Lora M. Robins Speaker Series is a community-wide, multi-part interactive speaker series that offers business, public, and nonprofit leaders valuable insights and practical knowledge from leading national and regional thought leaders.

Join us for the 2018 Lora M. Robins Speaker Series. This three-part series presented by Leadership Metro Richmond and The Robins Foundation will focus on how experiences of trauma impacts our youth inside and outside of the classroom.

Trauma & Youth:
Understanding the Impact of Trauma in Educational Development
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Living and Learning Center at Virginia Union University
Dr. Allison Sampson-Jackson
CEO, Integration Solutions, Inc.

Allison Sampson-Jackson, PhD, LCSW, LICSW, CSOTP is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Virginia in the District of Columbia. Her clinical practice and research has focused on advancing effective trauma informed treatment practices for persons who experience significant conduct related behavior problems. Her areas of specialty include attachment based models of treatment and the use of neuroscience to inform work with children and adults who struggle with complex trauma disorders.

Today, Dr. Sampson-Jackson works independently as the CEO of Integration Solutions, Inc. She provides trauma informed care consultation, education and technical assistance to human service organizations and integrated healthcare systems interested in furthering their incorporation of trauma informed care practices with children, youth, families, adults and providers of care.

In this presentation, Dr. Sampson-Jackson defines child traumatic stress, including types of traumatic stress that can exist among children, the impact of trauma on the developing brain across developmental stages, and behavioral manifestations related to traumatic experiences.

Learnings from the Making of "Paper Tigers" and
"Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope"
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Conference Center Gallery at Reynolds Parham Campus
Mr. James Redford
Filmmaker and Co-Founder of The Redford Center

James Redford writes, produces and directs for film and television. James is the co-founder (with his father Robert Redford) and chair of The Redford Center, a non-profit media entity that engages people though inspiring stories.   While completing “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution”, James has been traveling the world as an American Film Showcase ambassador with his two award-winning documentary films.  “RESILIENCE: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. “Paper Tigers” is a film set within and around the campus of Lincoln Alternative High School in the rural community of Walla Walla, Washington asks the following questions: What does it mean to be a trauma-informed school? And how do you educate teens whose childhood experiences have left them with a brain and body ill-suited to learn?

On February 28th, Mr. Redford will present stories and perspectives from his films that address the questions: What does it mean to be a trauma-informed school? And how do you educate teens whose childhood experiences have left them with a brain and body ill-suited to learn?

Keynote will be followed by a panel discussion with:
- Dr. Andrew Daire, Dean, School of Education, VCU
- James Redford, Keynote Speaker
- John Richardson-Lauve, LCSW, Director of Mental Health, ChildSavers
- Dr. Kathy Ryan, Clinical Coordinator, Circle Preschool
Moderated by Robert Dortch, Director of Community Innovation, The Robins Foundation

The Crisis of Urban Education
NEW DATE: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Massey Conference Center Auditorium at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Dr. Christopher Emdin
Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Columbia University

Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University. He is an alumni fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, and currently serves as Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy and the STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He is the author of the recently released book, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education.

He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement and a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics that include hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment.

In this presentation, Dr. Emdin lays out the current and ever-evolving sociopolitical and “in the trenches” landscape of urban education, outlines the reasons for our current national challenges, and offers research-based but often underexplored solutions. He explores the public/private battle in urban education, challenges of teacher training and recruitment, national policy, the newly developed common core learning standards, and new possibilities.