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Carl Wilkens Fellows are selected through a rigorous application process based on their willingness, ability, and potential to become movement leaders in their own communities.


Anthony Kasongo

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Originally from the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC), Anthony Kasongo is an activist and advocate of social justice and human rights. A proven leader in the areas of project management, technology and problem solving, Kasongo brings over 15 years of professional experience and leadership to Congolese Genocide Awareness (CGA) where he serves as the organization’s executive director.  Kasongo also holds the positions of Information Technology

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Mike Brand

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Mike Brand is a Program Assistant at Saferworld in their Washington, DC office where he advocates for sustainable approaches to conflict prevention and mitigation. He has over eight years’ experience working in advocacy, organizing, and informal education for NGOs in both the US and Rwanda. Mike first got involved in the anti-genocide movement in college after doing research on the Rwandan genocide and then

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Myra Daghaypaw

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Myra Dahgaypaw is the Policy Adviser/Interim Executive Director for U.S. Campaign for Burma. She is a Karen human rights activist from Karen State, Eastern Burma. She was an internally displaced person for about 12 years and a refugee for 17 years until she resettled to the United States. Myra has lost many family members and friends to the brutality of Burma’s military regime. Since

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Melanie Nelkin

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Melanie Nelkin is a co-founder and current chair of The Georgia Coalition to Prevent Genocide (GC2PG). The GC2PG’s mission is to build a permanent anti-genocide constituency in Georgia. She was in the inaugural Carl Wilkens Fellowship Class in 2009, which connected her with a cohort of activists across the US with a focus on building tools for communities to prevent and end genocide. In

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Andalisa Lopez

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Andalisa Lopez is a nonprofit professional working at a children’s literacy nonprofit in Washington, DC. She first learned about the Darfur genocide while in high school and has since been active in organizing for change. While at Muhlenberg College, Lopez engaged other students in dialogue about international human rights issues and advocated for change around the ongoing genocide in Darfur as well as the

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Barbara Baker

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Barbara Baker is from Midwest. She is the first in her family to attend college and obtain a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctorate of education. Because of early experiences with abuses and equalities related to race, class, and gender, Barbara has passion for social justice activism that has inspired her career as an educator. She is currently employed at Berkshire Community as a

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Christie Nicoson

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Christie Nicoson is the Program and Operations Coordinator at World Without Genocide, a human rights organization headquartered at William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota. The organization provides education to raise awareness about past and current conflicts and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels for policies and legislation to protect innocent people, prevent genocide, prosecute perpetrators, and remember those whose lives

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Deanna Malmquist

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Deanna Malmquist currently works for Invisible Children as In House Counsel and Director of Human Resources. She received her J.D. from California Western School of Law in San Diego, and graduated from Bethel University Minnesota with a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science. Prior to finding her way to Invisible Children, she worked at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with soldiers who

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Kelley Szany

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Kelley Szany, Director of Educational Outreach & Genocide Initiatives, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Szany joined the Museum’s staff in 2001. She oversees all of the Museum’s educational outreach initiatives for students and educators, and develops the Museum’s community, youth and teacher programming and seminars on genocide and human rights issues. During her tenure Szany has been instrumental in the development of the

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Larry Grimes

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ln being a teacher of history, Larry Grimes became interested in the Holocaust about seven years ago while he traveled in Eastern Europe. He attended several workshops and seminars during the next several years. This is where his education began. He met Carl Wilkens and traveled to Rwanda twice with him. Grimes was an Alfred Lerner Fellow through the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous

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