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ROBERT SIMMONS

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ROBERT SIMMONS

TITLE 

Director, Micron Gives North America

ORGANIZATION

Micron Gives North America (Micron Technology)

BIOGRAPHY

Robert Simmons is the Director of Micron Gives North America at Micron Technology. Responsible for various philanthropic efforts and STEM programming through the Micron Foundation, Robert has led the expansion of STEM programs in the United States while facilitating the first STEM programming collaboration with an HBCU at Norfolk State University As a noted scholar on issues of racial equity, STEM and nonprofit leadership, Robert also serves as a Scholar in Residence at American University where he continues his research and teaching in the education policy and leadership department, while serving as a member of the Diversity Scholars Network at the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan.

Robert served as a tenured, associate professor of science education and urban education, with a joint appointment in African/African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland. His academic research focused on racial equity in schools, STEM education and the lived realities of historically marginalized communities across multiple K-12 contexts. More specifically, he explored the experiences of Black students and teachers, and equity in STEM. He is currently working on a new body of research that explores the experiences of Black fathers raising neurodiverse Black boys, as well as the experiences of Black STEM educators in urban schools.

Having served as a middle school science teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, Chief of Innovation and Research in the DC Public Schools, CEO of the See Forever Foundation and Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools, and VP of Strategy and Innovation at the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Simmons was nominated twice as the Walt Disney National Teacher of the Year. As a fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation and the Fulbright Memorial Fund, Robert has been honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Education and Human Development at Western Michigan University.

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