IWU Alumna Named One of America’s Most Daring Young Black Activists
April 13, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan alumna Charlene Carruthers ’07, was recently
named one of America’s 10 Most Daring Young Black Activists by CampusProgress.org.
According to their website, Campus Progress is a national organization that works
with and for young people to promote progressive solutions to key political and social
challenges. The organization engages a diverse group of young people nationwide and
attempts to inspire them to embrace their progressive values.
The Chicago native, who graduated from Illinois Wesleyan with dual degrees in international
studies and history, was selected for the award for her efforts in Haiti after the
devastating earthquake last August and for her political and social activism in her
blog and twitter accounts. These accounts, she says, “document her individual journey
to freedom and focus on issues affecting youth, women and people belonging in the
Although today Carruthers is an avid activist for political and social change in her
professional and personal life, she explains that this hasn’t always been the case.
“My first activism experiences took place at IWU,” said Carruthers who was a member
of the Black Student Union, Inter-cultural Leadership Alliance and the Student Senate
at Illinois Wesleyan. “A May Term trip to South Africa was a major catalyst into my
life in activism. My dedication to speaking and organizing around issues affecting
black communities is grounded in where I come from and the opportunities I had at
Carruthers hopes to continue her activist efforts in law school, where she will focus
on juvenile justice.
Contact: Jessica Hinterlong ‘11, (309) 556-3181