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Santa Barbara, Calif. — Fielding Graduate University announces the addition of Wendi Williams, Ph.D.,  to its leadership team. Dr. Williams joins Fielding Graduate University as Provost and Senior Vice  President, bringing with her many years of academic and administrative experience, as well as a  scholarly 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 praxis. She also leverages her background and platform to  lead organizations that support the optimal development of vulnerable communities, especially societal  challenges that can be enriched by diverse women’s unique perspectives and approaches to leadership.  Williams’ recent published work is, WE Matter!: Intersectional Anti-Racist Feminist Interventions with  

Black Girls and Women, and forthcoming books, Black 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 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 community of students, faculty, staff and alumni to  affect positive and impactful changes that will continue the Fielding’s legacy as a leading educational  institution with a vital mission that is especially necessary for our times.” 

In her previous position as Dean of the School of Education at Mills College, and prior as Associate Dean  of Academic Affairs at Bank Street College, Graduate School of Education, she cultivated equitable  contexts for students, staff and faculty development while attending to structural and cultural change to  support important curricular and program development. Before these roles, she provided academic  leadership as program coordinator and department chair for the Counseling and School Psychology at  Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY, where she also served as Vice President of the University Faculty  Senate and Representative of the School of Education on the university’s Union Executive Committee.

Williams completed undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis, where she majored in  psychology and minored in African and African American Studies. Williams completed graduate study at  Pepperdine University (MA in Psychology) and Georgia State University, where she earned a doctorate in  counseling psychology, with an emphasis on multicultural psychology and family systems.  

“As Fielding’s Provost and Senior Vice President, Dr. Williams will play a vital role in upholding our  university’s educational integrity 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  scholar and practitioner values of our university, advocating for a just and sustainable world in her  research and practice. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I express a warm welcome to Dr. Williams.”  

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