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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.


Ellen Feig

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A professor of composition and literature at Bergen Community College in New Jersey, Ellen Rosner Feig directs the Awareness and Information Program, Child Slavery/Trafficking/Soldiers for the Center for Peace, Justice and Reconciliation and is active in creating a lecture series focused on genocide and conflict. One of her primary interests is the use of discarded technology to create a genocide alert system in areas

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Katrina Field

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Katrina Field was only a high school student when she began drafting letters and petitions appealing to the White House and the United Nations to take action in Rwanda and former Yugoslavia. Later, as an adult college student in 2005, she discovered STAND (Students Taking Action Now: Darfur) and established a chapter at her university. From 2007-2009, she served as STAND’s State Outreach Coordinator

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Claude Gatebuke

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Claude Gatebuke is a member of Mobilization for Justice and Peace in Congo. As a member of MJPC, Claude has worked to raise awareness on the humanitarian crisis taking place in the Congo. He has organized festivals to raise awareness for abused and neglected children as the East Coast Operations Officer for Africamix. He has spoken on issues of genocide and mass atrocity in

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Tara Gipson

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As a Gifted and Talented teacher in Prosper, Texas, Tara Gipson has taught about genocide over the last eight years. In 2010, Tara and her 23 students created an online memorial to remember the victims of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The project,”teensmad4Rwanda” used USA Today’s “America Wants” Twitter Campaign to launch their genocide awareness project. With hard work and commitment, Tara and her

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Rick Hankins

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Rick Hankins is a doctoral candidate in Religion at Claremont Graduate University. In his dissertation, currently entitled Confronting Genocide: A Theological Foundation for the Responsibility to Protect, Rick grounds the responsibility to protect in a theology of solidarity and then explores the implications of this theological orientation for questions pertaining to genocide prevention, humanitarian intervention and post-genocide justice. Through the Carl Wilkens Fellowship, Rick

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Tim Aye Hardy

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Born and raised in Rangoon, Burma, Tim Aye Hardy grew up under multiple repressive regime governments in the country. Part of a family that championed struggles for peace, freedom and fundamental human rights in Burma, he also witnessed friends and family members disappear, face imprisonment, flee the country, and be killed, for demanding the basic human rights that every person should posses. Tim’s family

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Charlotte Hill

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From 2005-2010, Charlotte Hill devoted a majority of her time to informing her peers about mass atrocity around the world and advocating for stronger U.S. policies against genocide. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Charlotte organized both on her campus and throughout the country, serving as STAND’s National College Outreach Coordinator from 2008 to 2009. With the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition and other

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April Houston

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April Houston is a video production specialist currently residing in St. Louis, Missouri. Along with Congolese refugees she co-founded Imuhira International, a project aimed at preserving the culture of and bringing awareness to the Banyamulenge tribe of South Kivu (Democratic Republic of Congo), a tribe at risk due to the ongoing conflict in that country. April is especially interested in the ways media—specifically video—can

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Deborah Jones

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Deborah Jones is the President and co-founder of Save Darfur Washington State (SDWS). Over the past four and a half years, Deborah has worked with a coalition of community organizations and individuals throughout the state of Washington to educate and raise awareness of the ongoing genocide in Darfur. Through SDWS, Deborah has cosponsored programs with the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, Human Rights

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Kim Klett

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Kim Klett is an English teacher at Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona, where she teaches A.P. Literature and Holocaust Literature. Kim is also a Regional Educator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, conducting workshops for teachers throughout the Southwest region. She is the sponsor of her school’s ADL’s A World of Difference peer training program. Kim has worked to bring many speakers

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