Juhanna Rogers is a motivational speaker, commentator, artist, and education activist currently residing in Central New York. A native of Newark, New Jersey. Juhanna earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrative Arts from Penn State University – Altoona. While at Penn State, Juhanna wrote, directed, and produced artistic pieces that celebrated Black history and culture. Her work in theatre earned her Central Pennsylvania NAACP Woman of the Year at the ripe age of 20. Upon graduation, Juhanna sought a career in higher education. Juhanna went on to earn a Master’s Degree from Indiana University, in Higher Education Student Affairs. In 2007, she was selected as an alternate Fulbright Scholar based on her research race and equity in international education. Juhanna used her Fulbright proposal to create a study abroad program that has taken more than 100 students on trips abroad, increasing Indiana University’s diversity efforts. In 2010, Juhanna returned to Indiana University to pursue her doctorate in higher education. Her research focuses on critical race theory, racism in education, and the international experiences of Black students and scholars.
In 2011, Juhanna recognized that as a Black female 1st generation doctoral student she and her sistah-scholars needed a strong network as they navigated the program. Juhanna and a colleague founded SistaCircle, a women’s support group for Black women in doctoral programs. Sistacircle helped strengthen the relationships between Black women students and faculty in their doctoral programs. The SistaCircle was a critical factor in women completing degree requirements. In 2016, Juhanna and seven other colleagues made institutional history at IUPUI by being the largest group of women of color to finalize their programs simultaneously. The group of women gained national attention and were deemed The Great 8. The online presence and impact of the story of The Great 8 garnered Juhanna and her sister-scholars placement on Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list in 2016.
Over the last ten years, Ms. Rogers has traveled the world exploring ways through which underrepresented populations, specifically people of African descent, can improve their lives and communities. She has become passionate about bringing the narratives of the women she has met along the way to students in urban communities, and utilizing these stories as a tool for empowerment. Today, as Director of Health Services, at a community -based organization in Central New York , Juhanna is working to address health inequities in America's number one city for concentrated poverty. Juhanna and her staff are specifically addressing the concerns of HIV positive and/or at-risk for contracting HIV/AIDS and factors affecting families with young children. Juhanna utilizes her, national and international, experience to motivate and educate Black, Latin@ and refugee populations navigate the healthcare and social service systems.
In her free time, Ms. Rogers is a also contributing writer for various online blogs, offering commentary on Higher Education and the Black Woman Experience in higher education. Juhanna leaders and organizes workshop experiences and retreats on college campuses throughout the country. Juhanna encourages women of color to Live Out Loud and Unapologetically, Walk Into Who They Are.