Dr. Marty Michelson of SNU is named one of 18 nationwide Carl Wilkens Fellows

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – Genocide Intervention Network today announced that Bethany local Marty Michelson has been named a Carl Wilkens Fellow. This unique fellowship recognizes community leaders who possess the commitment to fight genocide and the potential to make a difference in the lives of people in Darfur, Burma and other areas around the world. Launched last year, the fellowship will provide Michelson with advocacy training, access to experts and an organizing grant. 

Marty Michelson is a Professor at Southern Nazarene University and the Director of the Eupan Global Initiative. He has worked with students of various ages in churches, schools, and inter-faith agencies toward expanding awareness of genocide. For over a decade, Michelson has advanced issues of discerning tolerance and understanding differences, specifically educating about the genocide of the Jews. He has been recognized for his work by the local Jewish Federation of Oklahoma City and continues to partner with this and other religious, educational, and interfaith agencies. In partnership with a group of individuals committed to advance “the good for the all (the root etymology of eupan),” Michelson is working with various affiliations in Oklahoma City and the State of Oklahoma to educate about issues of genocide prevention. Michelson intends to use his Carl Wilkens Fellowship to develop working partnerships with federal leaders from Oklahoma for the anti-genocide movement as he continues to work in and around Oklahoma City to empower individuals to be active participants in staving off any future genocide in our world.

The Carl Wilkens Fellowship was named in honor of Carl Wilkens. Carl Wilkens was the only American to stay in Rwanda through the entirety of the Rwandan genocide. Despite warnings from the American embassy, Carl risked his life and stayed in Rwanda to try to help the people he had come to know and love there.

Carl Wilkens said, “Change begins with one. So few people in America were aware of the Rwanda genocide at the time it was happening, and even fewer were equipped to do something to end it. That’s why I'm so excited that Marty Michelson has been selected to join this year's class of Carl Wilkens Fellows. I know he will be a lifelong leader in the movement to end genocide.”

About Genocide Intervention Network – Genocide Intervention Network empowers individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. Currently focused on conflicts in Sudan, Burma and Democratic Republic of Congo, among other areas of concern, Genocide Intervention Network envisions a world in which the global community is willing and able to protect civilians from genocide and mass atrocities. The organization is building a permanent anti-genocide constituency, mobilizing the political will to prevent and stop genocide. For more information, please visit www.genocideintervention.net.

---Mame Annan-Brown, Genocide Intervention Network