Rhianna C. Rogers is an educator, cultural advocate, world traveler, and cross-cultural thinker. She has won multiple awards for her innovative approach to teaching and learning, including, most recently, the AY 2018-2019 State University of New York (SUNY) Diversity Equity and Inclusion award for her longitudinal study of Western New York culture and the 2017-2018 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her experiences teaching and traveling in the US, Middle East, Europe, and Latin America have pushed her to be curious and inclusive of diverse perspectives as well as an advocate for cross-cultural engagement. Overall, Rhianna enjoys meeting new people, traveling to new places, and experiencing all life has to offer.

I am an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at SUNY Empire State College. I am trained as both an anthropological-archaeologist and historian, specializing in Mesoamerica and native cultures of the United States. I received a certificate in Ethnic Studies, a B.A. in Social Sciences (Anthropology Major and History Minor), an M.A. in History, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies (Anthropology, History, and Linguistics Concentrations) from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. I am a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) with over a decade of field and museum experience. I have worked in both academic and public archaeology as well as in historic preservation and museum studies.

Saying no! I have a tendency to do too many things!!

Follow your dreams.

I admire Rigoberta Menchu . She won the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Winner for her work on social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of global indigenous peoples.

Caring about others and giving voice to the voiceless.

Cooking!

Mexican History...I teach and write about it a lot!!

How to listen and respect others' perspectives.

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