I just wanted to take a moment and introduce myself. My name is Verdis LeVar Robinson, and I have joined the leadership team of TDC as the Interim National Manager after serving as a tenured Assistant Professor of History and African-American Studies having taught writing-intensive, web-enhanced, service-learning courses at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, New York, for ten years. In addition to serving as MCC’s TDC Campus Coordinator since the beginning of the initiative, I have served on TDC National Steering Committee and on the Advisory Council for its Economic Inequality Initiative. Also, at MCC, I have served a co-advisor for Damon City Campus’ Black Student Union as well as mostly recently the Governance Advisor for the campus’ student government. I have also created an initiative to overturn jury underrepresentation which I am striving to emulate nationally.
Professionally, I am a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Seminar on Citizenship and the American and Global Polity, the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Faculty Seminar on Rethinking Black Freedom Studies: The Jim Crow North and West, and most recently, the Institution of Research in African-American Studies’ Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute at Columbia University exploring Black New York.
Additionally, I am the founder of the Rochester Neighborhood Oral History Project that created a walking tour of the community most impacted by the 1964 Race Riots, which has engaged over 300 members of Rochester community in discussion, learning, and walking the block. I hold a B.M. in Voice Performance from Boston University, a B.S. and an M.A. in History from SUNY College at Brockport, and an M.A. in African-American Studies from SUNY University at Buffalo. I am also a genealogist and Public Scholar with the New York Council for the Humanities.
As the Interim National Manager, I am here to help you through every step of The Democracy Commitment involvement; to connect you with materials, individuals, or ideas that will help your institution best approach civic learning and democratic engagement; and to create, promote, and disseminate opportunities to participate in national projects and initiatives.
We have great work ahead of us, and I am fully committed to this service. I look forward to serving this initiative, so please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, comments, or just to chat. I want to get to know each one of you and your respective colleges in an effort to ensure that all community college students graduate with an education in citizenship and the democratic practice.
This work is more important than ever before, and I thank you for your commitment to democracy.
Verdis L. Robinson, Interim National Manager, The Democracy Commitment (TDC) , 1307 New York Avenue, NW, Fifth Floor Washington, DC 20005-4701 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 202.478.4656