Brianna Rogers

Brianna is a force! She is a values driven leader, community mother, educational leader, and a powerful voice for many system impacted youth of color. Brianna’s public service career begin as a result of taking on an elected student leadership position at her community college. Rogers, a native to Berkeley CA, re-entered the world of academia after 14 years removed, transferring to The University of California, Berkeley as a 1st generational student parent from Berkeley City College where she served as President of Associated Students and student trustee of the district. She arrived with a fearless spirit, learning new and innovative ways that she could share campus resources with the goal of empowering other UC Berkeley, Black identified transfer students achieve successful academic completion; In 2016, she premiered the transfer coordinator position for the African Student Development Center developing workshops built to empower other Black identified transfer students earning her The departmental Rhetoric in Action Award. While a seasoned, professionally trained rhetorician, Brianna is truly about action! She recently founded the organization Black Girls Rise with her 17 year old daughter who will be a freshman, in college, herself, this Fall 2019. A space aimed to empower and mentor Berkeley High Black female identified teens who make up only 11% of their campus, she is passionate about supporting the Black community, especially by working with youth. She also is a CASA (court appointed special advocate) serving our most vulnerable foster youth. Being a former foster youth herself, Brianna feels a need to be a continuous powerful voice and advocate for all system impacted youth especially young Black Girls.