Alumna to speak on social activism

BLOOMSBURG—Alumna Fatima Maruta ’97, Ph.D. virtually returns to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania for International Women’s Day where she will discuss the topic “Start Locally, Act Globally.” The presentation will be on Wednesday, March 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Kehr Union Building Ballroom. Admission is free and open to the public.

Maruta will discuss her journey to establish the Rose of Sharon Welfare Organization in Zimbabwe. The Organization provides shelter, food, education and health care, social amenities and recreation to orphans in need.

Before traveling to the United States of America and graduating with a master’s degree in Business Administration from BU in 1997, Maruta enrolled for a Higher National Diploma in Accounting from Harare Polytechnic in Zimbabwe. She later matriculated to the University of Zimbabwe where she earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

She held several accounting posts in public and private institutions before joining the University of Zimbabwe where she lectured for six years and chaired the School of Accountancy. She then joined the UNAIDS as Projects Accountant for HIV/Aids Programs. She left in 2005 to form the Rose of Sharon Welfare Organization.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Global and Multicultural Education, the Office of Alumni and Professional Engagement, and the Women’s Resource Center.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.