Craig and Kenyatta Futterman

Resident Deans — International House

Craig and Kenyatta Futterman have spent many years surrounded by and engaged with University of Chicago students—Craig as a clinical professor at the Law School and Kenyatta first as an academic adviser in the College and now as the youth program coordinator within the Department of Safety & Security’s Office of Risk Management. The couple hopes their new role as Resident Masters in International House will “keep us connected, young, challenged at all times, and learning at all times,” Craig says.

Prior to his 2000 appointment to the Law School faculty, Craig—a Chicago native—graduated from Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and economics, and received his Juris Doctor degree from Stanford University. Kenyatta, who grew up in Kankakee, Illinois, attended Spelman College as an undergraduate, earning her bachelor’s degree in English. She later attended DePaul University, where she received a Juris Doctor degree.

The couple has two daughters, Alijah, a freshman at Stanford University, and Asha, a junior at the Laboratory Schools, as well as a friendly Golden Labrador, Tuffy.

Craig, who has been director of the Law School’s Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project since 2000, which recently fought for and won the release of the police video of the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, notes, “We are a multiracial, multiethnic, and multifaith family. We hope to build an environment that is welcoming to all of our students.”

“I hope students see Kenyatta and me as people who can relate through their own experiences, or vicarious experiences with others, and address some of the challenges that they might be facing both in life and on campus,” Craig says.

The Futtermans also look forward to sharing their interests with students, which include barbeque, jazz and hip hop, theater and film, and sporting events, as the family can often be found cheering on the Maroons. They also hope to unite the community with poetry slams and informal conversations with UChicago faculty members.

Kenyatta and Craig value and respect the unique characteristics that International House offers to the University community. Kenyatta says that they will work to continue those traditions, as they embrace student ideas and feedback to create new ones.  

“First and foremost, we just want to be there and be present,” Craig says. “We want to have conversations, be it about academics, about life, about their experiences, dreams, and hopes. This is the stuff we enjoy and love doing.”