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Fielding Graduate University’s Worldwide Network For Gender Empowerment Granted Consultative Status To The United Nations

Posted by Hilary Molina on Sat, Oct 17, 2015

The Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE), a center within Fielding Graduate University, announced today that it was granted special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Acting Chief for the Office of ECOSOC Support and Coordination Alberto Padova wrote, “I am pleased to inform you that the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at its coordination and management meeting adopted the recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to grant special consultative status to your organization. On behalf of all staff of the Non-Governmental Organizations Branch/OESC/DESA, please accept our heartfelt congratulations.”

WNGE, a global organization focused on scholar-activism impacting women’s and gender issues, has been a recognized and registered nongovernmental (NGO) with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) since 2009. This special consultative status elevates WNGE into an elite circle of NGOs working directly with the functional commissions.

ECOSOC status for an organization enables it to actively engage with the United Nations Secretariat, programs, funds and agencies. These activities include:

  • Placement of items of special interest in the provisional agenda of the Council
  • Attendance at meetings and access to the United Nations offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna
  • Submission and circulation of written statements
  • Oral presentations at ECOSOC
  • Consultations with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies

“We are extremely pleased to have been granted special consultative status to the UN,” stated Director for WNGE Anna DiStefano, EdD. “This provides us the opportunity to more fully engage in our global advocacy and policy work focused on gender empowerment and equity.”

Fielding Graduate University President Katrina Rogers added, “We are very proud of the accomplishments of WNGE and the recognition the organization has received on the global stage. WNGE is a great example of Fielding’s focus on scholar-activism, social justice and leadership.”

Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE) is an engaged and diverse ecosystem comprised of global members committed to research, collaboration, and action in support of women’s and gender issues. WNGE is focused on impacting change with cross-cutting measures in sectors including education, health care, environment, violence prevention, equality, and globalization.



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Fielding Signs Partnership Agreement With the University of the Virgin Islands

Posted by Hilary Molina on Wed, Aug 19, 2015

Fielding Graduate University is partnering with the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) who also reached agreements with the University of St. Maarten, Philipsburg, St. Maarten; the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica; Nantong University, China; Yangzhou University, China; and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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Photo courtesy of University of the Virgin Islands

Back row left to right: Dr. Orlando Taylor, Fielding VP of Strategic Initiatives; Dr. Linda Thomas, UVI Dean, School of Education; Dr. James S. Maddirala, UVI Associate Provost for Graduate, Global and Academic Affairs; Dr. Stephen Reames, UVI Dean, School of Business; Dr. Dorothy Agger-Gupta, Program Director, Fielding School of Human & Organizational Development ; Dr. Habtes Yegin, UVI Professor of Education. Front row left to right: Dr. Camille McKayle, UVI Provost; Dr. David Hall, UVI President ; Dr. Katrina Rogers, Fielding President; Dr. Linda Honold, Chair, Fielding Board of Trustees.

Each of the agreements, known as memoranda of understanding (MOU), are unique and share a spirit of cooperation and understanding. UVI’s MOU with Fielding is intended to establish mutually beneficial collaborations in academic programs, research, the pursuit of grants, continuing education, and certificate programs. “The common goal of the MOUs is to enhance the UVI experience, either by having students from other parts of the world in the classroom here at UVI or by having UVI students sit in the classrooms around the world,” said UVI Provost Dr. Camille McKayle, “A 21st Century education needs to be a global education. UVI graduates will find themselves in work environments with people from around the world, actually and virtually. UVI aims to prepare them for that environment by giving them opportunities to see that world so that it is a less daunting place.”

The general objective of the agreement with Fielding is to engage in long-term collaboration in fields that are compatible with the orientation and expertise of each institution. The MOU provides for possible collaborations involving a PhD collaborative program in leadership with agreed upon credits transferable from one institution to the other. This collaboration will target, though not exclusively, Fielding’s Schools of Human and Organizational Development and School of Education Leadership for Change. Students will be able to study several concentrations including, academic leadership, political leadership, ecological justice leadership and health leadership.

According to the MOU other possible collaborations include:

  • Joint courtesy/adjunct faculty appointments to support PhD degree programs at each institution
  • Faculty exchanges
  • Continuing education opportunities on selected topics
  • Faculty development in competency based education and/or prior learning assessments
  • Faculty development and technical support in instructional design
  • Joint research activity in areas of mutual interest and expertise
  • Joint applications for external grants in areas of mutual interest and expertise
  • Possible establishment of a formal center or institute on leadership and diversity to house Fielding/UVI activity possibly in conjunction with Fielding’s Institute for Social Innovation or Fielding’s new Marie Fielder Center on Democracy, Leadership and Education.
  • Joint marketing and student recruitment domestically and internationally
  • Periodic Fielding residencies in the Virgin Islands; UVI residencies in Santa Barbara, CA

The MOU is for three years with an automatic renewal unless terminated.

Fielding Graduate University President Katrina Rogers, PhD stated, “We are honored to be working with the University of Virgin Islands to support our mutual goals to develop leadership across the globe for the complex, often difficult conditions, our graduates will face over the course of their careers.  We look forward to many years of a partnership to create effective educational offerings for students that assist them in attaining their professional goals and provide skills and knowledge for their lifetime.”

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Fielding faculty Four Arrows recognized with Midday Star Award

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Aug 30, 2012
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Fielding Graduate University-School of Educational Leadership & Change (ELC) faculty member Don Trent (Four Arrows) Jacobs, PhD was the fifth person to receive the Midday Star Award since its inception in 2004.

Four Arrows recently returned from presenting at the Ontario Institute for the Study of Education at the University of Toronto, where he joined six other indigenous elders from around the world to lead the fourth Spirit Matters conference and was presented with the Midday Star Award. The award was presented in memory of George Charles, Ojibway elder and Korean War veteran, whose native name was GAZH GAD NANG, meaning Midday Star. George Charles was recognized in 2005 as one of Canada's top 14 aboriginal heroes for uniting people of all colors in peace as brothers and sisters of the global human family.

The award announcement reads:

"To Four Arrows, Wahinkpe Topa, aka Don Trent Jacobs, in recognition of his service to aboriginal communities in a variety of forms that stress inclusiveness, respect for the traditional teachings of wisdom, love, respect, courage, honesty, humility and truth, working to undo stereotypes and to walk the Good Red Road. Presented on August 26, 2012, at the Spirit Matters Conference at the Ontario Institute for the Study of Education, this plaque will be mounted for display at the Harvey Anderson Memorial Library Resource Center in Rama, Ontario, within the boundaries of the Mjikaning First Nation. Four Arrows' books are also among the first to be housed at the center."

Four Arrows with flute at ns06 resized 600Four Arrows commented: "I humbly share this to let my ELC colleagues know that indigenizing mainstream education is more and more being called into being. Edgar Mitchell, former astronaut and founder of the Institute of Noetic Science, has written, 'Only a handful of visionaries recognize the importance of Indigenous worldviews in solving the problems facing our world today'. I hope this perspective becomes a part of ELC's reputation as a result of this award."

For more information about the Spirit Matters Gathering click here.


Tags: globalization, educational leadership, conference, human rights

The Burbank International Film Festival honors Fielding alumna Mary Shuttleworth

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Aug 28, 2012

Mary Shuttleworth

In addition to honoring outstanding independent filmmakers in a variety of categories, The Burbank International Film Festival is also proud to honor industry icons, innovators and pioneers in the world of Art, Music and Film.

Mary Shuttleworth is the Founder and President for Youth for Human Rights International. Born and raised in South Africa, she saw first-hand the devastating effects of the lack of basic human rights, and realized that education was the long-term solution to improving conditions. She earned her Doctorate in Education from Fielding Graduate University, and in 2001 started the non-profit corporation Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI). She is the Executive Producer of the multiple award-winning music video, “United”, a series of PSA’s on human rights, and award-winning short films including “The Story of Human Rights”. Her films and PSA’s are being shown around the world on TV, Cable, and DVD, and “The Story of Human Rights” will be screening in the festival documentary shorts program. Her organization now has groups and chapters in more than 100 countries around the world. She has visited over 80 countries to promote her Human Rights Education, meeting with Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and United Nations officials. The mayor of Los Angeles proclaimed “Youth for Human Rights Day” for the City of Los Angels, and the mayor of Burbank officially acknowledged her in both 2010 and 2011. Through her efforts, she has reached millions of people around the world by inspiring leadership through education. The Burbank International Film Festival is honored to present this year’s festival “Awareness Award” to Mary Shuttleworth and her son, Taron Lexton. (

Tags: globalization, social justice, educational leadership, international, human rights

Media psychology faculty member to publish sequel to acclaimed "The Biblical World"

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Tue, Apr 24, 2012
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Jean-Pierre Isbouts, D.Litt, a faculty member in Fielding Graduate University’s doctoral media psychology program, has completed the manuscript for the upcoming National Geographic publication In the Footsteps of Jesus. This 368-page hardcover book is richly illustrated with location photography, archaeological objects, art, and maps. In it Dr. Isbouts reconstructs the historical, social, and cultural environment in which the life of Jesus and the rise of early Christianity took place. The book is divided into three main segments:

 • Part 1 offers an overview of the Roman Empire before the birth of Jesus and the socio-economic changes wrought by Herod the Great in Palestine, followed by an intimate recreation of everyday life in a small Galilean village such as Nazareth.

• Part 2 follows closely in Jesus’ footsteps by recreating the journeys of his ministry, beginning within the immediate vicinity of Capernaum, followed by travels throughout Galilee, and culminating in the journeys to Tyre, Sidon and the Decapolis before the fateful journey to Jerusalem. Here, the narrative offers a detailed, hour-by-hour reconstruction of the Passion events, based on the latest scholarly and archaeological findings.

• Part 3 traces the gradual emergence of Christian communities in the decades after the Easter events, not only among the core of Jewish Christians in Jerusalem and Judea, but also among Jewish and Gentile communities in Syria, Asia Minor and Greece, in addition to many other Christian communities seeded by the rapidly modernizing land and sea routes in the Early Roman Empire.jean pierre Isbouts 1

• Lastly, the book traces the growing popularity of pilgrimage routes to the Holy Land, which enabled thousands of pilgrims from the 4th century onwards to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. 

In the Footsteps of Jesus is deeply respectful of Christian traditions of all denominations, but does not hesitate to tackle some of the urgent questions raised by modern biblical scholarship and archaeological discovery. Among others, the book examines the insights offered by recent excavations at Sepphoris and Jerusalem, which shed new light on Jesus’ adolescence and the Passion. It also offers a fresh interpretation of Jesus’ Kingdom of God philosophy, while vividly illustrating the social and economic impact of Herod’s rapacious tax regimes as very few books have done before. Lastly, the book proposes a comprehensive chronological timeline of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee and beyond, based on the sometimes conflicting details reported in the Gospels.

The manuscript has been reviewed by a panel of distinguished scholars, including Craig Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia; Donald Senior, C.P., a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and General Editor of The Catholic Study Bible; Shaye J. D. Cohen, Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy at Harvard University; and Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

The book will also include a number of photographs shot by Dr. Isbouts in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Turkey.

 In the Footsteps of Jesus is scheduled for release in November of 2012 as part of a nationwide promotional campaign. For more information, please contact Lisa Thomas at

Tags: globalization, Media psychology, social justice, educational leadership, diversity, religion, leadership, human rights, graduate education

WNGE affiliates with UN Dept. of Public Information

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Thu, Apr 12, 2012

Fielding’s Worldwide Network for Gender Empowerment (WNGE) has been accepted to be part of the Non-Governmental Organizations of the Department of Public Information (DPI) of the United Nations.

This association indicates that WNGE is committed to disseminating information and raising public awareness about the purposes and activities of the United Nations and issues of global concern. Associated NGOs are expected to include information about the work of the United Nations in their own promotional materials.

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Faculty member visits schools in Cuba

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Mar 16, 2012

Kathy Tiner, PhD, a facudescribe the imagelty member in Fielding’s School of Educational Leadership & Change, recently traveled to Cuba for a ten-day educational exploration. In collaboration with the Cuban Association of Educators, seventeen U.S. educators joined the Busquedas Investigativas (Investigating the Practice of Education) and visited Cuban universities, institutes of pedagogy, and K-12 schools.

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In sessions with faculty, parents, and students, Tiner created space for open communication and the exchange of ideas with those involved in all levels of education. She and her Cuban peers recognized many similarities between their two educational systems and found much to learn from each other.


Tags: globalization, social justice, diversity

ELC faculty member's paper receives prestigious award

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Sep 28, 2011
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Fielding Graduate University’s Yolanda Gayol, EdD, received the Best Paper award at the Fourteen Cambridge International Conference on Open, Distance, and E-learning 2011. The conference is a collaborative effort between the Von Hugel Institute, Saint Edmunds College, Cambridge, the Open University and the Commonwealth of Learning. Gayol is on the faculty of Fielding’s School of Educational Leadership & Change.

Her paper that received the award was "International collaboration for social justice through immersive worlds: The US-Mexico program Letras para Volar.” The paper was supported in part by Fielding Graduate University. Co-authors were Dr. Patricia Rosas and Alejandro Uribe. 

Tags: globalization, social justice, diversity, conference, adult learning, Distributed education, higher education, human rights

Isbouts to write new book for National Geographic

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Fri, Sep 23, 2011

National Geographic Books, a unit of National Geographic Society, has retained Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts, author of National Geographic’s bestseller The Biblical World, for a new book titled In the Footsteps of Jesus. The new book will place the life of Jesus within the geography, history, and culture of first century Roman Palestine using the latest insights from modern archaeology, literary research, and forensic studies.

The Biblical World, written by Isbouts and published by National Geographic in 2007, explored the geographical, cultural, and literary context of the Judeo-Christian Bible, including narratives from both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament. As was the case with The Biblical World, the new book will deploy a strictly non-denominational approach. A television series based on the book is under consideration.

 “We hope that In the Footsteps of Jesus will help modern audiences to better understand Jesus in the context of his time, both as a historical figure and as the founder of Christianity,” said Lisa Thomas, senior editor at National Geographic Books.

A humanities scholar, Isbouts is a faculty member in the doctoral media psychology program at Fielding Graduate University. His most recent books include Young Jesus (2008) and From Moses to Muhammad (2010). For more information, visit

National Geographic Society, founded in 1888 and based in Washington, D.C., is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. For more information, visit


Tags: globalization, social justice, diversity, psychology, Transformational learning, religion, human rights

Richard Appelbaum Named MacArthur Foundation Chair

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Thu, Jun 03, 2010
 Richard Appelbaum, PhD, affiliated with the School of Human & Organizational Development (HOD), has been named to one of two John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chairs at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He and UCSB history professor Nelson Lichtenstein will pursue joint programming and research focused on the theme of "Human Rights in the Workplace: At Home and Abroad."

Appelbaum is a professor of sociology and global and international studies and director of graduate studies at UCSB. He and Lichtenstein each will receive the returns on two $1 million endowments over five years to support teaching, research, and public service activities.

The MacArthur Foundation Chairs currently at UCSB are among seven chairs funded by a UC system-wide endowment from the MacArthur Foundation. The endowment was established in 2009 for the purpose of supporting research, public service, and teaching that promotes the objectives of the MacArthur Foundation, which include working to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. At the end of five years, the two endowed chairs currently at UCSB will be redistributed to other UC campuses.

The scholarly activities Appelbaum and Lichtenstein will pursue include an evaluation of the International Labor Organization and its work; a historical and comparative look at guest worker programs; and an examination of evolving labor conditions, laws, and enforcement in emerging economies.

According to Appelbaum, "Globalization has made it increasingly difficult for workers to achieve the basic human rights to which they are entitled. Retailers such as Wal-Mart and the brands that they carry now source from supply chains that extend around the world, moving production from factory to factory in search of the lowest possible costs. One of our central challenges is to better understand how workers' rights can be best achieved when businesses can move about the world with relative ease."


Tags: globalization, social justice, workers rights, MacArthur Foundation, human rights