University of Wisconsin Oshkosh professor emeritus Ann Frisch has been named one of six Rotary People of Action: Champions of Peace for her efforts to protect people in violent conflict.
The former education and human services faculty member will present her work Saturday, Nov. 11, at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, to an audience of UN officials, philanthropists and Rotary members at the organizations annual Rotary Day at the UN.
Frisch, a member of the Rotary Club of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, collaborated with Rotary clubs in Thailand to conduct civilian-to-civilian protection training as part of the Southern Thailand Peace Process. The group brought together electrical and irrigation authorities, Red Cross staff, a Buddhist monk and a Catholic nun to the region to the border region to train civilians to build so-called safe zones. In these areas, families, teachers and local officials do not have to confront military forces every day.
Frisch, a UN delegate to Geneva, co-wrote the first manual on unarmed civilian protection, which was endorsed by the UN. Her training in a civilian-based peace process is administered by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.