Jewher Ilham, a full-time general studies student at Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, will host an open discussion about her battle to free her father, who is imprisoned in China for human rights activism. Ilham will speak at Ivy Tech Bloomington on Monday, March 28 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Lamkin Hall.

Ilham came to Bloomington in February 2013 at the age of 18. Planning to help her father, economist Ilham Tohti, begin his work as a visiting scholar at Indiana University, she instead arrived alone after he was detained at the airport in Beijing. Tohti is now imprisoned for his human rights activism on behalf of the Uyghur ethnic minority, a Muslim ethnic minority from Western China.

Ilham now advocates for her father’s release and continues his work for human rights from within the United States. She has testified before Congress, been featured in the New York Times and other major newspapers, and recently published a book titled Jewher Ilham: A Uyghur’s Fight to Free Her Father.

She was born in Beijing, where her mother, step-mother, and two younger brothers reside. She is a member of the International Student Club at Ivy Tech Bloomington and has also taken classes at Indiana University.

Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus is growing in international and guest student enrollment and currently has more than 100 full-time international students, and more than 1,000 guest students. Many international students are enrolled at Indiana University and take courses at Ivy Tech as guest students, so they can earn more credits and transfer them back to IU. Registration is open for summer classes that begin May 23 and fall classes that begin August 22. To enroll visit or guest students can enroll at

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.