Euneika Rogers-Sipp

@sippeuneik

Euneika began her career in design as a social entrepreneur in 1990 with a group of apparel industry activists called "No Logo" of Oxfam International in London, England where she was a student studying Fashion Design. Returning to the United States in 1993, she launched her first hybrid business, the social enterprise non-profit Refashion Network in Atlanta, Georgia, and the for-profit recycled clothing company, CARE-WEAR investing its profits into sustainable apparel production, education, and advocacy. Over 20+ years working across multiple disciplines in Film, Fashion, Fine Art, and Music, her works have been seen on MTV, BET, and Entertainment Weekly and in magazines such as Vibe, Trace, Source, and Rolling Stone.  Her current practice is specifically purposed to end persistent poverty in African American rural home towns by way of sustainable community and economic development. As the Founder of Sustainable Rural Regenerative Enterprises for Families (SURREF) and Sustainable Enterprise Development at the Black Belt Community Based Tourism Network (BBCBTN), she uses unconventional community engagement platforms to connect families to regenerative forms of development, agricultural design, and rural land use planning in the Black Belt of the Southern United States.  A historically oppressed region where the majority of residents have been disproportionately subjected to toxins and environmental degradation, land loss and residential segregation, she leads design development efforts that reflect local cultural production and vernacular traditions, preserve healthy land use, and reduce family vulnerability. Euneika is a 2015-2016 Harvard Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellow; she holds a joint fellowship (2015) with the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) and has a certificate of Community and Regional Development from the University of California Davis. She is currently working on her first book, a memoir of stories and insights from two decades of personal experience in social responsibility and design activism in America.