Submitted by Joanne Lau, Group 48 Coordinator
For two months this fall, I got to work with one of our founding members, Jane Kristof, her son, New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, and staff members of Amnesty International USA to establish the Ladis Kristof Memorial Fellowship in memory of Jane’s husband, also a founding member of Group 48, Ladis “Kris” Kristof.
This was started from Nicholas offering to make a generous donation to AIUSA. I held a few discussions at the monthly Group 48 meeting to gather ideas on what we could do to remember Kris. We came to a conclusion of setting up an annual award to honor a student activist. We thought that it would just be a small recognition for the winner and possibly an all-expense paid trip to the AIUSA Annual General Meeting. It snowballed into an eight-week fellowship, thanks to the creativity of Western Regional Director Rini Chakraborty and Field Organizer Sara Schmidt.