Andriette Jordan-Fields, PhD
Black Community Experience Coordinator, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
What I do
My life’s work is centered in supporting and empowering persons of all races and faith traditions, to conjoin at the intersection of culture, race, gender, class, and sexuality in order to actualize their own uniqueness and contribute to the well-being of the public good.
Cultural Awareness ~ Coalition Building ~ Leadership ~ Vision Promotion ~ Issue Advocacy
Liaison Communications ~ Administration ~ Project Management
Strategic Planning ~ Inter-Departmental Relations ~ Process Engineering ~ Compliance
Program Development ~ Needs Discernment / Analysis ~ Team Enhancement
As the Black Community Experience Coordinator, I have established a Black Community Advisory (BCAB) Board comprised of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members to help set both accountability measures and priorities for DU. In addition, I am addressing the lack of inclusive physical and social spaces for Black faculty, staff, and students; identifying institutional and systematic remedies to address racial battle fatigue experienced by DU’s Black community in the classrooms, offices, and communal spaces; and supporting the revival of the Black Graduate Student Association in the position of advisor.
Andriette Jordan-Fields, a Womanist Ethicist, is the Black Community Experience Coordinator at the University. She received her PhD from the Joint PhD program from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology. Prior to the Black Community Experience Coordinator position, she was the Interim Director at the University of Denver Cultural Center.
Jordan-Fields served as assistant director for admissions at Iliff School of Theology where she introduced new systems, transformed organizational structures and upgraded outdated policies and procedures with cutting-edge technologies.
In professional, as well as instructional settings, advanced inclusiveness and realization of self-worth for participants is key. She taught “Identity Power and Difference” at Iliff School of Theology and at the University of Denver School of Social Work which increased awareness of the multidimensional aspects of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and socioeconomic status. She introduced students to diverse cultural events, which broadened awareness of their own misconceptions and stereotyping. High evaluations showed how much students appreciated instruction and discussion around such issues as racism, islamophobia, sexism, homophobia/heterosexism, and other systematic forms of exclusion, discrimination and oppression.
To summarize, Dr. Andriette Jordan-Fields is a stand for all people relating to each other as equals transcending racial, cultural social, socio-economic and religious barriers.
- PhD, Religion and Theological Studies, University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology, 2017
- MA, in Social Change, Iliff School of Theology, 2011
- MPA, Northeastern University, 1989
- BS, Political Science, Tuskegee University, 1984
- HERS Institute Fellow - Class of 2019
- Society for the Study of Black Religion – SSBR
- Rocky Mountain Association of Diversity Officers In Higher Education
- Society of Race Ethics and Religion - SRER
- Black Religious Scholars Groups - BRSG
- Society of Christian Ethics -SCE
- American Academy of Religion – AAR
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
My research and teaching interest lie at the intersection of ethics, womanist/feminist studies, Black Church, critical race theory and postcolonial studies with an overall approach to the study of social ethics that engages wide-ranging issues of moral agency, cultural memory, ethical accountability and social justice.
Areas of Research
Book Chapter: Jordan-Fields, Andriette (Chapter author). God and Popular Culture: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Entertainment Industry's Most Influential Figure, ABC-CLIO - Fall 2014
Book Review: Jordan-Fields, Andriette. Unfinished Business: Black Women, the Black Church, and the Struggle to Thrive in America, Keri Day in the Society of Christian Ethics Journal.
Book Review: Jordan-Fields, Andriette. The Sin of White Supremacy: Christianity, Racism, and Religious Diversity in America. Jeannine Hill Fletcher in the Society of Christian Ethics Journal.
- American Academy of Religion Womanist Approaches to Religion and Society Group ~ Contestable or Acceptable Representation of Black Women on Television… Title – Vixen, Gladiator or The Help
- Guest Lecturer – Womanism/University of Denver School of Social Work - Denver, CO
- Pedagogy of Privilege Conference – University of Denver Moving – Beyond the Colonial Space of the ‘Other’ – Denver, CO
- Society of Christian Ethics – A Retrospective Approach to Katrina: The Question of Citizenship vs. The Indictment of Refugee
In keeping with the Black History Month theme of my posts this month, I had an opportunity to talk with one of DU’s newest employees, Andriette Jordan-Fields, PhD, the first Black Community Experience Coordinator.
The 2020-2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Action Plan committed DU to specifically support the Black community. Part of that commitment was to hire a Black Community Experience Coordinator to work in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) to facilitate the University’s response to the systemic and institutional exclusion of Black people at DU. Today, ODEI would like to announce the hire of Dr. Andriette Jordan-Fields to fill this role.
- University of Denver Dissertation Fellowship
- American Academy of Religion Traveling Fellowship
- University of Denver Inclusive Excellent Award
- Joint PhD Outstanding Student of the Year
- Elizabeth Iliff Warren Fellowship