Robin DeLuca-Acconi is currently an adjunct professor in the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University. She has been a school social worker in the Cold Spring Harbor School District since 1999. Her research surrounds advocacy, fair globalization and human rights. Other research includes human rights education and social and emotional learning in schools.
She is a STTP Lead Educator and is on the Civil and Human Rights Committee for the New York State United Teachers. She has co-founded a nonprofit, What Better Looks Like, which sends students to University in Rwanda and is dedicated to creating compassionate schools and communities locally. Dr. Acconi, who holds a Ph.D. and LCSW has co-authored a book “School made easier: A kid’s guide to study strategies and anxiety-busting tools,” through the American Psychological Association’s Magination Press.
Robin believes that Human rights education can create a compassionate school environment, one with shared vocabulary, values and norms, and that the ability to connect the SEL skills of the STTP defenders and teach these skills to students has the potential to make real change in schools and around the world.