Eastern Kentucky University's student life and organizations have been an integral part of senior Ainye Rogers' Eastern Experience. Being a full-time student is just a fraction of what Rogers has done with her time at EKU. At the core of Rogers' academic and professional development is leadership, both in the classroom and out on campus.
Rogers, a senior from Frankfort, Kentucky, majoring in sports management, has been heavily involved in student life and leadership throughout her time at EKU. Rogers is the president of her chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and serves as president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) at EKU. She is also involved with the Black Student Union and the Center for Inclusive Excellence and Global Engagement (CIEGE).
Rogers learned about Delta Sigma Theta from her mother, who is an alumna of the sorority.
“In this organization, we pride ourselves on service and sisterhood and not to mention social action. Delta Sigma Theta was the best choice I have ever made. The Everlasting Eta Rho Chapter has shaped me into the woman I am today,” said Rogers.
Rogers came to EKU during the Fall 2020 semester. Because of restrictions during the pandemic, student life opportunities were more limited and many events were virtual or canceled. With her mother’s advice and support, Rogers was able to find campus resources and spaces, such as CIEGE.
“I chose to be a part of CIEGE, because it was difficult to make connections with students due to the pandemic. I met some amazing people there, and I knew CIEGE was a home away from home and a safe space,” said Rogers. Although CIEGE had less student activity at the time, she quickly found a sense of belonging and felt welcomed from the staff.
Rogers’ heavy involvement on campus reflects her busy, day-to-day schedule. She attends class on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the afternoon, and spends her free time in CIEGE or the Greek Suite catching up on study hours and homework. Every week, Rogers also has council and chapter meetings. Once a month, she meets with other student leaders from cultural-based organizations at the Intercultural Student Leadership Coalition to discuss future events.
Rogers feels passionate about her education and student leadership. “I was able to help campaign during the Student Government Association elections and help with the Black History Month Planning Committee. It is so important to me that I can assist in educating my community and other diverse communities.”
Rogers’ leadership efforts in Greek Life were recognized at the 2023 Greek Presidents Ball. “My proudest moment as a Colonel so far undoubtedly has been receiving four awards during the Greek Presidents Ball: Chapter President of the Year, Outstanding Neophyte of the Year, Emerging Leader Award and Sorority Member of the Year Award,” said Rogers.
After graduation, Rogers plans to attend graduate school in North Carolina at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to obtain a degree in higher education and/or business. Rogers hopes to become a Division 1 athletic director.
As the School of Opportunity, EKU provides opportunities for students like Rogers to learn and grow in the classroom and beyond. Student Life and First-Year Experience strives to enhance the quality of student life by supporting the academic success and holistic development of every EKU Colonel.