Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg Honored as a White House Champion of Change

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Assistant Professor in the Politics department at the University of San Francisco, was honored by the White House on January 30th, 2012, as a Champion of Change. The Champions of Change is a presidential initiative that honors and promotes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional innovative practices, achievements, and leadership to bring change to their community, country, and around the world.

Dr. Kamau-Rutenberg, a native of Kenya, is the Founder and Executive Director of the international nonprofit Akili Dada, which offers scholarships to high-achieving young African women from underprivileged backgrounds who demonstrate a passion for social change, and connects them to a network of professional mentors.

Dr. Kamau-Rutenberg’s teaching and research include the politics of gender, global philanthropy, international development, ethnic politics, transitions to democracy, and the role of communication technology in social action. She has also received the Foundations for Change Thomas I. Yamashita Prize, the African International Achievers Award, and has been recognized for her work by the United Nations.

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