Fielding Graduate University Names New Center for Marie Fielder

Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California, has announced the establishment of the Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership, and Education, a multidisciplinary research and advocacy center aimed at advancing diversity and inclusion throughout society. The new center honors the life and legacy of the late Marie Fielder, an influential African American educator and champion for social justice, who was a member of Fielding’s founding family in the 1970s.

A native of Texas, Marie Fielder moved to California at the age of 5. She held bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and earned a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Dr. Fielder taught at San Francisco State College and the University of California, Berkeley before moving to Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Fielder died in 2002 at the age of 85.

Katrina Rogers, president of Fielding Graduate University, stated that “social and ecological justice has resided at the cornerstone of Fielding’s mission since its founding in 1974. 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 required to ensure that while ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, it bends toward justice.'”

taylorThe new Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership, and Education will be under the direction of Orlando Taylor, vice president of strategic initiatives and research at Fielding Graduate University. Before coming to Fielding in 2014, Dr. Taylor was the founding president of the Washington, D.C., campus of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Earlier, he spent more than 30 years as a faculty member and administrator at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Taylor is a graduate of Hampton University in Virginia. He earned a master’s degree at Indiana University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Johns Hopkins University Launches New Major and Center for Critical Study of Racism, Immigration, and Colonialism

The new Chloe Center for the Critical Study of Racism, Immigration, and Colonialism will provide research opportunities and educational events for the Johns Hopkins University community. As part of the new program, the university has announced a new undergraduate major in critical diaspora studies.

Chicago Library Receives $2 Million to Digitize Collection of African American History and Literature

The Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection housed within the Chicago Public Library will soon be available online to the public thanks to a $2 million grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Each week, JBHE will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. The books included are on a wide variety of subjects and present many different points of view.

Featured Jobs