The Marie Fielder Center seeks to advance its mission through the development and funding of projects that advance democracy, leadership, and education. To date, the Center has hosted projects funded by both public and private agencies.
Several major projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation (2016 – present):
Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership (CASL)
The Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership (CASL) is a research center designed to explore and codify findings on the academic leadership styles and strategies that have resulted in significant successes by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in broadening participation in the STEM fields. Fielding’s participation in this initiative is further described here and on the project’s website (http://www.advancingstemleadership.net).
Conclave Leadership Academy
The Conclave Leadership Academy program is a collaboration with the Society of STEM Women of Color, which brings leadership development opportunities to the annual assembly of STEM faculty women of color convened by the Society. Fielding’s participation in this initiative is further described here.
OURS (Opportunities for Underrepresented Scholars)
Now complete, the OURS (Opportunities for Underrepresented Scholars) project provided an academic leadership graduate certificate to STEM women faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities. (This project continued an earlier project funded at another institution that also served HBCU women.) Fielding’s participation in this initiative is further described here.
Privately funded projects include the following grants:
The Kettering Foundation in 2016 funded a project to produce an extensive essay on the genesis of current racial and ethnic tensions in the U.S. through various theoretical and media lenses and to propose new approaches for communities to consider to mitigate them. This project involved Fielding faculty from several programs as well as Fielder Graduate Fellow Susan Eddington as a research assistant. You can read the report produced by this project here.