Honorary Degree


John-PrendergastJohn Prendergast is a human rights activist and best-selling author who has worked for peace in Africa for more than 30 years. He is the founding director of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and other crimes against humanity.

During the Clinton Administration, Prendergast was involved in a number of peace processes in Africa while he was director of African Affairs at the National Security Council and special advisor at the Department of State. He also has worked for members of Congress, the United Nations, humanitarian aid agencies, human rights organizations and think tanks.

He has authored eight books on Africa, including Not on Our Watch, a bestseller that he co-authored with actor Don Cheadle.  He also serves as the executive director of the Not on Our Watch foundation, founded by Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt.

His op-eds have appeared in numerous national publications. He has appeared in the film, “The Good Lie,” starring Reese Witherspoon and on four episodes of “60 Minutes” as well as other television news shows.

Under the Enough Project umbrella, John co-founded, with Clooney, the Satellite Sentinel Project, which aims to prevent conflict and human rights abuses through satellite imagery. With Tracy McGrady and other NBA stars, John launched the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program to fund schools in Darfurian refugee camps. He conceived the Raise Hope for Congo Campaign, highlighting the issue of conflict minerals that fuel war there. And he also helped direct the Sudan Now campaign, which supported the holding of a peaceful referendum for South Sudan.