Soloman Caudle, Change Agent and ISI Scholarship Recipient

Solomon Caudle is co-founder and associate producer for the Diversity Youth Theater in northern New Jersey, a youth development program that provides pre-professional experience for young people while building self-esteem and leadership skills. By day he is a program administrator for the Dept. of Neurological Surgery at the New Jersey University of Medicine and Dentistry. Add children, grandchildren, a full load as a Fielding doctoral student in the School of Educational Leadership & Change, and it’s easy to see why Solomon describes himself as “busy”.

His full schedule and life are what attracted Solomon to Fielding’s flexible model, but it is the university’s commitment to social justice that inspires him, as does receiving the Institute for Social Innovation Scholarship this year for his submission: “Community Theatre:  A Holistic Mentoring.”

“My scholarship helped me in multiple ways,” Solomon says. “It was a huge vote of confidence from the school I’d fallen in love with (ELC), encouraged me in my work, and helped me formulate my dissertation interest. It has been an honor to be the recipient of one of the ISI awards and I am sincerely grateful.”

Practically speaking, the ISI Scholarship helped Solomon purchase the video equipment for his study: How does theater as a living system act as a mentoring agent for the socialization of African-American young people?

 Now well on the way in his research, Solomon’s Fielding experience has awakened his scholarly voice and his love of lifelong learning. Even more, he says, “I realized I want to be a change agent in my community. The collaborative experience at Fielding has helped me see that beyond my professional goals I have an opportunity to be part of a bigger picture, by addressing some of the needs in the community where I live.”

“I’ll be retiring in a few years. I want to spend the rest of my life giving back to my community which is in dire need of leaders.”

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