WHERE WE LIVE & WORK | 2018
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
FOCUS Summer 2018
President Katrina S. Rogers, PhD
FIELDING ON STATE STREET
Associate Director, Media & Communications Starshine Roshell
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AT WORK ON CAPITOL HILL
Where We Live & Work
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SCHOOLS & PROGRAMS
12 A ZOOM WITH A VIEW
MASTER’S & CERTIFICATE GRADUATES
LIFE BEFORE ZOOM
As a sense-making species, we need the physical and psychic grounding of connecting to places in the world. We often carry multiple and overlapping identities from the locales that call to us. As the writer Azar Nafisi observed, “You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place...like you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again.” Our students often express a similar feeling as they graduate — that they will never pass this way again in the same way as before.
As a distributed community, Fielding’s members are keenly sensitized to the ways in which we build community every time we connect to each other, whether it be by phone, email, Zoom, or face to face. We teleport in from our places to create something new and ephemeral—in the moment when we are together—and
“How is our world touched and shaped by our Fielding sense of place? ”
FIELDING IN THE NEWS
ne essential element of our humanity is our affinity for places. Mountains, seas, cities, canyons, and desert — these spaces nourish, energize, and sustain us in life-giving ways. Home, family, and community — constructed over time and re-built over the course of our lives, these spaces nurture the people we are becoming each day.
It is in this spirit of honoring the spaces and places of our Fielding community members that we present this issue about Where We Live & Work.
A Letter from the
Art Director Audrey Ma FOCUS is published by Fielding Graduate University 2020 De la Vina St. Santa Barbara, CA 93105
then that moment is gone and we carry that memory until the next time we meet. So we asked ourselves: What do each of us create each day and how is our world touched and shaped by our Fielding sense of place? As Fielding, we intentionally seek to build a community founded on our collective values of transformational learning and social justice in order to create a more just, humane, and sustainable world. The stories herein embody all the beautiful complexity that makes up our shared space. I look forward to seeing each of you throughout the year in the place that is Fielding.
KATRINA S. ROGERS, PHD President