Donahue Institute Announces 2015 Scholar

Donahue Institute Announces 2015 Scholar

December 23, 2014

Lee Ann De Reus, PhD, associate professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State-Altoona and an advocate for human rights and women's rights in Africa, has been selected as the 2015 Distinguished Donahue Scholar by the Donahue Institute for Values and Public Life.

De Reus is also co-founder of Panzi Foundation USA and travels regularly to Panzi. Hospital in eastern DR Congo to conduct research, develop programs for rape survivors, and inform her advocacy work in the U.S. She will give the annual Donahue Scholar speech on October 6, 2015 at 2 pm in de Witt Hall.

De Reus is a 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellow and the recipient of numerous awards from Penn State University including the prestigious George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Spirit of Internationalization Award given in honor of her commitment to global service and outreach. She leads the Genocide Relief Project, a local community-based anti-genocide advocacy, education and aid organization and she is a featured activist in John Prendergast's book, The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa's Worst Human Rights Crimes. A guest blogger for Women Under Siege and speaker about the crisis in the DRC, her 2013 presentations include TEDxPSU, Daring to Make a Difference for Congo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua9WdHw1V_Q) and the Oslo Freedom Forum, A Different Kind of Warfare.