Role Model

David W. Robinson-Morris, Ph.D.

Regional Director of Diversity and Inclusion of the Bayou Region, Ochsner Health

David W. Robinson-Morris, Ph.D. is the Regional Director of Diversity and Inclusion of the Bayou Region for Ochsner Health. He is the Founding Director of The Center for Equity, Justice, and the Human Spirit, former Assistant Professor in the Division of Education and Counseling, and served as the university’s Assistant Vice President of Development at Xavier University of Louisiana.

David holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research with a dual concentration in Higher Education Administration and Curriculum Theory, and an Education Specialist (Ed. S.) Certificate in Educational Leadership with a focus on applied research, measurement, and evaluation both from Louisiana State University (LSU). He is a 2006 alumnus of Loyola University New Orleans and a 2011 graduate of the University of New Orleans. David is the author of a research monograph titled, Ubuntu and Buddhism in Higher Education: An Ontological (Re)Thinking published by Routledge in 2019.

Dr. Robinson-Morris’ career as an upper-level administrator is grounded in his work as a social justice and human rights advocate and academic, whose engagements across several platforms including higher education institutions, government, human rights organizations, corporations, non-profit, religious, and philanthropic organizations seeks to impact policy, change practice, and uplift the human spirit wherever it is diminished.

David is actively engaged in several civic, educational, and human rights organizations throughout the city, state, and region. Dr. Robinson-Morris serves as vice president of the College Beyond Board of Directors and vice president of the St. Charles Avenue Center for Faith + Action. He is a member of the Forum for Equality Foundation (Louisiana) Board of Directors, board member of the Leona Tate Foundation for Change, a community advisory member of The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Board of Directors’ Acquisitions Committee, member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) Louisiana Steering Committee, past member of the Academic Advisory Committee of E. Pluribus Unum, member of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Overcoming Racism Committee, and the Higher Education Cluster Co-Leader for the Campaign for Equity New Orleans (CENO).

Additionally, Dr. Robinson-Morris serves as a commissioner of the city of New Orleans Human Relations Commission, where he is the co-chair of the Commission’s Truth and Reconciliation Subcommittee; he is a member of Governor John Bel Edwards’ Louisiana Climate Initiatives Task Force Equity Advisory Group, and was a member of the historic city of New Orleans Street Renaming Commission’s Outreach and Research Subcommittees.

Most recently, he was appointed to the board of directors for the ADL South Central Region, the Louisiana Budget Project, the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans (CACNO), and as a member of the New Orleans Steering Committee for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

David is a past board chair for Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (EPNO), a founding board member of Propeller (formerly Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans), and in its early days served as a member of the Son of a Saint Foundation Advisory Board.

Dr. Robinson-Morris is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is a native of Galveston, Texas.