Updated: Mar 8
Dr. Colette Yellow Robe was recently interviewed by the Lincoln Journal Star's Margaret Reist for a story about her campaign for school board.
Colette Yellow Robe, 44, an academic-retention specialist in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s TRIO Program, which works with first-generation college students; and a UNL instructor who teaches a service-learning course called interpersonal skills leadership.
Yellow Robe, who grew up on the Winnebago Reservation and is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, was recently appointed to a group created by UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green to work on developing opportunities to learn about racism. He created the group, headed by UNL’s inaugural vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, after the widespread protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer last May.
“As an educator, it’s about putting the theory, the ideas, the amazing research into practice.”
Yellow Robe, a registered Democrat, also was recently named to a committee to assist in the search for a Lincoln police chief.
She said she decided to run for school board because as a leader in education, it’s time.
“As an educator, it’s about putting the theory, the ideas, the amazing research into practice,” she said.
It’s also time to “afford new perspectives in leadership, meaning not just affording chances for those who might be unintentionally reinforcing bias in the system," she said.
Equity and inclusion efforts to ensure racial justice in schools are a priority for Yellow Robe, who said the work is especially important to engage and empower young students. She said supporting early childhood education is among her priorities.
She wants to look for additional opportunities to increase access to apprenticeships and other experiences for students starting in middle school and embrace innovation by supporting and creating multiple pathways in agriculture and industry; and to empower neighborhoods and parents.
Yellow Robe has two sons, one in middle school and one in elementary school, at LPS. She earned her bachelor’s, master's and doctoral degrees at UNL.