The John and Erma Stutzman Peace Fellows Program was created in 2007 with the purpose
of encouraging talented Illinois Wesleyan University students to pursue focused study
in areas involving peace, conflict resolution, and social justice, areas that reflect
the broader university mission.
Students who are selected into the program complete three approved courses as well
as an independent study and an internship related to their area of interest.
A small fund is available to assist students in fulfillment of program requirements
and an advisory faculty panel helps Peace Fellows to complete the program in a successful
and timely manner.
To date, our Peace Fellows have pursued interests involving illegal child immigrants,
environmental racism, the social construction of disability, human rights reconciliation
efforts in South Africa, and post-conflict educational reform in Bosnia.
Limited number of Fellowships based on application process
Stipend to support program-related activities: research, internship, etc.
Course work: three courses, selected from a list. These courses may or may not be
in the major
Independent study (which may be the basis for Honors Research)
Appropriate internship (may be local, national, or international
MJ Soria is a freshman majoring in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing.
She is interested in prison advocacy and exoneration for people wrongfully convicted
of crimes. After researching the case of the “Central Park Five”, MJ became interested
in wrongful convictions and racism in the prison system. On campus, she is a staff
writer for the Argus, on the publishing board for Tributaries, Vice President of Philosophy
club, a Jennings Scholar, and a member of the Pride Club and APAC. When she graduates,
MJ hopes to go to grad school to study English and work with advocacy groups in prison
Fiona Doran - 2022 Peace Fellow
Fiona Doran is part of Illinois Wesleyan’s class of 2025, from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Her time in the magnet school system gave her fire for education and equity, encouraging
her to major in Elementary Education and Art. Fiona has devoted lots of personal time
to demanding that all people have safe places. She created a sexual assault prevention
organization at her high school as a sophomore. Presently, you can find Fiona working
in the IDEA center or in the art building. If you look closely at the poster boards
around campus, you can find some of her art; hidden away, soon to make someone smile.
In the future, Fiona hopes to help even more. As someone who benefited tremendously
from the kindness of others, Fiona hopes to give on the same compassion. To be the
friend you can lean on, the camp counselor you can confide in, the student-teacher
who understands you, and the art teacher who provides for you. By creating these mini
pockets of sanctuary, she believes the world will become a better place.