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Meet Our Fellows

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.


Nicole Moore

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Nicole Moore has worked as a middle and high school English teacher in Oakland and San Jose for the past four years. Her curriculum reflects her belief that educational standards and complex social issues can be addressed simultaneously, and she is most proud of the instructional plans she created for units dealing with connections between the Holocaust and Sudan. While working as a classroom

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Njeru Nthigah

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Njeru Nthigah is an entrepreneur and a devoted human rights activist. He first became interested in helping to end any current and/or prevent any possible future genocide after learning about the Rwanda atrocities. Over the years, he has actively been involved in anti-genocide activism including writing letters and participating in petition campaigns targeting the White House, US Congress and the United Nations. Njeru used

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Megan O’Connor

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Megan O’Connor has worked with several resettlement organizations in Arizona providing services and advocating for refugees coming from war-torn countries worldwide. Currently, Megan is the Director of The Welcome to America Project, which creates community connections and builds bridges of neighborly understanding by providing furniture, basic necessities, education, and additional resources to newly arriving refugees. She has studied politics and international studies at Arizona

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Michael Pertnoy

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As founder of Righteous Pictures, a film and new media production company, Michael Pertnoy is dedicated to developing creative and innovative community-based projects to educate, engage, cultivate and foster social change. His film, The Last Survivor, which helped to launch the first ever Genocide Prevention and Awareness Month in April 2009, tells the story of survivors of four different genocides who have become active

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Joshua Prager

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Josh Prager has a deep background in community organizing, from involvement with Ohioans to Stop Executions, to the Sierra Club, to Obama for America, and a facility in politics that earned him an internship at US Senator Sherrod Brown’s office in 2009. Equipped with these skills and compelled by a family history that is tied to the Holocaust, Josh has prioritized lobbying Congressional offices in Ohio and in

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Joshua Schreier

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Joshua Schreier grew up near Hartford, CT and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2007 where he now works as an Academic Assistant. He is currently the Media Relations Representative at the Connecticut Coalition to Save Darfur, a member of the Genocide Intervention Network, and an active organizer and advocate for human rights. Josh first became interested in working to prevent genocide around

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Karine Birazian Shnorhokian

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As the granddaughter of survivors of the Armenian Genocide and as the daughter of refugees from Turkey, Karine Birazian Shnorhokian draws strength and inspiration from her family history, and she is dedicated to ensuring that their past is never forgotten. She is the former Eastern Region Director for the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). To date, Karine has built coalitions with various human

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Azra Smailkadic-Brkic

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Azra Smailkadic-Brkic was born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina, republic of the former Yugoslavia. The war and genocide in Bosnia (1992-1995) and its aftermath have fostered her strong interest in genocide prevention, conflict management, peace building, and human rights. Azra holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights from the University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and University of Bologna (Italy). Her thesis entitled

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Pam Smith

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Pam Smith has been a public school teacher over twenty years with instructional assignments as a secondary language arts teacher, graduate teaching assistant at the University of Alabama, middle school gifted education language arts and social studies teacher, and community college instructor. Currently, Smith is an online instructor for Okaloosa Online, Blue Ridge Learning Academy, and Troy University as well as an English instructor

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Susan Smylie

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Susan Smylie is the Advocacy Coordinator for the San Antonio Coalition Against Genocide (SACAG, formerly the San Antonio Interfaith Darfur Coalition),a role she created because of her personal belief that we all can have a hand in ending genocide. She has organized numerous awareness and advocacy events in the San Antonio region and keeps local community members updated on actions they can be taking

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