Imara Roose Inc. is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) mentoring program
for women of color, by women of color.
It was launched in 2011 by Halima Adenegan, Esq.
Given her experiences as a black woman and first-generation American,
Halima was inspired to return to her alma mater, Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS),
and create Imara Roose as a means to inspire, empower, and uplift girls in her community.
Over time, the focus shifted from college students mentoring high school students
to professionals mentoring to college students.
Imara (ee-mah-rah) is Swahili for strong and resolute—
key characteristics black and brown women must embody to excel
in a society where they will continue to face countless barriers
to equitable access and opportunity because of their race and gender.
Roose, pronounced “rose”,
is a pun on the ERH's name, and representative of the flower, which denotes beauty.
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