Rockey R. Robbins, associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, will be the keynote speaker for the College’s 2016 Convocation on Tuesday, September 6 at 4 p.m. in the Labyrinth. The entire College community is encouraged to attend this annual event that welcomes a new entering class and celebrates the beginning of a new academic year. Robbins’ address is titled “Education for the Well Being for the Land and the People.”
“Education should derive first from a respect for nature, and if it does not then alienation becomes intrinsic to the educative process,” Robbins writes. “I would like to draw analogies between Green Mountain College’s connections to, and respect for, nature and Native American notions of Native Sovereignty.”
Robbins teaches multicultural counseling, behavior disorders and personality assessment at the university. His research interests include native spirituality and psychology; grand-parenting; assessment; group interventions; and developing American Indian treatment models and techniques based on traditional ideas and practices. He has conducted hundreds of workshops and speaking engagements across the U.S. and Europe.