An internationally recognized authority on human rights
abuses, Alison Des Forges tirelessly advocated on behalf of
citizens of Central Africa as a senior advisor to the Africa
Division of Human Rights Watch.
The Alison L. Des Forges Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Fund—created in memory of the historian and human rights
activist who died in the crash of Continental Flight 3407 near
Buffalo in 2009—will support Buffalo Public Schools graduates
who are committed to studying human rights and social justice.
UB faculty member Roger Des Forges, PhD, a professor of history,
said that the scholarship grew out of a desire to pay tribute to
the causes his late wife held dear.
“We want to keep her memory alive and advance the causes
she devoted her life to: one of those was improving K-12 public
education in Buffalo; another was protecting human rights in
central Africa,” he said. Her landmark book, “Leave
None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda,” awakened the
world to the horrors of the 1994 killings in that nation.
The scholarship is open to Buffalo Public School graduates who
enroll at UB in any major. A. Scott Weber, vice provost and
dean of undergraduate education, said that UB is proud to have
created this opportunity for future students.
“To know that each year a student from the Buffalo Public
Schools will be helped for the next four years as they pursue the
same goals that Alison Des Forges worked for with such tenacity
will be a lasting tribute,” Weber said.