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Over the last ten years, Dr. 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 narratives out of the women she has met along the way to students in urban communities and use these stories as tools for empowerment. In 2011, Dr. Rogers recognized that as a Black female and first generation doctoral student, she and her sistah-scholars needed a strong network as they navigated the program. Dr. Rogers and her friend and dear colleague, Dr. Nadrea Njoku, founded a SistahCircle, a women’s support group for Black women in doctoral programs. The SistahCircle helped strengthen the relationships between Black women students and faculty in their doctoral programs. The SistahCircle was a critical factor in the women completing degree requirements. In 2016, Juhanna and seven other colleagues made institutional history at Indiana University by being the largest group of Black women to graduate simultaneously in the School of Education. The group of women gained national attention and were deemed The Great8. The Great8 were selected as honorees for the 2016 Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list.
Today, Dr. Rogers utilizes her national and international experience to motivate and educate Black and Brown leaders in order to create change in their communities and professional spaces. 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. Dr. Rogers leads and organizes workshop experiences and retreats on college campuses. Dr. Rogers encourages women of color to live out loud and unapologetically, walk into who they are.
“Behind the Woman” produces narratives that illustrate how women, in various sectors of our community, choose to pursue their dreams despite the challenges, the fears, and the risks.