May 23, 2013

MS. TUTU WILL NOT BE SPEAKING DUE TO ILLNESS. The challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa is the foundation of Nontombi Naomi Tutu's life as an activist for human rights. Tutu is the third child of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nomalizo Leah Tutu. She was born in South Africa and educated in Swaziland, the United States and England. She divides her adult life between South Africa and America.

Her professional experience ranges from working as a development consultant in West Africa to coordinating programs on race and gender and gender-based violence at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. In addition, Tutu has taught at the University of Hartford, University of Connecticut and Brevard College in North Carolina. She also served as the program coordinator for the historic Race Relations Institute at Fisk University. She is a much sought-after speaker to groups as varied as business associations, and nonprofit, church and civic organizations.

Naomi Tutu established Nozizwe Consulting with a mission to bring diverse groups together to learn from and celebrate their differences and acknowledge their shared humanity. Nozizwe means "Mother of Many Lands" in Xhosa and is the name she was given by her maternal grandmother. As part of this work she has led truth-and-reconciliation workshops for groups dealing with different types of conflict. She also offers educational and partnership trips to South Africa for high schools, churches, hospices, K-12 teachers, and women's associations. Nontombi Naomi Tutu plans to pursue a Masters in Divinity and is the single mother of two daughters and a son.

Naomi Tutu will deliver her keynote address at the School of Social Work's 2013 graduation ceremony, June 13, 6 - 8:30 p.m., at the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. We hope you will join us at the ceremony.