Consistent with the mission of Fielding Graduate University to advance social justice, and the priority of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to broaden participation in the STEM disciplines, Fielding, with generous support from NSF, has launched several efforts to enhance the preparation of a diverse, globally engaged STEM workforce. These efforts have focused on the preparation of a new generation of culture-centered women and men to lead diversity and inclusion in STEM in college and universities.

Current Initiatives 

The Fielding/ Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership (CASL)

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership (CASL) was initiated in 2016 as a joint enterprise, with generous funding from the National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP). CASL is a collaborative partnership involving the University of the Virgin Islands, Fielding Graduate University, North Carolina A&T State University, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. With the authenticity and legitimacy that can only come from the soul of a lived HBCU experience, CASL seeks to reposition leadership at HBCUs from the margins to the center of broadening participation in research, practice, and discourse in STEM higher education.

Since its inception, CASL has expanded to include 16 HBCUs from across the nation. CASL’s areas of focus include Research, Education, Knowledge Translation, and Outreach. Collectively, these institutions and organizations examine, explore, and implement daring innovative institutional change approaches for broadening participation in STEM that are grounded in one fundamental principle: Leadership Matters.

At Fielding, CASL is housed within the Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership, and Education. Dr. Orlando Taylor serves as the university’s Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Research, as well as CASL’s Executive Director and Principal Investigator.

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The Fielding/Conclave Leadership Academy

This continuing education experience is designed to enhance the preparation of a cadre of STEM women of color for academic leadership roles in colleges and universities throughout the United States. Housed within Fielding’s Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership and Education, the program is woven into the Annual STEM Women of Color Conclave, focusing on the cognitive aspects of leadership.