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Roberta WilburnRoberta Wilburn

Interim Chief Diversity Officer
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4215
Fax: 509.777.None listed
Office Location: McEachran Hall 218


Th.D. Jacksonville Theological Seminary
Ed.D. George Washington University
M.A. George Washington University
B.A. Mount Holyoke College

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Teacher training; education; children and families; diversity; cultural awareness; international studies; Christian counseling; grant writing; teambuilding and leadership development

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Served as chief administrator of the Division of Education at LeMoyne-Owen College, Memphis, Tenn. During her tenure at LeMoyne-Owen (1997-2007), Wilburn served as director of early childhood education, director of international studies, and founder and executive director of Global Village Child Development and Family Studies Center.

Publications include: co-author, with James Takona, of Primer to Developing a Successful Pre-service Teacher Portfolio (University Press of America, Inc., 2004); a book chapter, "Parental Anger: Causes, Triggers and Strategies to Help," in Behavior – A Beginnings Workshop Book (Child Care Information Exchange, 2006); a book chapter, "Leveling the Playing Field: The Challenge of Preparing Globally Competent African-American College Students" in Brown v. Board of Education – Its Impact on Public Education 1954-2004 (a publication of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund 2005).

Presentations include: "Women of Color in Academe: Challenging the Status Quo of Equity and Diversity," as part of the Oxford Roundtable on Women and Social Justice, St. Ann’s College, Oxford University (2010), and at the Western Region Social Science Association Conference, Salt Lake CIty, Utah (2011); a preconference workshop, "Empowering Millennium Professionals to Embrace the Pedagogy of Inclusivity," at the American Association  of the Council for Teacher Educators (AACTE), Atlanta (2010); "Strategies for Increasing Cultural Sensitivity: Keys to Success for Students of Color," at OSPI, in Tacoma, Wash. (2008).

Recipient of the McLemore Award for Teaching Excellence, LeMoyne-Owen College (2004); recipient of the LeMoyne-Owen College American Humanics Spirit of Service Award (2003); named Outstanding Educator (1992-93).

Awarded more than $2,000,000 in grants and contracts from various federal, state and local agencies and foundations, including two international-development partnership grants.

Chaired and organized planning committee for Spokane's 1st National International Education Week Symposium, in conjunction with Mukogowa Fort Wright Institute (2008).

Chair of School Counseling Professional Education Advisory Board (PEAB) and member of the School Administration PEAB (2009-10); chair, NCATE Steering Committee (2005-2007); chair, Division of Education and NCATE Curriculum Committee (2001-05); founder and director, LOC International Students and Cultural Awareness Initiative (2003-2007); founder, Afro-Latino Studies Program for Teachers (2004-05).

Conducts workshops and professional presentations locally, nationally and internationally on topics related to teacher training, education, children and families, diversity, cultural awareness and international studies.