Akua Cason
Interim Director
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Akua has experience working with low-income, first-generation and traditionally underrepresented, academically promising students. She utilizes various strategies and techniques, bringing unique and creative programming and resources to support students throughout their educational careers.

NEIU Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Inner City Studies, M.A.

Chicago State University
Psychology, B.A.


I understand the importance of education, integrity and collective responsibility in developing and preparing others. It is my personal mission to lead by example, positively influence others and create purposeful pathways for them as future leaders. I believe in the “village” philosophy and comprehensive approach through family involvement, academic improvement and community partnership. It is my intent to continue to design and implement programs that have the power to transform, cultivate and sustain greatness in our leaders as they move on to the next level.

Additional Information

I enjoy painting, creating jewelry and gardening.


Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Northeastern Illinois University
700 East Oakwood Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60653
United States

Office Hours
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday