Caitlin Robinson '19 Earns Keeper of the Dream Award
In her senior speech, Caitlin Robinson ’19 encouraged her classmates to be courageous by saying “We should stand up for what we believe in, even though we may face adversity.” Robinson believes in equality, and it shows in the work she does in the Memphis and Hutchison communities.
Robinson is a member of the Gender and Sexuality Equality cohort of Bridge Builders CHANGE, a group that recently earned a 2018 Keeper of the Dream Award. The award is given by The National Civil Rights Museum and International Paper to honor youth in Memphis who have made a positive change in their community. Read more about this special honor here.
In addition to her work with BRIDGES, Robinson serves as co-president of Hutchison’s Equity and Inclusion Council. “The main focus (of the council) is bringing more inclusion to Hutchison,” Robinson said. “We’re making it a more holistic, welcoming environment instead of just a tolerant one. I think it’s something we need, and I’m hopeful.”
She has also served as a Mid-South youth facilitator for Facing History and Ourselves, the nonprofit that combats racism, antisemitism, and religious prejudice by using history to teach tolerance in classrooms around the globe.
Robinson credits Hutchison for opening her eyes to the importance of inclusion. “Coming here, it has been a very different experience because I’m a minority, so I have been exposed to a lot of different viewpoints and people,” Robinson said.