The Society for HIgher Education interdisciplinary Learning and Discovery (SHIELD) is a non-profit state organization, whose main purpose is to provide a yearly low-cost alternative for educators, students, and related individuals to conduct Scholarly Activity through professional presentations at a State Conference, and publications through an open source journal.

The objectives of the SHIELD conference and journal are to provide a yearly interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary venue which includes professional talks (Powerpoint/Prezi presentations and the like), poster presentations, round tables, artistic displays, and musical performance opportunities which will allow ALL faculty, students, staff and other professionals an appropriate Scholarly outlet for any of their work.