Verdis LRobinson (He/Him) is the Lenora Montgomery Scholar of Excellence at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, where he is an Aspirant for the Unitarian Universalist ministry and a candidate for a Master of Divinity.

Formerly, Verdis served as the director for community college engagement at Campus Compact and the national director for The Democracy Commitment. Prior to leading community college civic engagement nationally, he was a tenured assistant professor of history and African American studies at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York.

Additionally, Verdis is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Seminar on Citizenship and the American and Global Polity, and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Faculty Seminar on Rethinking Black Freedom Studies: The Jim Crow North and West. He was also a Public Scholar of Humanities New York.  Verdis is the co-author of Bacon’s Rebellion and the Transformation of America v.3.04 (2020), a Reacting to the Past game in development, A Charge to Keep, I Have: The Biography of Bishop Charles Campbell (2001), and has co-authored Beyond These Gates: Mountains of Hope in Rochester’s African-American History (2018), contributed to Higher Education’s Role in Enacting a Thriving Democracy: Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Theory of Change (2018) and served as co-editor of the recently released publication Community Colleges for Democracy: Aligning Civic and Community Engagement with Institutional Priorities (2020).

Verdis holds a BM in voice performance from Boston University, a BS cum laude and an MA in history from SUNY College at Brockport, and an MA in African American studies from SUNY University at Buffalo.

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