Robin Freeman serves as the Director of the University of Arkansas CURRENTS, a nationally recognized training and consultation center, a position she has held since 2016. Under her leadership, Robin has designed and delivered a range of leadership and organizational development training programs for state and national vocational rehabilitation organizations and associations. Included in this is a series of city-wide conversations on race, equity and inclusion that she designed and delivered for a central Arkansas town that included the participation of the Mayor, Chief of Police, Superintendent of Schools and other local elected officials, faith and community based leaders, business leaders, parents and students.
At UA CURRENTS, Robin oversees the planning, development and implementation of national training programs, including facilitating the Project E3 Leadership Academy Community of Practice. She has served as a partner on national, state and locally acclaimed projects, including Arkansas PROMISE and JDVRTAC, focusing on employment, inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities. She also develops and manages a series of leadership development programs for vocational rehabilitation professionals, including LeadVR and the ABCs of Cultural Competence and Humility training and toolkit. UA CURRENTS also provides event and conference organizing, IT Management, Grant Writing, and Strategic and Organizational Development.
Robin is skilled at engaging participants in difficult conversations. She is an advocate for disenfranchised populations, having served in positions of leadership for over 20 years. Her research interests include transition age youth, disability, poverty, policy, and leadership. She has an Ed.D. in Adult and Lifelong Learning, a Master’s in Public Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, and a BA in Journalism. Robin currently serves as Alderwoman for the City of Benton, Arkansas, representing Ward 2, Position 1.