Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers is a founding trustee and General Secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC), an interdenominational organization within the African American faith tradition focused on social justice issues. SDPC is both a 501c3 and United Nations Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). She has steered the organization
as a unique, influential and esteemed global network of faith-based advocates and activists, clergy and lay. Dr. Carruthers has a long history of engagement in community development initiatives and social justice ministry, fostering interfaith and racial reparatory justice dialogue in the United States, Caribbean, South America, Asia and Africa.
Dr. Carruthers is Professor Emeritus and former Chairperson of the Sociology Department at Northeastern Illinois University; and, founding President of Nexus Unlimited, an information and technology firm. She is also founder of Lois House, an urban retreat center, Chicago, Illinois. She currently serves on several boards including American Baptist College, Nashville; Bread for the World, Washington, DC; and is a former member of the National African American Reparations Commission. She is a lifetime trustee of Chicago Theological Seminary.
Dr. Carruthers has authored and edited a number of articles and publications in areas of religion, sociology and digital technology. She served as co-producer of educational television programs, was a delegate to the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism, was appointed to the White House Advisory Council on the internet, "National Information Infrastructure", Mega Project; and the educational software she developed was awarded a ComputerWorld Smithsonian Award.
She holds degrees from the University of Illinois, Northwestern University, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and Meadville Lombard Theological School and is the recipient of many awards and several post-doctoral fellowships.