Iowa State University Alumni Association

Tinika Y. Roland 2017

Apparel Design ’92
Des Moines, Iowa

When it comes to connecting Iowa State’s African American alumni with the university and with one another, the ISU Alumni Association has no greater partner than Tinika Roland – a selfless volunteer with a heart for Iowa State University and a passion for amplifying the voice of its black alumni.

Roland has spearheaded a number of efforts on behalf of the Association, including the Black College Reunion – first held in Ames in 2002 – and the new Black College Network – a mentoring program she created that successfully kicked off in 2016 with hard-earned university support. In addition to her extensive work to develop the mentoring component of the Black College Network, Roland also helped establish a book scholarship for current ISU students.

She is now also working to establish the George A. Jackson Alumni Society in honor of retired ISU faculty member George Jackson, who passed away last year. Dr. Jackson was a mentor to countless African American students and alumni.

Roland is currently student orientation coordinator and an academic adviser for Des Moines Area Community College’s Urban Campus in Des Moines. In addition to her bachelor’s degree from ISU, she earned a master’s degree in business leadership from Upper Iowa University in 1998. Roland is a board member for the nonprofit organization Investing in My Future, as well as the Inner City Urban Development Athletic League. She also has a home-based fashion and consulting company named INIKATAE’ Fashions & Consulting. She has served on a number of ISU Alumni Association board committees and groups, most recently the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.

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