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Robert L. Hill is a PhD student in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) in the College of Education at MSU. They originally hail from outside Cleveland, OH, and before coming to Michigan State, called upstate New York home. They attended Skidmore College (B.S., Theater) and University at Albany (M.S., Educational Administration and Policy Studies), and worked as an admissions officer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. At Rensselaer, they worked with colleagues across campus to advocate for LGBTQ+ students and student veterans, which led them to their scholarly interest in the experiences of minoritized student populations.
Here at MSU, Rob has engaged in scholarship around curriculum, student success, and the performing arts. They currently serve as Graduate Assistant in the College of Veterinary Medicine, where they assist with the reinvention of the College’s DVM curriculum, and have worked alongside scholars from across the country as a member of the National Study of LGBTQ Student Success. They hope to continue to learn about ways in which teaching, curriculum, and university services can be more equitable and responsive to diverse student populations, as well as the development of performing arts students’ artistic identities.