Current Initiative

Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership (CASL)

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership (CASL) was initiated in 2016 as a joint enterprise, with generous funding from the National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP). CASL is a collaborative partnership involving the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), Fielding Graduate University, North Carolina A&T State University (NCA&T), and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). With the authenticity and legitimacy that can only come from the soul of a lived HBCU experience, CASL seeks to reposition leadership at HBCUs from the margins to the center of broadening participation in research, practice, and discourse in STEM higher education.

Since its inception, CASL has expanded to include more than thirty HBCUs (of all types) from across the nation. CASL’s areas of focus include Research, Education, Knowledge Translation, and Outreach. Collectively, these institutions and organizations examine, explore, and implement daring innovative institutional change approaches for broadening participation in STEM that are grounded in one fundamental principle: Leadership Matters.

At Fielding, CASL is housed within the Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership, and Education. Dr. Orlando Taylor serves as the Distinguished Senior Advisor to the President, as well as CASL’s Executive Director and Principal Investigator.

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This program is made possible through a generous grant from the National Science Foundation: Grant #1818424