Carl Wilkens Fellowship

An adult leadership program of iACT that seeks to bridge the gap between thought and action in the anti-genocide movement.

The Carl Wilkens Fellowship is an adult leadership program of iACT and seeks to bridge the gap between thought and action in the anti-genocide movement. In order to fulfill this mission, the Fellowship:

  • Identifies and develops effective leaders in communities across the United States.
  • Empowers these leaders with the skills and relationships necessary to build political will in their communities for the anti-genocide movement.
  • Connects leaders and communities through national campaigns and peer- and issue-based mentoring programs.
  • Supports these communities as they turn around to influence and shape U.S. policies on mass atrocities and genocide.

The goal of the Carl Wilkens Fellowship is to grow a nationwide network of leaders who will shape U.S. policy so that it is effective in preventing and ending genocide.

Our Fellows learn the skills and develop the relationships necessary to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Build political will. We want to increase the number of leaders who will educate and empower their communities to raise the alarm with their elected officials when the warning signs of genocide are seen.
  • Coordinate a movement. We want to increase the number of local organizations dedicated to genocide prevention, working within a coordinated national movement.
  • Unify the theme. We want to institute April as National Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, to provide structure and an umbrella theme for all parties to work under.
  • Strengthen the movement. We want to make the movement stronger by unifying policy makers, survivors, scholars, faith leaders, human rights advocates, and institutions behind one goal: ending genocide.

The Fellowship is named in honor of Carl Wilkens, a self-described “ordinary” man, who is one of only two Americans who chose to remain in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, and is credited with saving hundreds of lives. Mr. Wilkens is emblematic of the program’s theme: Ordinary individuals can make an extraordinary difference when they choose to engage.