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 National Science Foundation Opportunities for UnderRepresented Scholars (OURS)*

The certificate program is designed to prepare and position participants for leadership roles up to and including the senior administrative levels at Tribal Colleges. The program focuses on many seminal topics in higher education such as: contemporary and future issues in higher education, financial and budgetary issues affecting TCUs, governance, and institutional advancement, as well as personal attributes that enhance opportunities and success for women in academic leadership.

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. This year’s Conclave is scheduled for September 17-19, 2016 at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland.


*pending transfer approval of this program from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology