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2018 Young Alumnus of the Year

Dr Jessa Rogers’ heart for the community and influential nature has paved the way for bettering Indigenous education. 

Jessa graduated from USQ in 2014 with a Master of Education and was named the 2018 USQ Young Alumnus of the Year.

"It is such an honour to be recognised by USQ as an Aboriginal woman," she said.

"I loved being able to study while teaching full-time and also having my second son."

"I really appreciated the support that Indigenous students get at USQ and the focus that they have on Indigenous education as well as the flexibility and study arrangements. I never could have finished my Masters without the support of USQ and the flexibility it offered."

“After completing my masters, I applied to Cambridge University to do my PhD. I was accepted and later chose to stay in Australia to be closer to my community and family, but it showed me that my studies at USQ truly were world-class and opened doors to my success as an academic,” she said.

Since then Jessa has held teaching positions and academic positions, including her current position as the Project Director for Indigenous Research and Education Strategy at the University of New England. 

Earlier in her career she was the inaugural principal of Australia’s first boarding school for Indigenous teenage mothers, the Cape York Girls Academy.

Jessa’s contribution to many academic publications, articles, reports and conference papers has not gone unnoticed and she has won numerous awards, including a Fulbright scholarship which saw her based at Harvard University. 

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