Meet Dr. Rodgers-Rose
La Francis Rodgers-Rose, Ph.D. is the Founder and President Emeritus of the International Black Women's Congress. This organization is comprised of women of African descent from all walks of life all around the world. She understands the benefit of a network system that exists at the local, national and international levels. Dr. Rodgers and the members of IBWC feel that it is time for women of African descent to organize around our own needs and address our problems from an African-centered perspective.
Our Founder's Story
Dr. Rodgers-Rose is the founder and CEO of the International Black Women’s Congress.
She is a clinical sociologist, professor, community leader, consultant and author, is a graduate of Morgan State University, Fisk University and the University of Iowa.
She has more than 30 years of teaching experience, having taught at Case Western Reserve, Rutgers, and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rodgers-Rose taught African American Studies at Princeton University for 16 years, and most recently at Drew University.
She is a founding member and past president of the Association of Black Sociologists and the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists. She has been honored by the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women with their highest award, the Noble/Women International Leadership Award. She was an Essence Magazine Woman of the Month; received the founder’s award from the Association of Black Sociologists. In 2004, she was honored by the governor of New Jersey, the General Assembly and the cites of Newark, East Orange, Trenton and Camden for community service. She is a Fulbright Fellow to Africa, a past Distinguished Sociology Scholar, a member of Delta Sigma theta Sorority and Iota Phi Lambda Sorority.
In 1993, she was enstooled as Nana Obaapanyin Akosua Asantewaa Ofosua I of Aburi, Ghana.
On October 19, 2002, Dr. Rodgers-Rose was given a precious gift and a new lease on life when received a heart transplant.