Robin Toof is Co-Director of UMass Lowell's Center for Community Research & Engagement, which develops research and programmatic partnerships between the university and the community. As the director of SLCCRO, Robin helps develop student co-ops in community–based organizations and supports faculty efforts to incorporate service-learning into their classes to meet learning objectives.
Robin’s expertise is in community partnerships and engagement, program evaluation and grant writing. Currently, Robin is working on the CWW Healthy Diversity project. The latest arm of the project seeks to better understand the unique challenges that non-profits face in establishing and maintaining diverse boards of directors. The research will result in policy and practice recommendations for community–based organizations. Robin’s role in this study is to provide input on the research design including survey and interview protocols, attend stakeholder meetings, conduct interviews, contribute to the development of recommendations and report writing.