Area of Focus: Congo, violence against women
Location: Washington D.C.
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 sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is also interested in exploring how the media can both help and hinder conflict resolution and made this a focus of her honors thesis.
After completing a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington, DC Ms. Lopez interned with United to End Genocide where she worked on global policy and advocacy. She looks forward to continuing her engagement in the years to come and hopes to collaborate with others active in the movement to create an even more effective anti-genocide coalition. Lopez will use her 2014 Carl Wilkens Fellowship to meaningfully involve others in advocacy while combating the issue of “slacktivism” to keep people sustainably engaged in the anti-genocide movement.