Joyce Rogers featured in Inside IU

By Maggie Stephens | Inside IU

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

'The sea of red and white would make smile' -- IU staff member represents the university at Indiana Black Expo

There will be a familiar face representing IU at the Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration on July 19.

Joyce Q. Rogers, the former president and CEO of the organization, will be on hand in her new role as vice president for development and external relations for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs and senior advisor for strategic development initiatives.

Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration is a week-long program that features many different events, including musical performances, the IBE Business Conference, a health fair, and even a motorcycle ride down Georgia Street.

Rogers was appointed to her position in the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs by the IU Foundation last fall. The newly created position was charged with increasing the awareness and significance of the university among prospective and current minority students, alumni, business and community leaders, and donors.

During her time with the Indiana Black Expo, Rogers managed the organization’s youth and family programs and more than 50 events annually, including Summer Celebration, the largest African American event of its kind in the nation. From 2004 to 2007, Rogers increased Indiana Black Expo’s revenue by $1.1 million and enlarged the economic impact for the city of Indianapolis by more than $15 million.

She also worked with IU to forge a strong bond between the two organizations.

“The sea of red and white would make me smile as I walked downtown and through the convention center,” Rogers said.

That partnership continues to strengthen as Rogers takes on her new role. At this year’s Summer Celebration, she and James Wimbush, IU's vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs, will speak at the corporate luncheon.

Rogers said she's looking forward to attending Summer Celebration events as a spectator this year, particularly as a representative of IU.

“It will be difficult, I’m sure, to not be overcome by those same emotions of gratitude and acknowledgement that I felt so strongly during my presidency,” she said.