Fielding Graduate University News

Fielding alumna honored by Girl Scouts of America

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Tue, May 01, 2012

Fielding graduate Thelma Jackson, EdD (ELC ’02), is being honored as a Thurston County Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America. The honor is given to women who have turned their Girl Scout experiences into successful life accomplishments.

Jackson is a highly regarded and sought-after educational consultant and a leading educational transformation theorist. She will receive the honor on May 2, 2012, in Olympia, WA. Also receiving the honor that day will be the Honorable Christine Gregoire, Governor of the State of Washington, and Kaleen Cottingham, Director of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

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Fielding student attends White House Community Action Summit

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, Mar 21, 2012


In January, Fielding student Gloria Gutierrez attended the White House Hispanic Community Action Summit at Arizona State University. The Action Summit had three key goals:

1)       Establish a space where community leaders can meaningfully engage and interact with key decision and policy makers in the Obama Administration on matters involving diverse policy areas that affect the Hispanic community;

2)      Identify policy and programmatic areas of concern, receive and respond to constructive criticism and feedback, and identify local success stories and practices in policy areas that benefit the Hispanic community and our nation;

3)      Identify and develop opportunities for Hispanic leaders and stakeholders to collaborate with the Obama administration and other leaders from across the country in addressing the interests and concerns of the Hispanic community.

Seventeen representatives from the Obama administration were among the 300 participants. As cameras rolled, Gloria presented:

“I am Gloria Gutierrez, doctoral student at Fielding Graduate University interested in doing research for my dissertation on ways to increase the graduation rates of Latinas at the community college and four year college levels.  What challenges must they overcome to be successful?  Colleges will be the source of our future leaders.”

She was given a meeting time to meet with 25 participants, some of them Dream kids. Her take-away learning was:

Major barriers:

1)      Academically underprepared

2)      Financially unprepared

3)      Immigration issues

4)      Work/life balance

5)      Lack of support system

Proposed solutions:

1)      Educate families on ways to get their kids into college

2)      American Dream Academy

3)      Financial scholarships for students

4)      Pass the Dream Act

5)      Work/life balance

6)      Identify mentors/support system

7)      Utilize social media to do outreach to the young


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Fielding Supports Goals of Occupy Wall Street

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Tue, Jan 03, 2012

The gap between rich and poor is greater than ever before in our lifetimes, and we need to stand up for those who are trying to improve their circumstances and provide for their families. As a graduate institution serving a community of scholars and practitioners who are devoted to learning and social change, we stand in support of movements like Occupy Wall Street, which attempt to create dialogue and collective engagement of our citizens at such critical social moments.

Students at institutions of higher education are being forced to pay more for tuition and go deeper into debt because of cuts in state funding and federal aid programs. The Social/Ecological Justice and Diversity Commission of the Academic Senate at Fielding Graduate University applauds the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which continues to highlight the inequity and unfairness of the society in which we live. We strongly support the movement and wish it every success. We are in this together and support activities that foster continuing dialogue around these important social issues and strengthen our democratic engagement.

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Lynn Luckow, Craigslist CEO, to be Fielding commencement speaker

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Wed, May 25, 2011
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Santa Barbara, CA (May 25, 2011) Lynn Luckow, president and CEO of Craigslist Foundation, will be the commencement speaker for Fielding Graduate University on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, VA. For the first time in its 37-year history, Fielding will bring together all three schools – Psychology, Human & Organizational Development, and Educational Leadership & Change – for an all-schools convocation followed by the graduation ceremony of each school.


Luckow’s professional interests center on addressing the pervasive social, cultural, and economic challenges faced by the world and resonate with Fielding’s focus on social justice.  He will address “Who’s Responsible for the Public Good?”


Luckow has an extensive background in business, philanthropy, and higher education. He was president and CEO of Jossey-Bass Publishers and later transition president of Northern California Grantmakers. His experience consulting to and serving nonprofit organizations is vast. He has served on over 40 boards and in 2000 was honored as the nation’s top nonprofit board chairman by the National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations.


Luckow was a doctoral student at Fielding in the early 1980s and will be conferred an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the July event. Fielding President Richard S. Meyers said of Luckow, “He has made great strides in addressing the causes of social injustice and strengthening those organizations that seek solutions. As such, Mr. Luckow exemplifies the best of what our alumni are and what they achieve.”


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