Publication Date: January 16, 2015
Publication Location: WASHINGTON
Contact: Kathryn Schoenberger   |   [email protected]

SIT Graduate Institute is proud to announce Deborah Robinson, Ph.D., has been appointed academic director for the Washington, DC Center.

“We are delighted to welcome Deborah Robinson to SIT Graduate Institute’s academic leadership team,” said John Lucas, executive vice president for academic affairs. “Her years of work in higher education and social justice will not only benefit the Washington, DC Center, but SIT as a whole.”

Robinson has more than 20 years of experience working with organizations around the world.  She has lived, worked, and traveled in 70 countries and has been involved in a range of issues including human rights, environmental justice, sustainable development and others, all of which she approaches from a social justice perspective with a focus on inclusion.

Robinson has spent more than 10 years developing and delivering training courses and teaching. Most recently, she was director of the Emergency Readiness and Response Management degree program at the National Labor College. Prior to that she served as executive director of the National Legal Preparedness Training Program at the University of The District of Columbia. She has also taught at Howard University and the University of Michigan. She was also the founder and executive director of International Possibilities Unlimited, which she ran for seven years. In that role Robinson focused on developing the capacity of domestic organizations to participate more effectively in international forums such as the United Nations.

Robinson received her B.A. in psychology from Williams College, her M.B.A with a specialization in international organizations from the University of Geneva in Switzerland, and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in social psychology.

SIT Graduate Institute, a program of World Learning, is a nonprofit, accredited graduate school that offers master’s degrees and graduate level certificates and professional development programs. The SIT Washington, DC Center is the base for select SIT graduate-level programs, including the master’s degree in sustainable development, a one-year program emphasizing the integration of theory and practice. The program focuses on sustainability, social justice and entrepreneurship and features a three-month professional practicum. For more information about programs and how to apply visit