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Shifting Your Lens

April 27, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Title: Shifting Your Lens

When: April 27, 2021

Time: 4 – 6:30 PM CDT

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Dr. Juhanna Rogers is a motivational speaker, commentator, artist, and education activist committed to social justice, education, and the arts. As a critical race scholar, she builds platforms for critical conversations on race, justice, and equity. Dr. Rogers has worked nationally and internationally to help address equity in higher education, exploring ways through which underrepresented populations— specifically people of African descent— can improve their lives and communities. Her passion lies in bringing out narratives of the people she has met along the way, using their stories as tools for empowering students in urban communities, including within her role as host of the WCNY/PBS series “Behind the Woman” and founder and contributor to the “4Mics” podcast out of her hometown of Newark, New Jersey.

In 2017, Dr. Rogers joined CenterState CEO, an economic development strategist and chamber of commerce located in Syracuse, NY. Her roles evolved from Director of Performance to Director of Community Engagement & Empowerment for the Economic Inclusion team, where she developed communication and engagement activities and strategies to drive change. In her current position as Vice President of Racial Equity and Social Impact, Dr. Rogers helps develop and deploy DEI strategies that achieve more equitable outcomes both internally and across the organization’s portfolio of work, including helping institutions establish strategic action-oriented plans that drive inclusive change in their respective workplaces. To complement these plans, she hosts conversations series to help support employees and trains individual employees to help manage and continue to proactively drive inclusion strategies.

Dr. Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Arts from Penn State University – Altoona, a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs and a PhD in Higher Education with a focus on Race and Equity from Indiana University. She and seven other colleagues made institutional history at Indiana University as the largest group of Black women to graduate simultaneously in the School of Education. This group of women—deemed “The Great Eight”— gained national attention and were selected as honorees for the 2016 Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list.

In her free time, Dr. Rogers is a contributing writer for various online blogs, offering commentary on higher education and the Black woman’s experience. Over the course of her career, Dr. Rogers has received many honors and awards, including:

2019                    Syracuse Mover and Shaker Award

2019                    National Harriet Tubman Freedom Award

2016                    Ebony Magazine 2016 Power 100 Honoree

2016                    Neal Marshall Alumni Club Standard Bearer Award

2008                    National Conference for Race and Ethnicity Student Leadership Travel Scholarship

2007                    National Finalist/Alternate for the J. William Fulbright- Hays Grant

2003                    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Woman of the Year – Blair County Pennsylvania

2003                    Penn State Eric and Josephine Baker Outstanding Leadership Award

2002                    Penn State Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award



April 27, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm