Newsmaker: Christopher W. Robinson
Christopher W. Robinson
Noteworthy: Robinson was chosen to run a new scholarship program funded by a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Starting in January, 42 students will get $1,000 scholarships to pursue drug and alcohol diplomas and social work certificates. Their training will focus on children, families and at-risk communities.
Education: Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Mississippi’s Jackson State University and a master’s in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a doctoral candidate in administration and educational leadership at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Occupation: Assistant professor of social work at the Community College of Allegheny County.
Background: Along with his teaching duties, the Kalamazoo, Mich., native is a campus diversity officer and academic adviser.
Quote: “There’s definitely an emerging need for more social workers and social work technicians, and demand is expected to grow in the near future. … I hope the overall impact of our work is to be able to meet the behavioral health needs in our community, and also to empower and enhance the community.”