Institute for Social Innovation

Kipnes Fund Awardees

The Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) supports research, professional development, and organizational consulting projects that build human capital and sustainable change.


Kipness Fund Awardees

The Dianne Kipnes Endowed Fund for Social Innovation supports projects from Fielding alumni that demonstrate innovation and collaboration for improving the lives of individuals, organizations, or communities. Applications are announced in January for projects of up to a two-year duration. For more information, contact Charles McClintock, Director of the Institute for Social Innovation (cmcclintock@fielding.edu).

Recipient of the 2022 Dianne Kipnes Social Innovation Award

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Aiden Hirshfield, Ph.D.

Aiden Hirshfield, Ph.D., Class of 2019

Media Psychology Program alum Aiden Hirshfield, Ph.D.’19, is the 2022 recipient of the Dianne Kipnes Social Innovation Award. The Award will partially fund his project, Providing Critical Support for ASL Interpreters in the Mental Health Setting. The project goals are to support and offer additional educational opportunities to American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters who face considerable occupational stress and financial challenges.

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Previous Recipients

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Myisha Driver, PhD’19

2021 Co-recipient
Myisha Driver, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Speck, PhD’11

Elizabeth Speck, Ph.D., Class of 2011

2021 Co-recipient
Elizabeth Speck, Ph.D.

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