Dr. Detric Robinson, a proud native of Darlington, SC, currently holds the esteemed position of Director of Residential Education at the University of Denver (DU).
With a Ph.D. in Educational Studies, specializing in Higher Education, earned from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Dr. Robinson has made contributions to the field. His dissertation delves into Black students' perceptions of predominantly white institutions' responses to their racialized experiences and their impact on the students' sense of belonging. This research led to the development of a new conceptual framework that uses Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Systems theory from a critical race perspective to visualize the racialized experiences of Black students, as well as an inventory designed for higher education practitioners to evaluate their institutional climate concerning Black student experiences.
In his current capacity, Dr. Robinson is dedicated to crafting and executing a comprehensive on-campus living and learning experience for over 3,000 students at DU. Additionally, he spearheads the department's efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion, playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of DEI within the framework of the division of Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence.
Outside of his institutional responsibilities, Dr. Robinson remains a figure in his professional sphere. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) and presently serves as the Equity & Inclusion Coordinator on the Executive Board of the Association of Intermountain Housing Officers (AIMHO). In this capacity, Dr. Robinson acts as the executive liaison to the DEI committee, has developed an inclusive presentation guide, and is in the process of designing a region-wide audit for DEI, which will chart the course for future initiatives within the organization.
Dr. Robinson is unwavering in his commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within spaces where he holds influence. He firmly believes that DEI should be a foundational pillar of any higher education professional's core values. Consequently, he consistently shares his visions through presentations, both within and beyond his institution, with a specific focus on amplifying voices that have traditionally been marginalized or excluded from decision-making spaces. Dr. Robinson's is dedicated to creating more inclusive, equitable, and diverse educational environments and commits to consistent contributions to the field of higher education.
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