Alumna recognized by U.N.

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg
Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg ’01, center, was on campus in February 2010 to accept the Alumni Association’s 2009 Pete Reid Award for Young Alumni. She is pictured here with Pete Reid ’49, left, and President George Bridges. While on campus, Wanjiru also participated on an alumni panel on international nongovernmental organizations titled, "Want to Change the World?"

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg ’01 traveled to Rio de Janeiro in May 2010 to accept a Marketplace of Ideas award sponsored by the United Nations’ Alliance of Civilizations.

Akili Dada — the nonprofit organization Wanjiru founded in 2005 to provide secondary-school scholarships, mentoring and leadership training for Kenyan girls — was one of nine international winners. "Just to have the U.N. recognize Akili Dada is a tremendous validation of our work over the past five years," Wanjiru said. Wanjiru is an assistant professor in the politics department at the University of San Francisco.

For details, see Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg ’01 accepts United Nations award.