N.C. A&T Office of Student Development Partners with HBCU All-Star for The Boss Up! Initiative


GREENSBORO, N.C. (March 5, 2018) – The Office of Student Development at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is partnering with Keonia Rodgers, a 2017 White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) All-Star, to host The Boss Up! Initiative.

The initiative is a series of three programs set for March 14, 21 and 28 that are designed to cultivate and empower collegiate women aiming to fulfill their potential, both personally and professionally.

“It has been a phenomenal journey organizing the Boss Up! Initiative for my fellow HBCU community,” said the senior, who is majoring in psychology. “I strive to become the best version of myself and would like to help others do the same.”

As an HBCU All-Star, Rodgers and 61 undergraduate, graduate and professional students – including North Carolina A&T’s Brandon Long – serve as ambassadors and provide outreach opportunities and information to their fellow students about the value of education and initiative as a networking resource.

The programs are Rodgers’ outreach projects and will feature N.C. A&T alumnae as panelists, including Board of Trustees member Hilda Pinnix Ragland, and, via video, former Board of Trustees member Janice Bryant Howroyd. U.S. Rep. Alma Adams ’68, N.C. Senator Gladys Robinson ’08, and Dutchess Lattimore ’07, star of VH1’s “Black Ink,” will all be featured as keynote speakers.


  • March 14: “Secure Your Health” will focus on emotional, mental and physical health awareness in an effort to promote personal development within the female student population
  • March 21: “Network to Net Worth” will share how to build connections and relationships to promote professional development and success in the workplace
  • March 28: “Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Leaders” will feature conversations about women in leadership and cover topics such as the challenges of being a double minority and overcoming gender biases

All programs are at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Academic Classroom Building on A&T’s campus. For additional information, visit www.thebossupinitiative.com or email Rodgers at krrodge1@aggies.ncat.edu.



About North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nation’s largest historically black university. It is a land-grant, higher-research classified university by the Carnegie Foundation and constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.