Past Dr. Aizik Wolf Fellows

The Pozen Center has held the annual competition for the Dr. Aizik Wolf Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Human Rights since 2007. Read more about prevoius winners below. 

2020: Michelle Yang

Chicago Torture Justice Memorials // Chicago, Illinois

Michelle graduated from the College in June 2020 with a double major in Anthropology and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. She was also a 2019 Human Rights Intern.

As the Wolf Fellow, Michelle worked with Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM), a campaign working to establish a public memorial for survivors of Chicago police torture. She works to secure support from the City of Chicago and private funders to establish the public memorial, builds community support for the memorial, organizes CTJM’s monthly meetings, and actively manages their communications, including social media.

2019: Emma Perez

Invisible Institute // Chicago, Illinois

Emma graduated from the College in June 2019, double majoring in Global Studies and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies.

As the Wolf Fellow, Emma worked at the Invisible Institute, a journalism production company on the South Side of Chicago. There she worked on FOIA investigations, the Youth/Police Project, the Police Torture Archive, and the Public Defenders Cop Accountability Project.

2018: Alex Ding

Siskel/Jacobs Productions // Chicago, Illinois

Alex graduated from the College in June 2018, double majoring in Anthropology and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. She was a 2016 Human Rights Intern with In These Times in Chicago.

As the Wolf Fellow, Alex worked at Siskel/Jacobs Productions in Chicago, where she worked on feature-length, “impact” documentaries—character- or issue-driven films with the potential to create positive change.

2017: Zach Taylor

Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) // Chicago, Illinois

Zach graduated from the College in June 2017, double majoring in Geographical Studies and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. He was a 2016 Human Rights Intern with the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago.

As the Wolf Fellow, Zach worked at the Council for American-Islamic Relations - Chicago (CAIR-Chicago). His role at CAIR-Chicago included supporting the Civil Rights Department and coordinating a research project on discrimination against Muslim and Middle Eastern applicants for immigration benefits on the basis of religion, ethnicity, and national origin. 

2016: Jeanne Lieberman

El Proceso de Comunidades Negras (PCN) // Bogota, Colombia

Jeanne graduated from the College in June 2016, double majoring in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and Laws, Letters, and Society. She was a 2015 Human Rights Intern in Lima, Peru, with LUNDU Centro de Estudios y Promocion Afro-Peruanos, and worked as an Internship Peer Leader during the 2015-16 academic year. 

During her fellowship year, Jeanne worked with El Proceso de Comunidades Negras (PCN) in Colombia. PCN coordinates a network of grassroots organizations that defend the human rights of Afro-Colombian communities in the face of the displacement, violence, and threats to their land rights as a result of the civil conflict. Jeanne supported PCN’s day-to-day work among Afro-Colombian activists to promote recognition of the rights of the Afro-Colombian population. Read her report, “Civic Strike and Ongoing Demands for Justice in Buenaventura, Colombia.” 

2015: David Kaner

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative // New Delhi, India

David Kaner, AB’14 was a 2013 Human Rights Intern at The Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. During his fellowship year, David worked with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in New Delhi, India. “CHRI is the only human rights organization devoted to working within the Commonwealth,” says Kaner. “My team, the Strategic Initiatives Programme, is responsible for international outreach and advocacy. We are currently focused on the declining relevance of the Commonwealth and the precipitous global contraction of civil society space.”

2014: Program On Hiatus

2013: Julia Sizek

Kumeyaay-Diegueno Land Conservancy (KDLC) and the Native American Land Conservancy (NALC) // California

In describing her projects for the year, Julia explained: “Working with the Kumeyaay-Diegueno Land Conservancy (KDLC) and the Native American Land Conservancy (NALC), I will return to the land conservation projects that I worked on last summer, focusing on creating an ethnobotanical garden and educational programs for Native American youth. During the course of the year, I plan to work at both organizations in order to help with their programming needs, spending approximately six months at each organization. Because the groups are sister organizations, there is considerable overlap in both their mission and their interests, and I will be able to easily transfer skills and knowledge from one organization to the other.”

2012: Lucy Little

Youth and Residential Services Division of Heartland Alliance // Chicago, Illinois

Lucy Little, AB’12 majored in Music. As the Wolf Fellow, she worked with the Heartland Alliance Youth and Residential Services Division in Chicago, Illinois. This division of Heartland Alliance works with homeless youth, youth in juvenile detention, and unaccompanied, undocumented immigrant youth who are undergoing family reunification services, and is dedicated to fostering “an atmosphere of family and security” as it attends “to the emotional, legal, medical, educational, and recreational needs of the children until they are able to move on to their next step.”

Lucy’s year with HA was two-fold. One aspect of the project was to develop and implement short-term creative arts programming that could be taught to staff and volunteers. The other part was spent leading group music/art/circus/theater workshops with the youth in these programs. The goal was that the creative arts programming would work across the recreational, educational, and clinical services that HA provides, and was particularly exciting given the recent evidence about how successful the arts can be as a tool in social service work.

2011: David Schmutzer

Northwestern University Law School Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC) // Chicago, Illinois

The 2011 Wolf Fellowship was awarded to David Schmutzer, AB’11, a Political Science major and Human Rights minor. David was a 2010 Human Rights Intern, working with Northwestern University Law School’s Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC), which is dedicated to identifying and rectifying wrongful convictions and other serious miscarriages of justice. The CWC was instrumental in the abolition of the death penalty in the state of Illinois. David’s fellowship year at the CWC was spent primarily working on a research project that examines the social factors that lead to the wrongful conviction of women.

2010: Hannah Birnbaum

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest // Chicago, Illinois

The 2010 Wolf Fellowship was awarded to Hannah Birnbaum, AB’10. Hannah majored in Sociology and was a 2009 Human Rights Intern, working for Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI). During her fellowship she returned to work with BPI, a public interest law and policy center that addresses issues of social justice and quality of life in the Chicago region. BPI uses legal and policy research, advocacy, organizing, litigation and collaboration with non-profit, business, community, and governmental organizations to accomplish its mission. Currently, BPI works in the program areas of affordable housing, public housing, public education, and political reform. Hannah’s year at BPI was spent helping to develop and implement holistic school improvement strategies in the Schools in Transformation Communities project’s target communities. Hannah’s work on the STC project not only involved traditional research, but also hands-on involvement in the communities selected through organizing, advocacy, and policy development.

2009: Julia Coburn

Centro de los Derechos del Migrante // Mexico 

The 2009 Wolf Fellowship was awarded to Julia Coburn, AB’09, a double major in Anthropology and Latin American Studies. Julia was a 2008 Human Rights Intern, working for Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (CDM), or the Center for Migrant Rights. She returned to work with CDM for her fellowship year, joining the first transnational workers’ rights law center based in Mexico to focus on U.S. workplace rights. Operating on the ground in Zacatecas, Mexico, CDM is an innovative non-profit organization dedicated to improving the working conditions of migrant workers in the United States. Julia worked primarily on CDM’s Justice in Recruitment Documentation project, where she researched sources of fraud and human rights violations committed against Mexican H2 guestworkers. She conducted community outreach, interviewed migrant workers, and drafted a report on guestworker recruitment in order to facilitate positive change in immigration reform policy.

2008: Rochelle Terman

Women Living Under Muslim Laws // London, England

The 2008 Wolf Fellowship was awarded to Rochelle Terman, AB’08. Rochelle majored in Political Science and was a 2007 Human Rights Intern, working with Women Living Under Muslim Laws. For her fellowship she returned to the organization, an international solidarity network that provides information, support, and a collective space for women whose lives are shaped, conditioned, or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam. Rochelle researched the Iranian women’s rights movement, wrote for publication, organized the Women’s Empowerment in Muslim Contexts research consortium, and served as a campaign team leader for the Global Campaign to Stop Stoning and Killing Women. Rochelle also conducted field research in Iran, interviewed key women’s rights activists, and presented her own research at various workshops.

2007: Gary Lee

Garment Worker Center // Los Angeles, California

The first Wolf Fellowship was awarded to Gary Lee, AB’07. A Sociology major, Gary was a 2006 Human Rights Intern and used his fellowship to work with the Garment Worker Center in Los Angeles, using spatially-oriented research methods (such as Geographic Information Systems, or "GIS") to inform and support worker organizing and empowerment projects.