Robin has built his reputation on a personal commitment to craft innovative diversity programs. His work is grounded on the idea that we can build a more inclusive society through diversity education. Before joining the Center, Robin served as a Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, and Chief of the Office of Bias Crime and Community Relations.
He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois Law School. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the World of Difference Award from the Anti-Defamation League of the B’nai B’rith, the Rachel Davis Dubois Human Relations Award from the International Institute, and a New Jersey Senate Citation for Excellence in Human Relations.
Along with Pamela Smith Chambers, Robin is the co-author of the books, The Anti-Racist Cookbook and The Great White Elephant. He is also the author of published articles on diversity issues, hate crime, and human sexuality.
Pamela Smith Chambers
Pamela is a leading specialist on race and cultural diversity issues. She has a commitment to help people confront institutional racism and oppression through personal growth and change. Before joining the Center, Pamela was the Supervising Program Development Specialist in the New Jersey Office of Bias Crime and Community Relations and, prior to that, the Director of Counseling and Education Services at the YWCA of Trenton, New Jersey.
She received an M.S. in Counseling and a B.A. in English, with a minor in African American Studies, from Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). She is the recipient of awards from several organizations, including the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women, the Advisory Board of the New Jersey Human Relations Council, and the Florence Crittenton Residential center of the Juvenile Justice Commission.
Along with Robin Parker, she is the co-author of the books, The Anti-Racist Cookbook and The Great White Elephant. She also authored the article, “Rape Care and Racism.”
Special Initiatives Director
J.R. holds anti-oppression expertise in race and culture relations, food justice and housing equity. He also is coordinator of the Beyond Separation design team with the Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation. He was formerly chair of the Michigan Good Food Charter steering committee’s racial equity action team.
J.R. is a certified professional coach and leverages his practice to compassionately escort clients on deep dives into matters of race and culture. He centers his approach to anti-oppression and equity work on the human factor.
He is a Michigan State University graduate, a former blogger and newspaper columnist. He also served as director of CRIA (Calhoun Race Impact Alliance) in Battle Creek.