Anika Simone Johnson

Anika Simone Johnson

Director of Equity & Inclusion
Student Services
Lechase Hall 234
(585) 276-4897
asjohnson@warner.rochester.edu
 
Education:
EdD, University of Rochester (higher education)
MS, Fairfield University (education in teaching and curriculum)
BS, State University of New York - College at Fredonia (communications)


Anika Simone Johnson is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and has seven years of experience
working in K-12 education and 11 years in higher education. Her expertise is providing academic
advisement, college preparation, programmatic initiatives, and mentorship to first-generation,
low-income and African, Latinx, Asian, Native American (ALANA) students.
 
In 2013, she joined the University of Rochester in the Office of Residential Life and
Housing Services as resident director, College Center for Advising Services as
academic counselor, and most recently transitioned from the Office of Minority Student
Affairs as assistant director of student engagement and success.
 
She was a guest panelist for the New York State Association of College Admissions
Counseling-HEOP Ed. Navigating Admissions through COVID-19 and the Western New
York Advising Conference, “Unpacking COVID-19 and Racism in Advising.” Johnson’s
abstracts were accepted/presented at local and national conferences for the Black
Doctoral Network, Inc., National Association of African American Studies and
Affiliates (NAAAS), American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, and National
Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). She has
been invited as a speaker to present at higher education institutions, high schools, and
community organizations to facilitate workshops and sessions in Identity, Mentorship,
Financial Literacy, Wellness Management, Imposter Syndrome, Safe Zone (LGBTQA+)
and Unconscious/Implicit Bias trainings.
 
In 2016, she began her Warner School service as a mentor to graduate students and facilitated annual professional leadership trainings for graduate students who worked in the Office of
Residential Life. In 2017, she served as an alumni representative for the Higher Education
Student Association. In 2018, she began serving as a dissertation committee reviewer.
 
Throughout her tenure at the University of Rochester, Johnson has taught courses in the
College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering related to academic advisement, student leadership
development, college transition, and student engagement to enhance retention efforts. She
has participated in 15 committees, such as the First-Generation Students and Families
Committee, Study Zone Steering Committee, and the Douglass Leadership House
Committee to support student engagement and academic success.
 
Johnson has been involved in community volunteer programs, including Women Help
Girls Program, Baden Street Settlement, Inc., Femmily Magazine, Treat Her Like a Lady
Prom Dress Giveaway, and Potpourri of Color Performing Arts Company, LLC. She also
writes a monthly column focused on beauty and wellness for Rochester Woman Online.
 
Johnson was presented with the Warner School’s Tyll van Geel Educational Leadership Award
in 2018 and the American Association University Women’s Emerging Leader Award in 2019.