By |Published On: January 1st, 2023|Categories: Fielding News, Office of the President|

Dear Fielding Community,

Welcome to 2023!

President Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D.

On the occasion of another full turn of the earth around the sun, what may await us as the New Year turns to 2023? Impermanence, as many philosophers remind us, is the only constant. Humans have both an enormous capacity for change and, simultaneously, a resistance to it. We lament all that isn’t anymore, and yet, we adapt quickly in light of new circumstances. Resilience, the watchword of the pandemic, is also our shadow. It allows us to become accustomed to conditions that are not ideal, but we adjust.

Complacency is the opposite of who we are at Fielding. We are resilient and tough. Our research, our striving to understand the world around us — these are the characteristics of people who care and are on the move toward change. We do not accept the status quo; rather, we challenge ourselves to ask hard and complicated questions. We face hard realities: the pain of racism and the ways we are complicit; environmental destruction, and the seemingly unending nature of our grief; and more. These are the hallmarks of being human in the 21st century.

Transformation occurs when we move through our pain, acknowledge individual and societal shortcomings, and come through the other side with renewed compassion for those around us. This process allows us to commit to the kind of change we work for in the world — in therapeutic settings, educational systems, organizations, and communities.

Ultimately, if you are part of the Fielding community, you believe in the power of learning — learning that creates better conditions for the people in the world and all species that depend on us. May we take this opportunity at the beginning of a new year to also renew our faith in our academic work to foster change and in each other to believe that, by working collectively, we will be part of making a better world for those around us, as well as our families and communities.

I look forward to seeing many of you either in person or virtually in 2023. Let’s make it a good year. Each of us has the power to do this.

Peace to all of you,


President Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D.

The Fielding community is invited to the Honoring Our Veterans virtual event, sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m.-5 p.m. PST | 7 p.m.-8 p.m. EST. Learn more about Honoring Our Veterans.

About the Author: Katrina Rogers

Katrina S. Rogers, PhD, is President of Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA, a distinguished graduate school known for adult learners in the fields of clinical psychology, human talent and development, organizational leadership, and education. In the course of her career, she has served the international non-governmental and educational sectors in many roles, including executive, board member, and teacher. She led the European campus for Thunderbird School of Global Management in Geneva, Switzerland for a decade, working with international organizations such as the Red Cross, World Trade Organization, United Nations Development Program, and the European Union. She also developed externships for students at several companies, including Renault, Nestle, and EuroDisney (now Disneyland Paris). She has doctorates in political science and history. In addition to many articles and books focused on organizational leadership in sustainability, Rogers serves on the Boards of the Toda Institute for Global Policy & Peace Research and the Public Dialogue Consortium. She received a Presidential postdoctoral fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation and was a Fulbright scholar to Germany where she taught environmental politics and history. She is currently studying environmental values among leaders that have responsibility for improving sustainability practices in their organizations. These are leaders from the corporate, governmental, and nonprofit sectors. The purpose is to understand how people’s worldviews are brought to bear on the actualization of sustainability work.

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