Innovation Fellow



Founder, Generation Uplift
Teaching young people to use the power of film to capture the rich stories and history of older generations in North Carolina and develop solutions that can help create a better future for all

Roderick Heath is the director of the African American Male Initiative in the Division of Student Affairs at North Carolina Central University. He is responsible for assisting students with academic, social, emotional, professional, and cultural development. He is also the CEO and founder of Generation Uplift and The Higher Education Black Male Collective, LLC.

Generation Uplift is a student-led nonprofit that teaches young adults ages 16 to 25 to use the power of film to channel the rich stories and history of older generations in North Carolina into solutions that help create a better future for all.

The Higher Education Black Male Collective is a program established to foster a sense of unity, strength, leadership and economic mobility for Black males across the nation’s higher education spectrum.

Before joining North Carolina Central University in 2015, Roderick worked as a Fatherhood Coordinator for the State of North Carolina, Gang Outreach Coordinator for the Durham Police Department, Education Supervisor for the Durham Housing Authority, and high school graduation counselor and dean of students for a K-8 charter school.

Roderick graduated from North Carolina Central University, majoring in mass communications. He received his Master’s of Education from Wingate University in 2010 and his Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Fayetteville State University.

Roderick has a passion and dreams of helping at-risk youth gain control of their future. His objective is to utilize his dedication to assisting students in developing social and emotional skills to help their educational journey. He strives to be an articulate communicator while effectively interacting with diverse populations of students on a variety of academic levels. In his personal life, he is a father, husband, and an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.