May 25, 2009
George Kun '01, Rule of Law operations manager with the Iraq Justice Reform Project, has been named the Luther College Young Alumni Award recipient for 2009.
The Young Alumni Award recognizes Luther alumni who have graduated in the past 10 years and who have rendered notable service to their profession and society in their vocation or avocation.
Young Alumni Award recipients have demonstrated significant professional achievement, leadership abilities and distinctive service to Luther or society. Their record of commitment, leadership, character and ethic exemplify the college mission.
The award was presented to Kun at the college's Commencement ceremony Sunday, May 24.
A 2001 graduate of Luther College, Kun first came to the United States in 1997 from his native country of Liberia. He studied in Luther College's Nottingham program and went on to earn the master of arts degree from American University School of International Service.
Kun also holds the bachelor of arts degree in law from Cambridge University and the master of laws degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Kun is widely recognized for his role in advocating for refugees around the world and has appeared as an expert spokesperson on media outlets including FOX News Channel, British Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and National Public Radio.
Kun has received several honors and awards for his work. He was named a Leopold Schepp Scholar by American University School of International Service, a McCall-Pierpaolli Fellow by Refugees International, and received the Oversea Scholarship from Cambridge University and the Achievement Award from Vanderbilt University Law School.
He is affiliated with the Global Majority organization, serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Dialogue and the international advisory board. He has also been a working member of Amnesty International.
Kun has written articles for publications including the New Democrat Newspaper, Liberian Daily Observer Newspaper, Relief Web, and Refugees International.