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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.


Nare Kapelian

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Nare Kupelian was raised in the Armenian-American community in Los Angeles and has been active in the community from a young age. She has received a degree in Political Science-International Relations and History from UC San Diego and is currently a graduate student at UCLA. She is the Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America- San Gabriel Valley. Kupelian has also served

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Rebecca Swindler

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Rebecca Swindler is Director of Programs at Michigan’s Holocaust Memorial Center. She advocates the ability of museums and communities working cooperatively to have a positive impact on the world. She volunteers with the Michigan Museums Association to foster collaboration among Michigan’s diverse museums. Rebecca is a Michigan Conservation Steward and works to secure sustainable use of natural resources. She graduated from the University of

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Sonia Marie Leikam

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Sonia Marie Leikam is a Holocaust Educator who most recently served as Executive Director of the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center. A graduate of Lewis & Clark College (BA) and Portland State University (M.Ed), she also holds a Certificate in Holocaust & Genocide Studies from Georgetown University. An advisory board member of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project at the Portland Center for Public Humanities

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Tigranna Zakaryan

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Tigranna Zakaryan is a first generation Armenian-American from Los Angeles, California who relocated to the United States shortly after the 1988 Nagorno-Karabakh War between Armenia and Azerbaijan. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from The Evergreen State College in 2013. She has since traveled back to her home countries of Armenia and Russia to reconnect with her family and reflect upon

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Yong Joon Park

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Yong Joon Park, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education, Bayh College of Education, Indiana State University (ISU). He has a doctorate in Elementary Education from University at Buffalo, NY. Park currently prepares elementary pre-service teachers in Early Childhood Education at ISU. He holds current Indiana teaching licenses and has presented at numerous national, regional, and state

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Naomi Natale

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Naomi Natale is an installation artist, photographer, and social activist. She is interested in using art to bring about and inspire social change. She accomplishes this by creating and directing large-scale art installations that engage hundreds and thousands of artists, activists and children to act on behalf of a social cause. She is the founder and director of The Cradle Project, a fundraising art

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Kristen Anderson

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Kristen Anderson has been a member of Des Moines for Darfur since 2007 and views the Carl Wilkens Fellowship as an opportunity to broaden the anti-genocide constituency throughout central Iowa. Kristen will be working to develop a network of activists and volunteers spanning across multiple ages and backgrounds in order to raise awareness of the crisis in Darfur and to advocate for genocide prevention

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Jan Arnow

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Jan Arnow is a conscientious and energetic pioneer and a recognized authority in the fields of multicultural education, prejudice reduction, violence abatement and grassroots program design and mobilization. Her speaking and consulting engagements within these fields have included the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, California, the American Academies of Psychoanalysis and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as

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Richard Clark

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Dr. Richard Clark received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York in criminal justice and came to John Carroll in 1995. His research interests include the operation of the criminal justice system, the death penalty, the study of forgiveness, and human rights. His teaching areas are mostly in the Criminology Track. In addition to his 20 publications, Dr. Clark has presented over

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