Fielding Graduate University News

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

Fielding Launches Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership, and Education

Posted by Starshine Roshell on Thu, Jan 07, 2016


On January 15, 2016, Fielding Graduate University will launch its brand new Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership, and Education, a multidisciplinary research and advocacy center that will advance diversity and inclusion throughout society. It honors the life and legacy of the late Marie Fielder, PhD, a brilliant and influential African American educator and champion for social justice, who was a member of Fielding’s founding family in the 1970s.
The Center aims to become a significant national entity for advancing public discourse and advocacy on social democracy, leadership and especially education—K-12 through university.
“Social and ecological justice has resided at the cornerstone of Fielding’s mission since its founding in 1974,” says Katrina Rogers, PhD, president of Fielding. “Among its earliest leaders was Dr. Marie Fielder, who lived her life in pursuit of justice and inclusion of all people in all aspects of civic life. Through the Marie Fielder Center, Fielding reaffirms its commitment to conducting the research, providing the public and academic education, and engaging in the advocacy in diverse communities that is required to ensure the notion that while ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, it bends toward justice.’”
At the launch event during Winter Session, Fielding will also present the inaugural Marie Fielder medal to Walter Bumphus, PhD, President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges.

Tags: research, Marie Fielder