Jaqui Rogers is a co-founder of The Crooked Room Conference and Founder of MAMA2MAMA, LLC—a platform that centers the experiences of Black Mothers, Othermothers, and Caregivers in K-12 schools. Educated by the Saint Louis Public School system, Jaqui earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education Language Arts from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She acquired her MBA from Webster University shortly thereafter, and has since dedicated her career work to the non-profit sector by way of non-traditional education and curriculum development. While working as a Program Coordinator for Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis—a college access program for academically motivated students who’ve typically been placed “at-risk” as a result of racialized/socio-economic status—she was trained as a Wyman Teen Outreach Program (TOP) facilitator in 2013. Since that time she has diligently implemented the TOP curriculum throughout the Ferguson-Florissant School District and, now serves Saint Louis Children’s Hospital as a Community Health Educator for their Child Health Advocacy and Outreach Department.
What she most enjoys about teaching is the opportunity to liberate her students by challenging them to think critically about the world around them; helping them to explore and understand the skills and talents they possess; and providing the space and opportunity for them to use their knowledge, skills and talents to positively impact their communities. In addition to her position at SLCH, Jaqui is also pursuing her Doctoral Degree in Education Leadership with an emphasis in Social Justice, through the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Identifying as a Critical Race Scholar, she is passionate about studying the implications of historical context on present-day institutional and systemic racism, engaging in projects that feature the counter-narratives of the marginalized, and innovatively collaborating to create change that centers their liberation.