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Artair Rogers: Learning Leadership

Artair Rogers, a double major in public policy leadership and sociology, has had the chance to put what he has learned into practice as Associated Student Body president at The University of Mississippi and is prepared for future leadership.

“I realized that everything I am interested in is related to policy,” he said. “I’m very interested in health care, and I feel like the best way that I can promote change within the health care arena is through public policy.”

“Artair’s sociology major has prepared him to examine the root causes of social problems, “ said Ross Haenfler, associate professor of sociology. “ We teach that what seem like personal, individual troubles are often in actuality public, or social issues. In terms of Artair’s interest in preventive health care, this led him to study the social causes of childhood obesity and, in the conclusion of his honors thesis, helped him formulate policy solutions.”

Roger’s credits his public policy leadership major with teaching him how to influence people positively.   “The major has shown the different avenues that one could take to promote change on a broad level that affects a lot of people,” Rogers said.

Eric Weber, assistant professor of public policy leadership, has worked closely with Rogers.

“Artair is a clear thinker and a persuasive speaker, qualities that I believe he refined further in our program,” Weber said. “He is an exemplary student who shows what happens when you combine individual initiative, a strong curriculum and a competitive yet encouraging community of peers. Artair will go far.”

Ross Haenfler agreed.  “To say Artair is driven is an understatement.  He is one of the most remarkable students I’ve had the privilege of working with. It’s a bit disconcerting to be teaching someone you think will probably one day be your governor.”

In addition to being ASB president, Rogers interned for the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, was an Ole Miss Ambassador and a member of the Chancellor’s Leadership Class.  He was also a recipient of the Outstanding Student Award in the statewide Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) and an organizer for UMSFUSION (University of Mississippi Students Facilitating Unity and Service in Our Neighborhood).  He was recently inducted into the Ole Miss Hall of Fame.

“I know I’m going to be successful in whatever leadership role I take in the future. Ole Miss has prepared me. I’m ready for the next step in my education. I’m ready for the next step in my life. I’m just ready,” Rogers said.