Area of Focus: Food security
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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 have been affected by genocide. Nicoson will use her 2014 Carl Wilkens Fellowship year to focus on the issue of food insecurity as a cause, consequence, and tool of genocide and mass conflict.
Nicoson previously served as coordinator for World Without Genocide’s exhibit, Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict, which educates people about different genocides and presents advocacy steps to prevent future atrocities; the exhibit has been shown throughout the upper Midwest. Nicoson previously worked with an organization in Mombasa, Kenya to combat sex trafficking and to provide support and rehabilitation programs for trafficked women. She currently assists Minnesota Senator Sandy Pappas with the international program Forward Global Women, a convening of women peace makers from the US, Middle East, and North Africa. At World Without Genocide, Nicoson organizes educational events, supports advocacy initiatives, and engages community members to build an anti-genocide constituency to stand up for human rights both locally and globally.
As a volunteer, she directed a youth mentoring program with the YMCA, served on the University of Minnesota Human Rights Student Advisory Board, and currently coordinates Rotary service projects with community partners, including World Without Genocide and local chapters of Habitat for Humanity.
Nicoson received her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from the University of Minnesota. She was named Citizen of the Year in 2014 by the Minneapolis University Rotary Club for her service to the community and to Rotary.