The Peace Centers program began in 2002, and there are now more than 1,300 alumni who work in more than 115 countries. This year, The Rotary Foundation received over 800 applications endorsed by a Rotary district for just 117 fellowship awards. Of the four candidates endorsed by District 5950 for the 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowship, three were selected as finalists and one was selected as an alternate. That’s an amazing success rate, and speaks volumes to the way our Clubs and District recruits and supports candidates throughout the application process.
 
Read more to meet two of the selected candidates and check back for a third announcement!
 
Peace Fellowships are awarded for full support to pursue a master’s degree in peace studies and conflict prevention at five Rotary Peace Centers around the world:  University of Queensland, Australia; Uppsala University, Sweden; University of Bradford, England; Duke University, United States (not available to US citizens); and Tokyo International Christian University, Japan.
 
Fifty fellowships are awarded each year to candidates from all over the world.
 

Rotary Peace Fellowship Awarded to Caitlin Schweiger

Rotary District 5950 congratulates Caitlin Schweiger on her selection as a Rotary Peace Fellow.
 
 
Ms. Schweiger received her B.A. degree at the University of Minnesota and a J. D. degree at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.  She is currently a clerk for the Honorable Judge Christian Sande of the Fourth Judicial District Court in Minneapolis.  She is also in her second year as a Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellow in Human Rights and Law at World Without Genocide, where she works on advocacy and awareness for the International Criminal Court.
 
Ms. Schweiger will begin her studies at Tokyo International Christian University in fall 2021.
She was nominated for the Peace Fellowship by the Minneapolis University Rotary Club.
 
 

Rotary Peace Fellowship Awarded to Megan Dumas

Rotary District 5950 congratulates Megan Dumas on her selection as a Rotary Peace Fellow 

 
Ms. Dumas currently works as a project manager for WoMena in Kampala, Uganda, where she participates in several health care initiatives focused on addressing a taboo and often neglected area of women’s health: menstruation. In her role as a Project Management Officer, Dumas contributes to developing options for women in Uganda’s refugee settlements and resource-poor settings to manage their menstrual health with dignity and support.  Ms. Dumas is committed to lessening the amount of injustice experience throughout the world and believes that there must be a focus on achieving global peace in the face of a pandemic, climate change and massive displacement.  Her professional background is in gender-based violence, global health and sexual and reproductive health and rights. 
 
Ms. Dumas received her B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota, where she majored in global studies with concentrations in Africa and Global Health and Mobile Populations. She previously received a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  She is also a former Rotary Youth Exchange Ambassador to Brazil and contributed to various international teams both as a volunteer and working professional. 
 
Dumas was nominated for the Peace Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Orono.
 
 

For more information about Rotary Peace Fellowships, visit https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships  or contact Dr. Ellen Kennedy, Rotary District Peace Fellowships Chair, at 952-693-5206, kennedy@worldwithoutgenocide.org

Ellen Kennedy, member of Minneapolis University, has been the District Chair for the past nine years.