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2012 Recipient

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The Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies awarded the 2012 Harrop and Ruth Freeman Prize to Cornell senior Chris “Kit” Dobyns

Dobyns was a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences/Africana Studies.  He is committed to promote peace through social entrepreneurship.  He was a Meinig Family National Scholar and a Public Service Scholar, received a 2012 Morris K. Udall Scholarship, and was a member of the Quill and Dagger Senior Honor Society at Cornell.

The Reppy Institute awarded him a summer 2011 Freeman Fellowship for an internship in South Africa to work with people with disabilities. While at Cornell he served as executive director of the Social Business Consulting Group that provides consulting services to social ventures globally. He was also the founder and president of Conflict-Free Cornell and spearheaded a successful campaign to insure that Cornell divested from companies using conflict minerals. He was a youth delegate to the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. Additionally, he was involved with the Christian community at Cornell and was a volunteer firefighter with the Cayuga Heights Fire Department.

After graduation he planned to work with a social business in East Africa and to promote peace through social entrepreneurship. The Harrop and Ruth Freeman Prize in Peace Studies is awarded annually to Cornell University graduating seniors to encourage them to pursue work or study in fields related to peace studies and conflict resolution. Kit Dobyns exemplifies precisely the kind of student the Freemans hoped to recognize and honor through the establishment of the endowment and prize. 

See an interview with Kit Dobyns after becoming a Rhodes Scholar.