Keynote Speaker

Iva E. Carruthers, Ph.D.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Iva Carruthers

Iva E. Carruthers, Ph.D.

Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC), an interdenominational organization within the African American faith tradition that is focused on social justice issues, will be the keynote speaker for the New Baptist Covenant’s luncheon at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s General Assembly on Thursday, June 18.

An inspiring advocate of social justice, Dr. Carruthers has worked tirelessly to build a network of faith-based advocates, both clergy and laity, who work together to address the critical needs facing local, national, and global communities. Her work has resulted in SDPC being recognized for its influence on policy issues impacting the African American community as well as communities in need worldwide.

Dr. Carruthers has a long history of engagement in community development and social justice ministry and has fostered interdenominational and interfaith dialogue in the U.S. and Caribbean as well as in South America and Africa. She is the co-editor of Blow the Trumpet in Zion: Global Vision and Action for the 21st Century and has authored and edited a number of articles and publications.

Her many awards and appointments include the 1999 Life Achievement Award by Northeastern Illinois University and the “Year 2000 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” award, given by the National Foundation of Women Legislators and the Small Business Administration. She was inducted into the National History Makers; a recipient of Ebony Magazine’s year 2001 Outstanding Mother Award for Mentoring; and, noted as a Chicago area social justice pioneer in the Women Alive! A Legacy of Social Justice Exhibit.

Dr. Carruthers received the B.A. degree from the University of Illinois; the M.A. and the Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University; a Master in Theological Studies degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Humane Letters, Meadville Lombard Theological School. Awards and postdoctoral fellowships received by Dr. Carruthers include Northwestern University Center for Urban Affairs, The Russell Sage Foundation, University of Chicago, Adlai Stevenson Institute for International Affairs and The National Endowment for the Humanities.

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