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Springfield: D. Sulamoyo, Ph.D., to give keynote speech

May 9, 2013

Benedictine University at Springfield will hold its 83rd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 18, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.

Dalitso Samson Sulamoyo, Ph.D., President/CEO of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies, will be the keynote speaker for the commencement ceremony. Sulamoyo graduated from Benedictine University at Springfield in 2011 where he was part of the first cohort to earn a Ph.D. in Organization Development. Sulamoyo also graduated from the same campus in 1994 when it was previously Springfield College in Illinois.

Sulamoyo was born in Lilongwe, Malawi to a Malawian father and Zimbabwean mother. He attended primary school in Malawi and high school in Zimbabwe so that he would have exposure to both his parents’ culture. He moved to the United States of America over 20 years ago.

Sulamoyo is the President/CEO of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies, a membership organization of 40 not for profits and public entities that serve communities and the economically challenged citizens of Illinois. The Association’s members provide an array of services to children, families and senior citizens. Sulamoyo has been highly successful in generating several funding sources for the association and building a strong association that is responsive to the needs of the Community Action network and families with low income in Illinois.

Sulamoyo is also the President and CEO of the Illinois Community Action Development Corporation, a statewide affordable housing development corporation and the Illinois Community Action Fund, the advocacy arm for Community Action in Illinois. As the President and CEO of the Illinois Community Action Development Corporation, Sulamoyo has overseen the development of
three affordable housing complexes worth over $15 million combined in West Frankfort, Beardstown and Hoopeston, Illinois. Currently, Sulamoyo is providing leadership for the Development Corporation to develop affordable housing throughout the state of Illinois.

He is an adjunct faculty at Benedictine University teaching courses in Organization Development at the Masters level and a distinguished visiting scholar for the Ph.D. program.

After attending Springfield College in Illinois, Sulamoyo earned a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Illinois College (Magna Cum Laude). Sulamoyo received a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Labor Relations and two Masters Degrees in Political Studies and Public Administration with a focus on non-profit management from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Sulamoyo completed his Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University in 2011.

Sulamoyo has published his research and work in leading scholarly journals and presented internationally on various aspects of Organization Development. He contributed a chapter in an international consulting book titled Research in Management Consulting (Volume 11) and Research in Organizational Change and Development (Volume 3) series where he discussed the peer consulting model he co-developed in Illinois. He recently contributed a chapter in a book titled Global and International Organization Development (Fifth Edition) where he discussed culture and strategic OD in Africa. His other work has been featured in the Organization Development Journal and the Organization Development Practitioner. He recently completed a book on OD in Southern Africa titled Creating Opportunities for Organization Development and Change in Southern Africa. The Book is a volume in contemporary trends in Organization Development and Change. Sulamoyo was appointed in 2013 to serve as a member of the editorial board for the Organization Development Practitioner Journal.

Sulamoyo has extensive experience consulting within the Community Action network with both public and not for profit Community Action Agencies. He has developed consulting models which have been successfully applied in Illinois and consulted for the state of Illinois, other not for profits and local units of government.

In 2010 he led a delegation consisting of four Community Action professionals to Port Au Prince, Haiti. The delegation worked with local Haitians in the most impoverished area of Port Au Prince to rebuild a school destroyed after the 2010 earthquake. Since then, the local community has expanded the school with four new buildings and increased enrollment with children living in tent cities.
Sulamoyo serves on numerous local, state and regional boards. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Mu Delta Lambda Chapter of Springfield, Illinois. He is also the Vice President of the Mu Delta Lambda Foundation.

In 2002, Sulamoyo was recognized by the Springfield Business Journal as one of the 40 under 40 business leaders in the Greater Springfield area. In 2003 he was recognized internationally by the Who’s Who Historical Society as a professional who has demonstrated exemplary achievement and distinguished contributions to the business community. In 2003 he also received the Silver Jubilee Award for Champions of Children and Families from the Illinois Head Start Association. In 2003, Dalitso was also recognized by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce as the Not- for- Profit Business Person of the Year. In 2003, Sulamoyo was recognized as a Certified
Community Action Professional by the Community Action Partnership and his peers in the Community Action Movement for excellence in Community Action vision, values and history. In 2006 he was recognized by his Alma Mater, Illinois College, for being a distinguished alumnus with the Alumnus Award for 2006. In 2007, Sulamoyo was recognized by the Associated Colleges of Illinois with the “Alumnus with Shining Example Award”. In 2007, Sulamoyo was also honored and recognized by the Illinois General Assembly for his leadership and commitment to fight against poverty in Illinois with House Resolution 544. In 2009 he was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award by the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies for his leadership in fighting for social justice. In 2010 he was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award from the Illinois Head Start Association for his leadership in fighting for social justice for children and families.

In 2012 Sulamoyo was elected to the Community Action Partnership Board, the national association representing all Community Action Agencies in the country. Sulamoyo serves as the second vice chair of the national association where he is able to contribute on national policy development and strategy for the nation’s largest anti-poverty network.

Sulamoyo was appointed in 2013 to a working group of the Urban Institute, a think tank and research organization that focuses on research and public policy analysis of social and economic issues.

He is married to Sara and together they have a son and a daughter.

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