The WISE Awards

Mr. Gabriel Stauring

Position: Founder and Executive Director, iACT
Country: United States of America
Gabriel Stauring is the Founder and Executive Director of iACT. Previously, Stauring worked as an advocate and counselor for abused children and their families in the U.S. He graduated from California State University at Dominguez Hills, where he a majored in Behavioral Science. Stauring has been working in eastern Chad refugee camps since 2005, and to-date has visited 11 of the 12 Darfuri refugee camps over 22 trips to the region. “Interactive activism “missions began with capturing and amplifying the voices of refugees through daily blogs, videos, and actions posted by satellite from the remote refugee camps. While there, Stauring facilitated video conversations between the refugee community and UNHCR, United States Department of State, and several schools. Inspired by his trips, Stauring has spearheaded national campaigns such as the 100-Day Fast for Darfur; Darfur Freedom Summer Vigils; Darfur Fast for Life; Camp Darfur, an educational refugee-camp like exhibit that places Darfur in the historical context of past genocides; and the ethnographic art exhibit MY HOME: a Walk Through Children’s Memories of Darfur. The deep trust formed between Stauring and the Darfuri refugee community has led to the creation of each of iACT’s refugee-led projects. Stauring currently oversees the implementation of iACT’s education, sports, and human rights programs, including Little Ripples, Darfur United Soccer Academy, and the Right to Education Human Rights Library. iACT is also a co-founder of Act for Sudan, an alliance of 76 American and Sudanese organizations who advocate for peace, protection, and justice in Sudan, and a member of the Sudan-South Sudan Working Group led by Humanity United. For Darfur United and on behalf of iACT, Stauring accepted the 2013 Peace and Sport Nonprofit of the Year Award and the 2014 Beyond Sport’s Sport for Social Inclusion Award. He presented on Little Ripples and refugee early childhood education at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 2013, and will present at the Global Philanthropy Forum’s session on refugee education in late January 2016 and at the Global Summit on Childhood (presented by Association for Childhood Education International) in March 2016. Stauring is currently on the shortlist for the 2016 Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, and is featured in The Enough Moment by John Prendergast and Don Cheadle.