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Fielding at Work on Capitol Hill

For decades, the only official Fielding offices were on the West Coast. But for the past few years, Fielding has been operating an office in the nation’s capital, where several dedicated staff members manage our strategic initiatives and research, sponsored programs, and federal grants. “Fielding established a physical presence in Washington DC to advance three mission critical goals,” says President Katrina Rogers, PhD: “to implement programs for broadening participation in advancing leadership of women and people of color in the STEM professions, to offer programs for our alumni throughout the region, and to raise awareness among higher-education colleagues about Fielding. It is our vision to use graduate education as a vehicle to create scholar-practitioners who are vested and active in positive social change in their professional lives and their communities.” In April, the DC staff moved into a brand new office on Capitol Hill with extensive space for hosting gatherings of alumni or Mid-Atlantic cluster meetings. The cheerful space has beautiful top-floor meeting rooms with panoramic views of the city and an outdoor rooftop terrace with a view of the US Capitol Building. (Plus there’s a Trader Joe’s in the basement!) “The new Fielding office will provide the perfect setting for us to advance the work of several National Science Foundation-funded Fielding initiatives,” says Orlando

Taylor, PhD, Fielding’s VP for Strategic Initiatives and Research and leader of the DC team. “For example, Fielding’s collaborative Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership will be housed in the space. Among its goals will be to influence national policy on STEM inclusion and diversity as an essential requirement for advancing American competitiveness in the STEM fields. Fielding’s proximity to the US Congress and other federal agencies will enhance the university’s visibility and presence on the national stage in the pursuit of this work.”


The DC office also manages Fielding’s partnership with the University of the District of Columbia for the Urban Leadership and Entrepreneurship doctoral program, and supports faculty, students, and alumni who are working on grants. Staff there includes Katherine McGraw, PhD, director of sponsored programs; Melissa Wynn, STEM continuing education and special projects coordinator; and Helen Hancock, administrative assistant.

Orlando Taylor

“We’re a landing point for the East Coast alumni and students,” says Dr. McGraw “—something to grab onto on this side of the country.”

Katherine McGraw

The new office is located at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, 2nd floor, Washington, DC 20003.•


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