We are pleased to announce Dr. Ed Holton as the next Director of the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development following an internal search for permanent leadership. This appointment will be effective May 1, 2014, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors. Ed has served as Interim Director of SHREWD since January and has served as Associate Director of SHREWD since August 2012. In addition, Ed has served the College as Interim Associate Dean for Distance Learning and Leadership since November 2012.
Dr. Holton: Director of the School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development, effective May 1, 2014, pending LSU Board of Supervisors approval
The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education hosted its annual Conference last month in Atlanta Georgia under the theme, Pathways to Success within Higher Education: The New Faces of Race and Gender in Higher Education. This theme was directly in line with Dr. Petra A. Robinson’s research agenda.
Dr. Robinson, Assistant Professor in the School of Human Resource Development, not only attended the conference, but she gave four paper presentations.Oone of which these presentations was with doctoral student, Rhea Perkins. Dr. Robinson’s and Ms. Perkins’ presentation focused on the social and professional implications of skin color for women in higher education. Dr. Robinson presented with other collaborators on other work focused on racial microagressions; teaching diversity and social justice courses; and music and the Anglophone Caribbean identity.
Lawanda Denise Smith, a School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development PhD student, is one of four finalists in the 2014 Venture Challenge competition. Ms. Smith’s business plan is “Hospitality & Senior Care Training.” The School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development is very excited to have Ms. Smith represent the department, by becoming a finalist! Please see below for the final round of this competitive presentation.
LSU Student Incubator
2014 Venture Challenge
All current LSU Student Incubator members are invited to showcase your businesses during the Startup Showcase portion of the Venture Challenge. The Startup Showcase will take place at the LSU Student Union on April 25 from 1-4pm (during the final round of the Venture Challenge). Participants will have the opportunity to set up information about their business at a booth and network with over 100 local professionals and members of the LSU community to promote their businesses. This year the Venture Challenge will have the first Startup Showcase “Audience Choice” winner and runner-up. The business from the Startup Showcase with the most audience votes will receive a cash award of $1,000. The runner-up will be awarded $500.
Members must register to participate in this event. To register for a showcase table, contact Jennifer Fowler at firstname.lastname@example.org by next Thursday, April 10.
Note: you did not have to submit a plan to be eligible to participate in the Startup Showcase. ALL current LSU student incubator members are encouraged to register.
If you have any questions or concerns or would like to register for a table, please let us know.
Dr. Petra Robinson, Assistant Professor in the School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development, has 3 recent peer-reviewed publications:
Robinson, P.A. (2014). Real Men Don’t Bleach: Contradiction in Contemporary Notions of Gender Identity among Bleachers in Jamaica. National Journal of Urban Education and Practice, (7) 3, 232-246.
Williams, L.R., Bonner, F.A., II, Monts, A., Louis, D. & Robinson, P.A. (2014). Recasting College Outreach Approaches to Engage African American Alumni. Journal of African American Studies, DOI: 10.1007/s12111-014-9279-4.
Robinson, P.A., & Alfred, M.V. (2014). Transformative Learning Experiences in Family Literacy Programs. International Journal of Literacies, (20) 2, 1-10
The School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development is very excited for Petra, and that she is part of our team!
The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education at Rutgers University, Dr. Fred A. Bonner II hosted the STEM Collegiate African American Male Summit: Building on Factors of Success on March 29-30, 2014.
Based on a Rutgers Graduate School of Education Goal Achievement Program Grant, with Co-PI’s, Dr. Bonner and SHREWD’s Dr. Petra A Robinson, the STEM Collegiate African American Male Summit featured distinguished faculty and administrators from Rutgers University (Dr. Fred Bonner, Dr. Rosa Banda and Mr. Dallas Grundy), Louisiana State University (Dr. Petra A. Robinson), Old Dominion University (Dr. Alonzo Flowers), Texas A&M University (Dr. Tommy Curry) and Mississippi State University (Dr. Tommy Stevenson). The summit provided the participants (African American males from various 2 and 4-year institutions in New Jersey) with opportunities to hear from and network with successful professionals from various backgrounds and experiences in Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics fields (STEM).
The Summit focused on educational attainment and success of African American males pursuing fields of study in STEM and offered several opportunities for networking, dialogue, empowerment, and practical strategies for building on the factors of success for these young men.