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Fielding Graduate University Welcomes New Provost

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Santa Barbara, California— Fielding Graduate University announces the addition of Wendi Williams, Ph.D., to its leadership team. Dr. Williams joins Fielding Graduate University as Vice President and Senior Vice President, bringing with her many years of academic and administrative experience, as well as an academic background, to this critical role at Fielding.

Williams applies her work as a psychologist, advocate, and educator at the intersection of education and psychology to her scholarship and leadership practice. She also leverages her experience and platform to lead organizations that support the optimal development of vulnerable communities, particularly societal challenges that can be enriched by diverse women’s unique perspectives and approaches to leadership. Williams’ recently published work is, WE Matter! : Intersectional feminist anti-racist interventions with

black girls and women, and upcoming booksBlack women at work: on refusal and Recovery and The Majestic Place: The Freedom Possible in Black Women’s Leadership.

Williams said she hopes to bring her experience and vision to her new role at Fielding.

“I am thrilled and honored to join Fielding Graduate University,” said Williams. “I look forward to working alongside the university leadership and the community of students, faculty, staff and alumni to bring about positive and impactful change that will continue Fielding’s legacy as a leading educational institution with a vital mission that is especially needed in our time.”

In her previous position as Dean of the School of Education at Mills College, and previously Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Bank Street College, Graduate School of Education, she cultivated equitable contexts for the development of students, staff and faculty while dealing with structural and cultural issues. change to support the important development of programs and programs. Prior to these roles, she provided academic leadership as Program Coordinator and Department Chair for Counseling and School Psychology at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, where she also served as Vice President of the Senate of the university faculty and representative of the school of education on the Executive Committee of the Union of the university.

Williams completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis, where she majored in psychology and minored in African and African-American studies. Williams completed her graduate studies at Pepperdine University (MA in Psychology) and Georgia State University, where she earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, with a focus on Multicultural Psychology and Family Systems.

“As provost and senior vice president of Fielding, Dr. Williams will play a vital role in maintaining the educational integrity of our university and supporting its vision while ensuring our students have the best educational experience,” said Fielding Board Chair Karen S. Bogart, Ph.D. “Dr. Williams embodies the academic and practitioner values ​​of our university, advocating for a just and sustainable world in his research and practice. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I extend a warm welcome to Dr. Williams.

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