The Kroc Institute’s Distinguished Alumni Award honors Notre Dame graduates in peace studies whose careers and lives exemplify the ideals of international peacebuilding. Each year the Distinguished Alumnus, who is selected by committee, travels to Notre Dame's campus to deliver a public lecture and meet with current peace studies students. 

2016

Karsonya Wise Whitehead, M.A. '93

Associate Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies; Loyola University Maryland

2015

Jian Yi, M.A. '98 

Independent filmmaker, cultural activist, founder of IFChina Studio.

2014

Vienna Colucci, M.A. '91, B.A. '90

Director of Policy for Amnesty International USA, overseeing human rights policy development, review, and guidance.

2013

Adriana Quiñones, M.A. '99

Strategic Planning and Coordination Specialist for Latin America and the Caribbean at UN Women, the United Nations entity that supports the empowerment.

2012

Molly Kinder, B.A. ’01

Director of Agriculture and Europe Policy for ONE, a nonpartisan advocacy organization that works to mitigate extreme poverty.

2011

Rosette Muzigo-Morrison, M.A. ’93

Legal Officer, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

2010

Irene Perurena, M.A. ’91

Executive Vice President, City of Knowledge, Panama City, Panama, connecting nongovernmental organizations that focus on humanitarian aid, human rights, conflict resolution and development.

2009

Xabier Agirre Aranburu, M.A. ’95

Senior Analyst, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Hague

2008

George Wachira, M.A. ’91

Founder, Concerned Citizens for Peace, Nairobi, Kenya

2007

Oana-Cristina Papa, M.A. ’96

Ambassador of Romania to Croatia

2006

Hannah Wu, M.A. ’89

Human Rights Specialist, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva

2005

Emil Bolongaita, M.A. ’88

Technical Director, Management Systems International, Australia