About 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.

Statement From the President: Transforming the Climate Conversation on Earth Day

2024-04-22T06:49:52-07:00

President Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D. On this 54th Anniversary of America's first Earth Day celebration, it is a time to reflect on how we moved from a consensus on the urgent need for environmental protection across the country to woefully underestimating the need for action about climate change. A recent study shows that most Europeans and Americans acknowledge that the climate is warming and that a warming planet will likely hurt humankind. At the same time, there is a distortion of the scientific consensus about the data, which leads to a tendency among the public to underestimate the [...]

Statement From the President: Transforming the Climate Conversation on Earth Day2024-04-22T06:49:52-07:00

Dr. Orlando Taylor: A Person to Emulate

2024-03-05T09:43:29-08:00

Orlando L. Taylor, Ph.D. By: Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D. The first time I stepped into the offices of Diverse Issues In Higher Education, I was with Dr. Orlando Taylor. He took me there to meet his long-time colleague and co-founder of the magazine, Dr. Bill Cox. As I listened to their wide-ranging conversation, about people they knew, or had known, and projects they worked on together, I was taken by the longevity of their connection to each other. They shared a common spirit in their separate spheres: to advance people of color through mentoring and teaching. In our [...]

Dr. Orlando Taylor: A Person to Emulate2024-03-05T09:43:29-08:00

A New Year Message from the President

2024-01-10T11:42:31-08:00

Dear Fielding colleagues,   Happy 2024 to each of you, and Happy 50th Anniversary year, Fielding!   An anniversary of any magnitude is a time for reflection – about how we made a contribution to a different way of graduate education and the excitement for the future. Since March 11, 1974, we have witnessed Fielding transform into what it is today – a community of scholar-practitioners changing their own lives and the world around them.    For my New Year message, please click on the link here.  I look forward to seeing many of you in person or virtually during this special year [...]

A New Year Message from the President2024-01-10T11:42:31-08:00

How We Can Advocate on Behalf of All of Society’s Members on International Day of Persons with Disabilities

2023-12-01T11:06:08-08:00

How We Can Advocate on Behalf of All of Society’s Members on International Day of Persons with Disabilities I am 19 and sitting in my neurologist’s office when he informs me that I have an incurable, chronic illness called multiple sclerosis. I know what MS is; my sister-in-law has it, and decades into the future, she dies from it. My heart clenches. This is not what any young person wants to hear. According to the World Health Organization, 16 percent of the world’s population, or one in six of us, experiences a significant disability. People with disabilities are a group [...]

How We Can Advocate on Behalf of All of Society’s Members on International Day of Persons with Disabilities2023-12-01T11:06:08-08:00

WSCUC Commission Approves Fielding, Rowan Education Partners Affiliation

2023-12-01T11:47:58-08:00

Dear Fielding community,   The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has approved the affiliation between Fielding and Rowan Education Partners. Rowan Education Partners is an initiative of Rowan University, a well-respected university in New Jersey.  WSCUC’s responsibilities include establishing WSCUC Standards for institutional quality and processes for review, acting on accreditation status of individual institutions, and setting the strategic goals of WSCUC as a higher education organization committed to excellence, equity, and the public good.    This affiliation, while important for our future, means that Fielding remains an independent, nonprofit educational institution with our own financial and academic autonomy. Fielding is [...]

WSCUC Commission Approves Fielding, Rowan Education Partners Affiliation2023-12-01T11:47:58-08:00

Statement from the President – Veterans Day

2023-11-13T13:36:51-08:00

President Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D. This Veterans Day marks the first time I will commemorate our veterans without the presence of my husband, Ret. Army Maj. Bill Cherry. My beloved husband and dedicated veteran passed away peacefully on Feb. 12, 2023 (read Bill’s obituary here).   Bill was not just a veteran; he was a beacon of hope for many. As a young man from a small town in Arizona, he saw the Army as his duty and a chance at a better future. Enlisting in 1961, he viewed it as the right thing to do and believed [...]

Statement from the President – Veterans Day2023-11-13T13:36:51-08:00

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Statement from President Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D.

2023-10-04T11:32:57-07:00

President Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D. On this Indigenous Peoples’ Day and every day of the year, Fielding celebrates the notion of kinship within the fabric of Indigenous cultures around the world. Kinship is not only a biological connection that ties us to one another, but it remains a deeply rooted philosophy that contributes to the interconnection of all living things and the lands we inhabit. We all know, either through data or an intuitive sense, that human beings cannot go on forever living on our finite planet as if we had limitless resources. Planetary transformation, economic and social, [...]

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Statement from President Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D.2023-10-04T11:32:57-07:00

Climate Crisis Demands Collective, Individual Leadership and Responsibility

2023-08-29T11:32:48-07:00

Not everyone can lower their carbon footprint, but every person can do one thing within a community context of support. As temperatures continued to rise this summer, with dire predictions that the next year will be hotter than the one that preceded it, communities around the globe have added climate adaptation and building resilient infrastructure to their list of priorities. Grim statistics greet us as we read news stories, ranging from the worldwide crash of the amphibian population to the decline of pollinators, so necessary for global food production. Recently, the increased temperatures in the southern Florida Keys have caused [...]

Climate Crisis Demands Collective, Individual Leadership and Responsibility2023-08-29T11:32:48-07:00

Statement From the President: Act on this Earth Day for Ecological Justice 

2023-08-22T11:54:44-07:00

Dear Fielding Community, President Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D. Growing up on a small farm in New England, my family was tied to the rhythms of the seasons and the land. We guided our calendar and lives by when to plant tomatoes, harvest corn and seed the winter rye. The connection to the natural world felt timeless, and the land, ever enduring.    Each summer, Red would show up on our doorstep and stay a few weeks. Red was a giant in my child’s eyes, certainly more than 6 feet tall -- and he had a wagon like Professor [...]

Statement From the President: Act on this Earth Day for Ecological Justice 2023-08-22T11:54:44-07:00

Op-Ed: A New Kind of Education for Urban Leaders in America

2023-03-01T09:53:26-08:00

By: President Katrina S. Rogers, Ph.D., Fielding Graduate University, and President Ronald Mason, Jr., J.D., University of the District of Columbia Urban communities large and small face more new and complex challenges as well as more opportunities than ever before. For example, consider racism, violence, climate change, population mobility enhanced by faster and more economical transportation options and sophisticated technologies that enhance quicker transmission of larger bodies of information, much of which includes disinformation and is leading to greater cultural divisiveness along political, racial and economic lines. Urban community leaders must therefore be attuned to these changing realities and understand how to [...]

Op-Ed: A New Kind of Education for Urban Leaders in America2023-03-01T09:53:26-08:00
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