Announcing Charlene Carruthers, MCLP Graduation Keynote Speaker

The Multicultural Leadership Program Class of 2018 will celebrate completion of their intensive eight-month leadership development program  with a graduation celebration on Saturday, April 28 from 7-9 pm at Illinois State University’s Bone Student Center. Illinois Wesleyan University alumna, community leader, and activist Charlene Carruthers will be the keynote speaker at this year’s graduation.

An engaging and dynamic speaker, Carruthers graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2007 and went on to receive a Master of Social Work from Washington University. She has been a fierce advocate for racial justice, feminism, and youth leadership development for over 10 years and attributes the beginning of her interest in politics and activism to a class trip she took to South Africa during her freshman year at Illinois Wesleyan.

Carruthers, who identifies as a black, queer feminist, is the national director of Black Youth Project 100, an organization that focuses on empowering black activism and speaking out against various forms of oppression. Her passion for building leaders within marginalized communities has led her to work on civil rights campaigns, economic justice, and immigrant rights throughout the nation. In 2015 she was a member of a delegation of activists who worked to build solidarity between Palestinian liberation and black movements. Charlene Carruthers will be sharing her passion for leadership in her speech “Leadership in Times of Uncertainty”.

This event is open to the public, and registration is required. Registration for the event can be completed on the graduation website. Tickets are $50 each and the price will by 10% increase on April 20.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Registration and Social Hour

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dinner and Program

To nominate a leader to be honored at this event, click here. Nominations due March 20, 2018.

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