Dr Jessa Rogers is Project Director - Indigenous Education and Research Strategy in the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Innovation) at the University of New England. The PVCAI portfolio is responsible for teaching and learning quality and academic innovation. Jessa’s role in this portfolio is to oversee the reform of the university’s curriculum toward embedding Indigenous perspectives across the university’s course offerings, enriching current Indigenous research practices, and to increase support of Indigenous researchers and HDR students at UNE.

Prior to joining UNE Dr Rogers was a Fellow at Harvard University in the Department of Anthropology. She is on the Federal Expert Group for the English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC) program and recently completed her 3-year term on the National NAIDOC Committee. Jessa’s PhD at the ANU looked at the use of Indigenous research methods and methodologies with young Indigenous women to understand their experiences of education away from home. Jessa previously opened Australia’s first boarding school for Aboriginal young mothers and babies as the youngest Aboriginal principal in Australia. Jessa is a Wiradjuri woman with cultural connections to Cootamundra and surrounding areas of NSW, and whānau connections (through marriage) to Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Raukawa in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her current research looks at Kanaka ‘Ōiwi youth experiences attending Indigenous boarding schools in Hawai‘i using Indigenous visual research methods.

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