Petra A. Robinson Awarded Grant for Promoting Diversity


Dr. Petra A. Robinson, Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD), has been awarded a diversity grant through the Office of Diversity at LSU.

Diversity grants are awarded to faculty, staff, and graduate students, to provide financial support to advance "best practices" in diversity awareness and cultural competence at Louisiana State University.

Robinson plans to use the $3,000 grant to support seven students to attend the Blacks in Higher Education annual conference in Long Beach, California from April 7-9. The conference will feature a series of lectures and workshops promoting diversity in higher education, including “Advancing Your Career and Creating a Personal Brand” and “Make Evaluation Work for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence.”

Robinson will speak on using mentorship as a strategy to fight cultural taxation and seven SLHRD students and graduates will present various diversity-influenced lectures. A summary of the lectures follows:

  • Harold Mellieon—Faculty Perceptions of Accelerated Online Learning in Higher Education
  • Dorothy Kemp—Objective Based Strategic Tutoring and Academic Success for African American Student Athletes
  • Kimberley Williams—African American Women Facing Infertility and Lessons Learned for Work-Life Balance
  • Malaika Edwards & Monica Majors—Learning Strategies for Black Post Retirees in an Online Learning Environment
  • Brittany Lee—African American Veterans Succeeding Higher Education
  • Chela White-Ramsay—When my Supervisor Looks Like Me: A Discussion about Gender, Race, and Family Support Provision at Work.


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