Frederick Douglass Institute to Host Dr. Theresa Robinson for Fall Lecture Series

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KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The Fredrick Douglass Institute at Kutztown University is proud to host a captivating and enlightening lecture by Dr. Theresa Y. Robinson titled "What to the Black Woman is Equity in STEM," 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24, Multicultural Center Unity Room. Following the lecture, Dr. Amber Pabon, FDI Director, will host a question-and-answer session.

Robinson is an associate professor and director of Secondary and P-K-12 Education at Elmhurst University in Illinois. She is a distinguished figure in the field of STEM education and equity and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the forefront of STEM education. Robinson holds a B.S. in biological sciences and secondary education, as well as a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in science and environmental education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Her background includes teaching science to students in grades 9-12 within the Chicago Public Schools system. Throughout her career, she has been deeply committed to preparing teachers to instruct in STEM disciplines in ways that are culturally relevant and sustaining.

In addition to her extensive teaching experience, Robinson is a prolific author, having penned numerous articles and book chapters on various aspects of STEM education. She has also delivered presentations at both local and national levels on topics related to the achievement of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) students, particularly in the field of STEM education.

Robinson's commitment to addressing the underrepresentation of diverse STEM teachers is evident in her role as the principal investigator for a National Science Foundation Noyce STEM Teacher Scholarship Program. This grant program aims to tackle the critical shortage of diverse STEM educators, both locally and nationally.

Beyond her academic and scholarly pursuits, Robinson is the founder and Chief Consultant of Science 3000 Consulting, a firm dedicated to improving STEM education. In 2023, she founded the George Washington Carver: Center for the Advancement of Science Education. The center's mission is to dismantle sources of inequity in STEM education while transforming STEM teaching and learning through culturally relevant practices and the arts. The center aims to promote racial equity in STEM and address barriers to academic achievement, the STEM workforce and scientific advancement.

Robinson's passion and dedication extend beyond her work as an educator. She is an active member of several prominent organizations, including the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), American Educational Research Association (AERA), board member of A Black Education Network (ABEN) and president emeritus of the Board of Girls Like Me Project Inc. (GLMPI).

The "What to the Black Woman is Equity in STEM?" event promises to be a thought-provoking and inspiring exploration of the challenges and opportunities faced by Black women in the STEM fields. Robinson's extensive knowledge and dedication to promoting equity in STEM education make her a prominent figure in this important conversation.

KU invites the community, educators, students and advocates for equity in STEM to attend this event and join us in celebrating the work of Robinson. This lecture will undoubtedly provide valuable insights and inspiration for all who attend.

For more information, please contact Pabon at