Nia Imani Fields

Nia Imani Fields
Principal Agent
Expertise: youth development, social capital, diversity inclusion, social justice, 4-H
Office Location: Maryland 4-H Center
Organizational Unit
Principal Agent
Nia Imani Fields
The Maryland 4-H Center
8020 Greenmead Drive
College Park, Maryland 20740-4000
Phone (main): 301-314-7317
Fax: 301 314-7146

Nia Imani Fields, Ed.D. 4-H Specialist and Senior 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 with a focus in Community and Youth Development, from the University of Delaware. Her doctoral research focused on urban 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 including 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
  • Professional Development

Some of her of her published work includes:

Engaging Library Partners in Afterschool Programming. Afterschool Matters, Spring 2012.

Strategies for 4-H Youth Development Educators on Outreach Programming. UME Fact Sheet.

Our Role in and Responsibility Toward Social Justice. Journal of Extension, October 2015.

The Contribution of Urban 4-H to Social Capital and the Implications for Social Justice. Journal of Extension, December 2017.