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Her Stories: Dr. Patricia Rodney‘s Activism

18 September 2023, 17-18.30

Neuer Senatssaal, Hauptgebäude


Black women have played a crucial role in activism throughout history, contributing significantly to various social, political, and civil rights movements. Their activism encompasses a wide range of intersectional issues, including racial justice, gender equality, and more. Their dedication and resilience have helped advance social justice and create a more inclusive and equitable society. This is the story of Dr. Patricia Rodney.


Dr. Patricia Rodney has lived and worked in Guyana, Barbados, England, Tanzania, Canada, and the USA.  As a seasoned public health professional, her career spans the disciplines of health, adult education and literacy, social work and women, gender and development. During her 15-year academic tenure at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, USA (1995-2010) she was promoted to MPH Program Director, Professor, Department of Community Health & Preventative Medicine and Assistant Dean for Public Health Education.  Dr. Rodney is the author of The Caribbean State, Health Care and Women: An Analysis of Barbados and Grenada 1979-1983, Africa World Press,1998 and has published several peer reviewed academic articles.  Dr. Rodney is currently an Adjunct Professor, Department of Community Health & Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine.   

Since 2011, Dr. Rodney has been the CEO, of Partners in Health, Education And Development (PHEAD), an international development consultancy organization. She has worked in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Botswana, Lesotho, and South Africa. Dr. Rodney is also the CEO, of The Walter Rodney Foundation (WRF) www.walterodneyfoundation.org established by the Rodney Family in 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Rodney is the mother of Shaka Rodney, Entrepreneur, Kanini Rodney-Phillips, Physician and Asha T Rodney, Attorney at Law. She is the grandmother of Asia, Kai, Skye and Appeadua.