Dr Jessa Rogers is a Wiradjuri researcher and Indigenous educator with nearly 15 years of teaching experience in schools and tertiary education. Jessa’s research focuses on Indigenous research methods and methodologies, and Indigenous peoples’ experiences of education. She was the founding principal of Australia’s first boarding school for Indigenous young mothers and babies, based in Far North Queensland. She has been a Fulbright Scholar (Harvard University), a Churchill Fellow, and was awarded a National NAIDOC Award for her contributions to Indigenous girls’ education. Jessa’s research draws attention to the voices of Indigenous students, with a specific focus on Indigenous boarding school experiences in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and mainland USA.
Jessa is the Managing Director of Baayi Consulting, and sits on the Aboriginal Australian Studies Journal Editorial Advisory Board and the AIATSIS Publishing Advisory Committee. She serves on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, the AITSL Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group, and the AHPRA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group. Jessa is a member of the ACCAN Indigenous Advisory Group, and serves on the Centre for Policy Development Board, among other committees. Jessa is nationally respected in Indigenous education, and writes for NITV, SBS, The Guardian, and The Conversation, and frequently contributes to media stories on Indigenous education. Jessa is the proud mother of three sons. Her whanau (family) connections through marriage are to Ngati Kauwhata, and Ngati Raukawa in Aotearoa. Jessa speaks te reo Maori, and is passionate about supporting Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Maori (Maori education), and Kaupapa Maori research methodologies and approaches. Jessa currently serves on the board of Hato Paora College, a Maori boarding school in New Zealand.