative Longevity

Alumna Monique Morris Scores Gloria Steinem Shout-Out for New Book

Posted by Starshine Roshell on Fri, Mar 25, 2016


When Gloria Steinem tells you to read something, you should probably read it.

If you ever doubted that Supremacy Crimes—those devoted to maintaining hierarchy—are rooted in both sex and race, read Pushout,” the feminist icon is quoted as saying on the back cover of Fielding alumna Monique Morris’ new book.”Monique Morris tells us exactly how schools are crushing the spirit and talent that this country needs.”

PUSHOUT exposes the ways that young Black schoolgirls are marginalized, criminalized and ultimately—unnecessarily—pushed out of schools and into unhealthy, unstable and often unsafe futures.

It’s a topic that’s been close to Morris’ heart for decades. She explored the subject in her 2001 novel Too Beautiful for Words, and again in her Fielding dissertation, “Conceptualizing a Quality, Culturally Competent and Gender Responsive Education for Northern California Black Girls in Confinement.”

Morris graduated in 2013 with an EdD and says that her doctoral research at Fielding “absolutely informed and contributed to elements” of PUSHOUT, which publishes March 29. We caught up with her for a quick Q&A just before she headed out on a book tour.

Q. What brought you to Fielding originally?
A. I was very much attracted to the community of scholars who were committed to social justice in education. I was also impressed by the caliber and diverse interests of the faculty--in fact I was referred to the program by a former faculty member that I admire and respect greatly. The flexibility of the program was also important to me, given my many professional commitments.

Q. What were some of the things you learned at Fielding that were useful to you during the creating of PUSHOUT
A. My policy work with Dr. Lenneal Henderson and systems thinking work with Dr. Kathy Tiner were particularly helpful to my thinking about educational policy, as were the focused research projects that I completed with Dr. Kitty Kelly Epstein. Skills that I learned in these courses and knowledge areas are certainly reflected in PUSHOUT and in my ongoing work to advance educational equity for marginalized girls. 

I also have to say that these three are among the finest scholars I've encountered in my academic/ professional career and I feel extraordinarily honored to have had the opportunity to work with them.

Q. What do you hope will come out of this book? What will it accomplish in the world, if you had your way?

A. I’m hopeful that this book will launch a series of conversations and strategy sessions to combat the manifestation of racialized gender oppression in schools (and communities) and to uplift the promise of Black girls as young scholars, critical thinkers, and school leaders.


Monique Morris

Q. What’s next for you?
A. Immediately, I plan to visit cities in the U.S. and center PUSHOUT in the critical discussions that I hope will foster policy and practice improvements, as well as shift the consciousness facilitating the criminalization of our children.

Following the tour, I will continue to grow the National Black Women's Justice Institute, an organization that I co-founded a few years ago. Our projects are designed to: 1) interrupt school to confinement pathways, 2) improve the employment outcomes for formerly incarcerated women, and 3) provide technical assistance to organizations working to end violence against women in African-American communities nationwide. I'm focused on remedies—so I expect to be in this work for a while.

Q. Any other writing projects in the works?
A. I may extend the epistemology and challenge myself to a graphic novel. Wouldn't that be cool?

We think it would, indeed. Good luck, Dr. Morris!

Tags: EdD

VP Orlando Taylor Addresses STEM Equity at PKAL Conference

Posted by Starshine Roshell on Wed, Mar 23, 2016


Project Kaleidoscope and the University of the District of Columbia are pleased to announce the 2016 meeting of the Capital PKAL Regional Network: “Creating Learning Environments: Valuing Diversity, Improving Retention, and Promoting Persistence for Students in STEM”. The meeting will be held April 8, 2016 on the Van Ness Campus of the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Orlando L. Taylor, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Research at Fielding Graduate University, will deliver the conference keynote, “The Continuing Quest for STEM Equity and Inclusion in American Higher Education.” Dr. Taylor’s address will provide an in-depth examination of our nation’s HBCUs, highlighting their creation and the ongoing impact of their legacies on achieving a vision of STEM equity at all institutions of higher education.

Dr. Taylor has been a national leader for many years on issues pertaining to excellence and inclusion in STEM higher education. In his role as Director of the Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership, and Education at Fielding, he serves as a vigorous advocate and spokesperson on topics and issues related to preparing the next generation of leaders for the nation’s colleges and universities.

 2016 Capital PKAL Regional Network Conference

Creating Learning Environments: Valuing Diversity, Improving Retention, and Promoting Persistence for Students in STEM

April 8, 2016
University of District of Columbia
Van Ness Campus
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

Meeting sessions, workshops, and poster presentations will explore new ideas in integrating culturally competence in STEM content; evidenced-based practices for retention and persistence of STEM students; and the role of faculty in promoting diversity in STEM higher education. Click here for the agenda.

Meeting Registration
Event registration is online. The registration fee of $50.00 covers all meeting materials and lunch. The deadline for registration is March 31, 2016.  Space is limited. To ensure a space, register today.

About Project Kaleidoscope
Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) is AAC&U’s STEM higher education reform center, dedicated to empowering STEM faculty, particularly those from underrepresented groups, to graduate more students in STEM fields who are competitively trained and liberally educated. Over the past 10 years PKAL Regional Networks have provided STEM faculty with access to affordable, effective professional development opportunities that strategically expose them to and meaningfully involve them in pedagogical advances related to undergraduate STEM teaching.

Please share this information with your STEM colleagues and save the date for this important meeting. 

Please contact us at PKAL for more information about this event.

Tags: Marie Fielder

President Rogers Helps Kellogg Corp. Empower Women

Posted by Starshine Roshell on Mon, Mar 14, 2016

Fielding Graduate University President Katrina Rogers spoke this morning to several dozen women from the Kellogg Corporation as part of International Women’s Day/Month.

Like Fielding, Kellogg is a signatory to the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles. During the webinar for Kellogg’s Women in Procurement team, Dr. Rogers shared the work and goals of Fielding’s Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment, noting that women’s empowerment is gender empowerment; men and women have to understand gender disparity and seek parity, working as allies.

She also highlighted fascinating and relevant research by Fielding students, demonstrating that women leaders often feel silenced in organizational settings, African-American women often use transformational leadership to enact change, and women are more likely to define power in multi-dimensional ways. Other studies revealed that women’s participative and collective orientations make them more democratic and inclusive leaders, and that women tend to score higher on accountability and self-directed decision making.

The audience was especially interested in the “softer power” concept explored in student research, and Dr. Rogers offered some practical ways that they can help empower women at work:

  • Help women achieve their ambitions by mentoring them.
  • Challenge conscious and unconscious bias by being a role model.
  • Call for gender-balanced leadership, such as asking for gender balance in teams and key decisions. Research shows this leads to better decision making.
  • Value everyone’s contributions equally, which may mean calling on someone who’s silent. Research shows that teams are more effective when everyone talks.
  • Create inclusive, flexible cultures—starting within your own sphere of influence.
  • Share resources, such as sending around relevant articles like this one: The Business Benefits of Gender Diversity

Tags: WNGE

Facing (Virtual) Reality at Media Summit 2016

Posted by Meghann Ryan on Thu, Mar 03, 2016



The future is now.

In fact, it's this week in Manhattan at the 12th annual Media Summit New York, where members of Fielding’s Media Psychology program gave a presentation Wednesday on augmented and virtual reality.

Above, author and PhD student Meghann Ryan spends time on a yacht via virtual reality goggles.

Attended by producers, software and hardware developers, network executives, press, and students, Media Summit New York 2016 is part of the Digital Hollywood trade conferences. Fielding is a sponsor of this year's event.


PhD students Matthew Price and Caryn Wiley-Rapoport joined faculty members Dr. Garry Hare, Dr. Jerri Lynn Hogg, and Dr. Pamela Rutledge to present “The Psychology of Design and Audience Engagement: AR, VR and Real Time Media,” an analysis and outlook of augmented- and virtual-reality technologies and uses.

The presentation focused on keeping the audience engaged with the technology through personalized content. Dr. Rutledge discussed best practices for engaging the audience while Price shared his project designed to measure presence and determine the "realness" of the technology. Wiley-Rapoport emphasized the link between a brand’s story and a user’s personal story.


Dr. Hogg, above, and Dr. Hare demonstrated a project that they helped create which allows visitors to scan a name on The Vietnam Memorial Wall with a smart device (phone, tablet, etc). It then loads a video made by the veteran's family, featuring a short biography of the fallen soldier.

Fielding’s research is used to inform the designs of various technologies, many of which could be seen in the demonstration areas. Digital Hollywood participants were invited to use the interactive gadgets, televisions, cameras, and computers. For example, there was a demonstration of a 360-degree camera that can capture every angle in one photograph. 

An ongoing theme of the Media Summit is that we have an enormous amount of technology, but need better content and narratives. Without a good story, the technology cannot live up to its full potential. 


First-year PhD students Meghann Ryan, Jared Sinclair, and Naila Mattison-Jones head back to "reality" today for the Summit's wrap-up.

Tags: Media psychology