In Memoriam: Professor Nina S. Roberts

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
collage of Nina Roberts photos

Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Nina Roberts died on Monday, March 28, after battling cancer. Roberts’ research was highly regarded in the areas of race/ethnicity, culture and natural resources. She was also nationally known for her work pertaining to urban youth, women and girls outdoors, including the connection to developing healthy lifestyles. Roberts was widely acknowledged for her commitment for her social and environmental justice work, including her advocacy for breaking down barriers — especially relating to diversity, park access and recreation opportunities on public lands.

Roberts joined the faculty at SF State in 2005 after spending 22 years of her career in the field. A Fulbright scholar, she joined the ranks of higher education from the National Park Service, where her employment stemmed from a graduate internship in the Intermountain Region while completing her Ph.D. at Colorado State University. At SF State, her leadership positions included serving as director of the Pacific Leadership Institute and, most recently, as the current faculty director of the Institute for Civic & Community Engagement.

Roberts was a prolific researcher and author of numerous publications in areas including outdoor programming and leadership, youth development, and race/culture and gender issues. She conducted youth development research with a variety of organizations, including the U.S. Forest Service, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and East Bay Regional Parks. Roberts also served on numerous boards, including Yosemite Institute, GirlVentures, UC Berkeley’s Institute for Parks, People, and Biodiversity and the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Memorial information will be available on the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism’s tribute page to Roberts.

Find out about the Dr. Nina Roberts Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund.