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National Society of Black Physicists

Dr. Roberson has had a close association with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) since his time in graduate school. His thesis advisor, Dr Joseph A. Johnson, III, was one of the founding members of this organization. NSBP was formed over forty years ago in 1979 as a response to the racist attitudes many of the leading physicists had concerning their African American members within the American Physical Society, the leading association of physicists in America. Dr. Roberson currently serves as the president of the National Society of Black Physicists.

In recent years, the organization suffered tremendous challenges that threatened to close the organization down completely, but through the efforts of Dr. Roberson and many of his longtime friends and associates from NSBP, the organization has emerged stronger than ever. Before serving as the president of NSBP, he served on the executive board as the administrative executive officer. His positions on the board, both as the previous administrative executive officer and now as the president, allows him to work on developing the organizational framework that will allow NSBP to come back stronger than ever and position itself for even greater success in the future.

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NSBP Conference 2016 Convention Picture

NSBP Conference 2017 Convention Picture

NSBP Conference 2019 Convention Picture

2023 Conference Group Picture

NSBP's influence can be seen in organizations like the African American Women in Physics (AAWIP), the African Physical Society, and #BlackInPhysics, organizations that were either started or heavily influenced by NSBP members. The work with NSBP has allowed Dr. Roberson to work with fantastic organizations like the National Society of Hispanic Physicisits, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Coalition of Hispanic, African and Native Americans for the Next Generation of Engineers and Scientists (CHANGES) that are all devoted to changing the face of STEM professionals in this country in a number of different ways. Additionally, organizations like theAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Physical Society (APS), the Optical Society of America (OSA), and others have partnered with NSBP to intensify and strengthen efforts to make inclusion and diversity in STEM more of a reality.