Tenzin Pelkyi wins Sullivan Ballou Award
Tenzin Pelkyi, an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota majoring in Political Science, was recently honored with the Sullivan Ballou Award for her work on human rights in Tibet. Tenzin is an emerging leader in the human rights community and will be honored for her work on Friday, April 20th starting at 11:45am in 1210 Heller Hall.
Tenzin Pelkyi has worked tirelessly to advocate for human rights in her homeland of Tibet, while also striving to support the agency of Tibetan people throughout the diaspora, according to the nomination letter submitted on her behalf. She has used her energy and her voice to organize prayer vigils, march at protest rallies, and speak at demonstrations. Tenzin's leadership has been a vital boost to the work of the U of M chapter of Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) and to informing the University community about the situation in Tibet. She is currently working to bring Ngawant Sangdrol, the longest serving female Tibetan political prisoner, to the University to share her story. Another of Tenzin's efforts includes fostering peaceful dialogue between Tibetan and Chinese youth.
Tenzin's efforts go far beyond the local. She has been active in lobbying members of the U.S. Congress to support diplomatic action with regard to Tibet and she is currently helping to organize a Minnesota Tibet Lobby Day at the Minnesota State Capitol this session.