Ruthie Sifuma grew up in Gillette, Wyoming. She attended the University of Kentucky then transferred to Arizona State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She became passionate about health care inequality, environmental conservation, and food sustainability during her undergraduate years.
Ruthie takes pride in her volunteer work. She was a member of the Arizona Global Health Project, a public service student organization focused on volunteer work, fundraising, and raising health awareness in the Phoenix community and beyond. Through this organization, she was able to participate in a variety of causes, such as hosting clinics that would give underserved communities access to health care, as well as preparing and sending meals to children facing food insecurity.
After graduating college in December 2020, Ruthie worked as a microbiologist. She is eager to learn more about Environmental and Intellectual Property Law. She is a member of the Black Law Student Association, the STEM Club, and Penn Intellectual Property Group.
Ruthie is so grateful for every opportunity she has been given, especially the opportunity to attend Penn Carey Law as a Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander Scholar. This privilege encompasses everything her parents dreamed for her when they immigrated from Kenya. She looks forward to making new friends, exploring her interests, and carrying on Dr. Alexander’s legacy.