The Contribution of 4-H to Social Capital and Social Justice

This session will center on 1) basic concepts of social injustice within education, 2) the community capitals framework, and 3) experiential frameworks to develop social justice youth development programs.

Nia Imani Fields, Ed.D. 4-H Specialist and Principal Agent, joined the University of Maryland Extension, in 2006. Dr. Fields has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Morgan State University and a M.S. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware. Her doctorate is in Urban Educational Leadership. Some of her research focuses on 4-H's contribution to social capital and the implications for social justice. Throughout her educational and professional career, her focus has been to work towards the positive development of children, youth, families and communities. She has created and coordinated several youth and community programs and initiatives within New York, Delaware and Maryland while working with organizations such as Civic Works/Americorps and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks. As a Maryland 4-H Specialist, Dr. Fields is primarily responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of curricular systems and program development.

Her focus areas include:

  • Positive Youth Development and Research (Community Engagement, Social Capital & Social Justice)
  • Community Development
  • Outreach Programming (Afterschool/School Enrichment)
  • Curriculum and Program Development
  • Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
  • Professional Development
Nia also published The Contribution of Urban 4-H to Social Capital and the Implications for Social Justice in the Journal of Extension; December 2017.


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Primary Audience: Extension Professionals