SLHRD Professor Petra A. Robinson, Six Students Present Diversity Research at National Conference



Dr. Petra A. Robinson and CHSE students at the AABHE conference.

Dr. Petra A. Robinson, Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) and a cadre of her current, former, and graduating students from Louisiana State University presented at the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education Conference in Long Beach, California.

After securing a grant from the LSU Office of Diversity for $3,000, Dr. Robinson used the funds to sponsor six students whose research proposal submissions were accepted for presentation at the conference. 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.

The following research paper presentations highlight the diversity of the top-notch research happening under Dr. Robinson’s guidance:

Kimberley F. Williams and Dr. Petra A. Robinson: African American Women Facing Infertility and Lessons Learned for Work-Life Balance

Dr. Chela White-Ramsey and Dr. Petra A. Robinson: Conflict at the Intersection: Race, Gender, and Family Support

Dorothy Kemp and Dr. Petra A. Robinson: Objective Based Strategic Tutoring and Academic Success for African American Student Athletes

Brittany Lee and Dr. Petra A. Robinson: African American Veterans Succeeding in Higher Education

Dr. Harold Mellieon and Dr. Petra A. Robinson: Faculty Perceptions of Accelerated Online Learning in Higher Education

Malaika T. Edwards, Monica Majors, and Dr. Petra A. Robinson: Best Practices for Black Post Retirees in an Online Learning Environment

In addition to presenting with her students, Dr. Robinson also presented a co-authored research paper with Dr. Kamala Williams of Texas A&M University titled, “Mentorship as a Strategy for Fighting Cultural Taxation.” 

The theme of the conference was “Pathways to Success in Higher Education: Powerful Partnerships for Powerful Results.”


The LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) offers programs dedicated to producing world class practitioners, leaders, and instructors in Leadership and Human Resource Development.

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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 and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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