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Archbishop Desmond Tutu

2008, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Archbishop Desmond Tutu rose to international fame during the 1980s as a deeply committed advocate of nonviolent resistance to apartheid. In 1995, Nelson Mandela...

Stephanie Elise Curtis

Stephanie Elise Curtis

During my time in Honduras, I was most struck by the resourcefulness of the people. The community hospital I volunteered in was short on the most basic supplies such as gloves, needles, hospital gowns...

Anna Cicone

Anna Cicone

I am a native of Ann Arbor entering my senior year at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. The beginning of my college career in Chicago at DePaul University sparked my...

Aimee Bothwell

Aimee Bothwell

The Wallenberg Travel Award has provided me with funds to spend a month in Xian, China, this summer, volunteering to help educate and care for children with physical and mental disabilities. Disabilities are widely...

Kate Thirolf

Kate Thirolf

I am currently a PhD student at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE) at the University of Michigan School of Education. This summer, thanks to the Raoul Wallenberg International...

Swapnaa Jayaraman

Swapnaa Jayaraman

I strongly believe in children having a “balanced,” as opposed to a strictly academic, education. This is despite (or maybe because of!) the fact that I was brought up in a culture which places...

2008, Sompop Jantraka

Sompop Jantraka established an organization in Thailand to rescue girls and young women from sexual trafficking in Thailand and the neighboring region of southeast Asia. His work has offered shelter, education and a future for thousands of children and disrupted networks that exploit the poor and vulnerable.

Sister Luise Radlmeier

2006, Sister Luise Radlmeier

Sister Luise Radlmeier came to the attention of the Wallenberg Committee through an article in Reform Judaism (Fall 2005) which reveals how Congregation Har HaShem in Boulder, Colorado organized the sponsorship for ten young...

Paul Rusesabagina

2005, Paul Rusesabagina

In 1994 the country of Rwanda descended into madness. In the spring of that year tensions were high due to years of political and economic strife. When President Juvenal Habyarimana died after his plane...