Dr. Robinson Presents Her Research on Issues Related to Colorism at the CARE Conference in Las Vegas

Dr Petra A RobinsonThe School of Leadership and Human Resource Development Assistant Professor, Dr. Petra A. Robinson, presented her research findings at the Conference on Academic Research in Education in Las Vegas, Nevada in February.

Sponsored by the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) College of Education, the second annual CARE conference brought scholars from across the US and abroad to present scholarship related to a variety of contexts, including theory, practice, empirical research, and conceptual advancement.

Dr. Robinson’s primary research focus centers on issues related to colorism and she featured her work through an interactive presentation highlighting the findings of a qualitative study encompassing a series of focus groups and content analysis of the Langston Hughes poem, Harlem Sweeties. Framed through a critical lens, Dr. Robinson’s presentation sought to offer thoughtful critique about the perceptions of skin color and beauty as presented in the poem in sharp contrast to contemporary contexts.

The School of Leadership and Human Resource Development is proud to highlight Dr. Robinson’s diverse scholarship which seeks to address ways to tackle institutional systems that contribute to marginalization of women of color, especially related to their skin tone.





About Dr. Robinson

Petra A. Robinson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University (LSU) and the Advisor for students in the LSU Online MSc Human Resource Education and Leadership Development and MSc. Workforce Development programs. She received her PhD in Educational Administration and Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University with a focus on Adult Education. Keenly interested in issues related to critical literacies, diversity and social justice, global lifelong learning, and professional development in the academy.

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About the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development

The LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) offers programs dedicated to producing world-class practitioners, leaders, and instructors in human resource and leadership development. The BS, MS, PhD, and certificate programs are designed to develop the leadership, planning, analytical, problem solving, and change management capabilities that today's globalized organizations need to be successful. SLHRD also offers a 100% online master’s program and is a school within the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

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About the College of Human Sciences & Education

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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