Dear Fielding Community members, It is with shock and deep sadness that we send this message to you regarding the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, which took the lives of many 2SLGBTQ+ individuals. This atrocity occurred just hours before a scheduled event memorializing the Transgender Day of Remembrance, an event that commemorates the individuals lost to anti-transgender violence — particularly those who are most vulnerable to this form of violence: BIPOC transgender women and femmes. As this tragedy continues to unfold, we are reminded of the 2016 shooting that occurred in Orlando, Florida, at the Pulse nightclub in [...]
About Katrina RogersKatrina 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.
It is no surprise that those in the Fielding community know me only as the president of this university, a longtime educator, an advocate of environmental justice, and as a mentor to graduate students. But the title I have held the longest is also the most endearing to me. It is military spouse. Could you look at me and know that I am married to a retired Army Major? Probably not, but I have been for 32 incredible years. Ret. Army Maj. Bill Cherry, my courageous husband, friend, and hero, is the reason this Veterans Day is more personal than [...]
On the Occasion of Juneteenth A Time of Remembrance and Action A year ago this month, the U.S. federal government officially declared June 19 a holiday in observance of Juneteenth. On that day in 1865, enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, learned from Union Army soldiers that the Civil War had ended and they were no longer legally enslaved. That news came late—two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was ratified on January 1, 1863. In 2021, the swift passage of bills that created the holiday did not allow time for Fielding to officially observe Juneteenth (a blend of [...]
Environmental Education for Adult Learners: Nature is Doing its Part to Restore Itself, Now Let Us Do OursKatrina Rogers2022-05-12T19:14:59-07:00
This essay first appeared in The EvoLLLution®, an online newspaper for higher education: https://bit.ly/3LabagTGlen Canyon, a ghostly presence in southern Utah under Lake Powell for almost 60 years, is now re-emerging. The canyon’s return is a consequence of the decades-old drought that is also affecting water levels elsewhere across the American Southwest. As Lake Powell’s water level continues to plummet, native plant species and waterfalls have awakened from a watery slumber. Scientists are eagerly studying Glen Canyon’s seemingly swift recovery, as it is just one example of nature’s resilience. Since the pandemic, and as people sheltered at home, that resiliency has [...]
Black Health and Wellness Heritage months are designed to create intentional spaces to reflect on our society’s practices, history, and values. Since 1976, every U.S. president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. In 2022, the Black History Month theme is Black Health and Wellness. This theme explores the legacy of Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine and other ways of knowing (e.g., birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals, and initiatives accomplished by Black communities to foster health and wellness. As [...]
Dear Colleagues, It’s been more than a year since George Floyd took his last breath. Today, Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who murdered him, received a prison sentence of 22 and a half years. Like many of you, I was waiting, watching, and listening as a judge handed down Chauvin’s sentence. I was thinking of what the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said about the power of a single act of injustice to inflict a collective punch. Nearly 60 years ago, Dr. King wrote these poignant yet searing words from his cell in a Birmingham jail: “Injustice [...]