Robert Simmons III on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advocacy and Scholarship

Key Points

  • Self-efficacy and agency are essential for all young people, but especially for young black boys.

  • You cannot solve issues of race without dealing with issues of capitalism.

DEI Advocacy and Scholarship

This episode of the Getting Smart Podcast is sponsored by the Getting Smart newsletter: Smart Update. 

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark is joined by Robert Simmons III. Robert is an scholar and activist on diversity, equity and inclusion. Robert serves as a Scholar in Residence and a Scholar of Antiracist of Antiracist Praxis in the School of Education at American University and as a member of the Diversity Scholars Network at the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan.

To be afraid to talk about race with young people is problematic because young people are old enough to experience racism.

Robert Simmons III

Let’s listen in as they discuss new social contracts, longtime DEI advocacy, compounding crises, food programs and much more. 


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