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
Adna Mujović is a sophomore International Studies (Development) & German double major.
As a Bosnian Muslim, cross-cultural & interfaith engagement has been inevitably present
in everyday life from a very young age. Her background also exposed her to the struggle
of awareness and activism; her early exposure to the horrors of the war and genocide
in Bosnia guided her interest into post-conflict reconciliation (on a socioeconomic
scale), as well as post-conflict education reform. This struggle shifted into passion,
guiding her campus involvement with the Interfaith team, Muslim Student's Association,
and the Peace Fellows. In the summer of 2018, Adna volunteered with AIESEC in Albania
to teach English for six weeks and reaffirmed her belief that there is no better way
to witness a country's transitional process than to immerse one's self in it. Additionally,
returning to the campus context, you can find Adna enjoying her commitment to Unlicensed
Syncopation - the vocal jazz group - and surrounding herself by the music-loving ladies
of music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. Should you need help, Adna spends a good amount
of time burrowing herself in anyone else's essays but her own as a tutor at the Writing
The challenge in activism is recognizing that movements, revolutions, must start with
humble beginnings that stem from a conglomerate endeavor to take that unfrequented
first step from discussion to action.
Maeve Plunkett '21, a 2017-2021 Peace Fellow, is double majoring in International Studies and German. Her concentration is in
development with an emphasis on human rights. She is interested in post conflict reconciliation
and exploring what societies do to bring disparate factions of society (victims, perpetrators,
bystanders and rescuers alike) together to move forward. She has been involved with
the organization, Hands of Peace, an interfaith dialogue organization working to empower
peacemakers in the Middle East by bringing Israeli, Palestinian and American teenagers
together for dialogue and team building in a 3 week annual summer program. She's continuing
her passion for interfaith interactions as a member of IWU Interfaith. She's also
an active member of FEM, Peace Garden, Sierra Student Coalition and German Club.
Josie Blumberg '19, a 2018-2019 Peace Fellow, is a Junior majoring in International Studies with a concentration on Diplomatic
Studies and an emphasis on Peace and Security. Her interest lies in Conflict Resolution
and Peacebuilding and understanding the issues and actors involved within these fields.
She has conducted and presented research at conferences about what cultural factors
assist or limit societies as they attempt to rebuild personal relationship between
members of the society after periods of mass violence and form narratives. In addition,
she has presented research that sought to understand the structures and actors in
place that support or constrain the capacity of networks of local civil society organizations
to make an impact in the field of peacebuilding at the national and international
Her interest in understanding the different forms of peacebuilding has led her to
work within the nonprofit sector with organizations that supported exchange programs
between countries. She worked with an organization in Hiroshima, Japan called the
World Friendship Center that focused on creating dialogues of peace and international
peace exchange programs between Chinese, Korean, and Japanese students, as well as
between the World Friendship center and schools within the United States. She also
interned for a nonprofit in DC as an interviewer for their fellowship program. The
Atlas Corp fellowship program promotes social change by building the capacity of nonprofit
and for-profit organizations around the US and developing global leaders by bringing
top global social change leaders from 88 different countries to the US. These fellows
were engaged on issues addressing conflict and peacebuilding in order to share perspectives
and create a global network.
She funneled her passion for promoting understanding of the work being done globally
within the peacebuilding sector, by engaging on campus with student and faculty. She
is planning a Peace Panel on the International Day for Peace, which will bring individuals
from Asia, the Middle East and North Africa to IWU, in order to engage students and
faculty across departments in discussions about peace and conflict resolution around
the world. As a peace fellow, she re-established an RSO on campus that engages with
faculty and staff on a regular basis on the issues of peace, conflict resolution,
and social justice. She is also working on forming partnerships and creating internship
opportunities with organizations in the US focused specifically on building peace
through addressing issues facing communities.
When she graduates, she hopes to work with international organizations or nonprofits
within the US to help to build capacity and monitor and evaluate programs that support
local civil society organizations abroad on issues preventing peace within societies.
She also plans on working with cultural exchange or youth programs that encourage
dialogue and the formation of relationships between people in order to change negative
perspectives and prevent further conflict.
Megan Zsorey '19, a 2016-2019 Peace Fellow, is double majoring in Political Science and International Studies. Her interests
consist of issues of international development, environmental justice, and social
policy. She is interested in potentially combining environmental law in both domestic
and international contexts. On campus, she is a Writing Center tutor and student catering
manager for Sodexo, as well as a member of several honor societies, including Alpha
Lambda Delta, Pi Sigma Alpha, and the National Society of Leadership and Success.
She serves as vice president and treasurer of Amnesty International and student education
director and president of Model United Nations. In summer 2017, she traveled to Thailand
as a Freeman Asia intern to work for an international NGO concerned with environmental
justice. Her professional goals include either graduate or law school and work in
the public sector on public policy issues or environmental law.