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Angela Roffle Receives SLU Black Alumni Award
July 06, 2012
Angela Roffle, Human Services program coordinator and an assistant professor at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, received the Black Alumni Association Achievement Award from Saint Louis University this spring for her academic and community work.
She also received the Club Advisor of the Year at the Student Awards Banquet for her work with the Human Services Club. Both framed honors are hung on her office wall, as is a proclamation from the Missouri Speaker of the House Steven Tilley congratulating her for the recognition.
The Human Services Club is indeed busy this summer. Members are working with the Sweet Potato Project in North St. Louis, which is an urban garden that helps at-risk youths with financial empowerment and entrepreneurship. For the first time, they are sponsoring the Yari Yari Summer Literary Camp, which works with youth of African descent to develop writing skills.
Roffle received her master’s degree in social work from SLU in 2000, after earning a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1999. She became an adjunct at Forest Park in 2004, was named acting coordinator of the Human Services program in 2010, and promoted to the full-time position in 2011.
“I thoroughly enjoy interacting with my students," she said. "With each course that I teach, I learn from them how to be a better teacher.”
She has worked with many diverse and varied populations, from expectant mothers, to the elderly and hospice populations. She was executive director of a statewide advocacy organization, working on the state and federal levels for low-income citizens. Most notably, she helped advocate for the expansion of Medicaid coverage for children, helped others create a housing trust fund for the city of St. Louis, and supported the federal Welfare Reform Act.
Originally from Kansas City, Roffle worked in Jefferson City for 10 years and worked for the chair of the Black Caucus.
She is involved in numerous causes in St. Louis. She is currently working on the Missouri Homelessness Report with SLU professor Faye F. Abram. In addition, she is actively involved with the National Organization of Human Services, National Association of University Women, American Association of University Women in Community Colleges, Missouri Community College Association, National Black Child Development Corp. and National Association of Social Workers. She serves on personnel and public relations board committees of the Community Action Agency of St. Louis County Inc.
Roffle lives in the Central West End and has three children: a son, Harold Crawford Jr., and twin daughters Eboni and Olivia Roffle.