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Dr. Robin Martin


Dr. Robin Martin currently serves as the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Cincinnati.  In this role, Robin is responsible for developing strategic initiatives that support the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of underrepresented populations and minority faculty.  In her first year, Robin developed a Provost Minority Faculty luncheon series designed to increase dialogue regarding minority faculty recruitment and retention; developed a Faculty Advocacy Project to train faculty on how to apply high-level/cross-cultural communication skills, recognize racial, gender, and cultural biases; hosted diversity trainings for Equal Opportunity Officers, Associate Deans, and other administrators, and assisted with faculty searches across all academic units.  The results of Robin’s efforts increased the number of minority and women faculty hired at the university.  

Prior to her new appointment, Robin served as the Executive Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator at UC where she provided oversight for 10 of the 18 sport teams, Student-athlete Academic Support Services, Compliance, and the Champs/Life Skills programs.  In addition, Robin was responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring UC's Title IX and Gender Equity program.

Robin came to UC in August 2007 after serving as the first African-American female, Athletics Director at both, Holy Names University in Oakland, California and Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.   Under her leadership, the HNU athletic department produced four conference champions, four conference MVP's, and made three regional championship appearances. At Dillard University, Robin’s leadership qualities earned her national acclaim when she resurrected the school's athletic programs following the campus's devastation due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Robin received the 2006 NACDA Service award for her efforts.

Robin has presented at annual conferences such as the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the National Intramural, Recreation and Sports Association, the Black Women in Sports Foundation, as well as numerous diversity, research, and teaching symposiums.

A former women's basketball player and coach, Martin received her B.A and M.Ed. degrees from the University of New Orleans, and recently completed her doctorate in Urban Education Leadership at the University of Cincinnati.