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CSUSB professor selected for University of Oregon Visiting Fellowship in Equity, Justice and Inclusion
Redlands-Loma Linda Patch
Oct. 13, 2021
Marc Robinson, assistant professor of history at Cal State San Bernardino, has been named as one of two scholars selected for the University of Oregon's Visiting Fellowship in Equity, Justice and Inclusion for its Clark Honors College (CHC) – said to be the first such fellowship in the nation.
The theme for the inaugural cycle of the fellowship is Black experiences in the United States. Robinson will serve in fall 2022, teaching on "Black Panthers in the Pacific Northwest."
"It is truly an honor to be one of the first visiting fellows, and I am proud to represent the excellent teaching and research at CSUSB," Robinson said. "As the visiting fellow, I aim to deepen understandings of how issues of racial injustice connect to the local level, and foster greater awareness of the historical context of recent anti-racist protests in Portland and elsewhere."
The course he will teach on the Black Panthers will highlight its activities in Oregon and Washington state. "I believe deeply in the power of local histories and local analyses," Robinson said. "Often, with discussions of social inequity, the focus is on the national or systemic level. These studies are valuable of course, but what is often missing is content that helps students (and all of us) connect these big issues to the places where we live, work, and go to school.
"Helping students to make those connections can be truly inspiring and empowering," he explained. "Identifying how issues like housing discrimination, health disparities, and racial profiling manifest on the local level can illuminate strategies for resistance, mutual support, and activism."
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