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Kristin RobinsonAspire Public Schools

Kristin Robinson (she/they) is an educator with a focus on the emotional wellness of youth. She supports young people in developing tools to build healthy relationships with themselves and their community. Currently a Dean of Students with Aspire Public Schools, she connects with school communities to foster equity and joy. Drawing on her commitment to challenge the school-to-prison-pipeline, she mediates conflict resolution via restorative practices. As a part of school-wide systems that prioritize a proactive approach to intervention over punitive discipline, she supports teachers with social-emotional learning implementation, practices alternatives to suspension, and facilitates multi-tier support services. She identifies as an emotion scientist whose practice is steeped in mindfulness and social-emotional learning. Prior to her work in TK-12 schools, she worked in college access with aspiring first-generation college students to disrupt inequitable access to higher education. Much of her energy over the past decade has centered on advocating with and for queer youth so that their identities are honored and uplifted. She earned a master’s degree in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor’s in Social Work and French. Coming from a lineage of hula dancers, she is a hula dancer herself with the Academy of Hawaiian Arts based in East Oakland.