Robinson House

Geoffroy Hall

Floor Plans

Rooms 2305-2343

House Details

Floor #: 2 East
Gender: Male
Capacity: 55
Room #s: 2305-2343
A/C: Yes
Bed Type: Lofted
Floor Type: Solid Surface
Room Types: Double
Room Size: 11' 3" x 16' 2"
Window Size: 4' wide x 5' tall
Ceiling Height: 9'

House History

Daniel Robinson, University Professor, School of Education. Daniel Robinson's advocacy for diversity spans more than four decades. He arrived at Iowa State in 1965 as a student athlete and was one of only a few students of color. After receiving his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. here, he joined the faculty in 1972 and was the first African-American to become an assistant dean, department chair, and University Professor at Iowa State. His legacy is enriched by what he's done for others. Affectionately known as "Dr. Dan," Robinson has been an active and vocal advocate for all faculty, staff, and students including women; ethnic minorities; people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender; those from other countries and those with disabilities. "Dr. Robinson embodies the tenants of diversity enhancement in that he is always looking out, speaking up, and creating initiatives for the needs and rights, as well as access and opportunity for those who are often overlooked," a colleague said. A School of Education lecturer met Robinson when she was a struggling graduate student, returning to the classroom as a single mom. "As we worked together, it became obvious that he was extremely supportive of all students and in particular students that didn't fit the majority image," she said. Robinson is a co-developer of the nation's first social justice certificate program and Iowa State's Dialogues on Diversity course. He was the major professor for 197 students and served on the committees of an additional 400 students. Robinson chaired the university's Diversity Committee and George Washington Senior Scholar Selection Committee, and has mentored and advised many faculty of color. Robinson retired June 30, 2015.