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From Our Beginning

From its 1974 beginning, Fielding Graduate University was founded on a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). With the university’s focus of providing doctoral education to mid-career adults, we offered graduate experiences specifically designed for people who had been left out of traditional education.  At that time, graduate education was primarily for the younger, relatively inexperienced male adult, usually white, who was able to forego full-time employment and to relocate his family, if he had one, for several years to pursue a PhD. In contrast, Fielding’s distributed model built on students’ professional expertise, allowing them to remain in their communities and work settings. We hired scholar-practitioner faculty who lived and worked in the communities where our students were located.

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Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta at Fielding

Legendary activist and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta drew hundreds of people from both the Fielding and Santa Barbara community on Jan. 10, 2020, when she came to Winter Session to accept the university’s Medal for Social Transformation.

“You can make a difference, but you have to speak up and you have to be ready to sacrifice,” Huerta told the sold-out crowd during a Q&A panel that included (L-R below) Santa Maria teacher Eunice Gonzalez, the daughter of farmworkers and a recent MA graduate of Brown University; Marcos Vargas, executive director of The Fund for Santa Barbara; and Eva Catalan, a youth organizer at Future Leaders of America. A Spanish-language interpreter was on hand to translate the program live, and Santa Barbara Chicano poet Miguel Cruz gave a powerful, spoken-word performance that drew a standing ovation.

Inclusion Council

Inclusion Council

An advisory group to the President on issues pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership (CASL)


The Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership (CASL)

Talitha Williams, PhD


Talithia Williams, PhD, advocate for engaging more African Americans in engineering and science.

Dr. Rios (at right) and his spouse Dr. Rebeca Mireles-Rios (in the middle), with whom he ran the 2013 YO!Watts intensive summer program, are pictured above with event organizer and Interim Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, Dr. Alma Boutin-Martinez (at left)

The Pushouts

Critically acclaimed documentary was screened at Fielding’s Session in Santa Barbara, California.

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