Iva E. Carruthers is General Secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (SDPC), a national interdenominational organization within the African American faith tradition focused on social justice issues. Former director of the Black Theology Project, Dr. Carruthers has a long history of engagement in community development initiatives and social justice ministry, fostering interdenominational and interfaith dialogue in the United States, Caribbean, South America and Africa. Dr. Carruthers is Professor Emeritus and former Chairperson of the Sociology Department at Northeastern Illinois University and was founding President of Nexus Unlimited, an information and educational technology firm.