Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project

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Who We Are

The MSU Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project of the College of Education and Human Services offers teaching resources and educational programs dedicated to eradicating racism and prejudice in order to create a healthier, better educated, and more just society.

This project brings together MSU’s outstanding faculty, renowned teacher education program, and the cutting edge technology of the ADP Center to offer antiracist teacher training and professional development.

Our goal is to connect the local history, politics, and culture of New Jersey to global human rights education including historical subjects like the Holocaust and contemporary instances of injustice based on race, religion, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity.

The Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project is a collaborative endeavor between Montclair State University and the NJ Commission on Holocaust Education

Dr. Zoë Burkholder is the Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project and an Associate Professor of Educational Foundations. She is an historian of education whose expertise includes antiracist education and civil rights history. Dr. Burkholder is the author of Color in the Classroom: How American Schools Taught Race, 1900-1954 (Oxford University Press, 2011) as well as numerous scholarly articles and commentaries published in Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Journal of Social History, History of Education Quarterly, and Education Week. She may be contacted at burkholderz@montclair.edu.

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Human Rights Education Internship

The Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project is pleased to announce an undergraduate student internship in human rights education. This is a competitive internship—all applicants must apply and be accepted into the internship, and accepted interns will register for a 3-credit course in the Department of Educational Foundations.

Interns will have the opportunity to work alongside human rights education professionals, conduct a research project on a topic of their choice, and develop and deliver a human rights education lesson in a local public school.

The 2017-2018 MSU Human Rights Education Internship is funded through a generous grant from the Axelrod Family Award.

Now accepting applications from MSU undergraduate students for Spring 2018.

Human Rights Education Interns will:

Select a human rights topic of his or her choice. For example: the Holocaust, black civil rights, Native American culture, women’s history, LGBTQ equality, anti-Semitism, human trafficking, Syrian refugees, Puerto Rican civil rights, Mexican American history, disability rights, environmental racism, healthcare equality, educational equality, movements for social justice, labor rights, Caribbean arts and culture, etc.….

  • Conduct academic research on this topic.
  • Create an original lesson plan for a secondary school audience.
  • Visit a local public school and teach the lesson plan.
  • Revise the lesson plan for publication.
  • Design and assemble a teaching kit to be presented to a local public school containing teaching materials like books and films related to each intern’s area of expertise (funding provided by the Axelrod Family Award).
  • Assist with professional antiracist educational programming, including attending special events such as conferences and films at MSU.
  • Get hands on experience designing and implementing human rights education.

To apply for the MSU Human Rights Education Internship: 

  • Email a formal letter of application explaining your interest in human rights education and detailing the specific topic you would like to study.
  • Email a unofficial copy of all college transcript/s.
  • Email or mail one letter of recommendation, preferably from a MSU professor.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis between now and November 10, 2017. Applying early is recommended.
  • Interns must enroll in EDFD 449 Current Issues in American Education in Spring 2018, a 3 credit course. 

For further information or to apply to the human rights education internship, please contact Dr. Zoë Burkholder, Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project, at burkholderz@montclair.edu  

Public School Outreach and Classroom Visits

MSU Human Rights Education Interns are available to present a lesson on human rights to a class or student group at a local public school.

Trained with MSU faculty in the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project, each intern will present a carefully crafted lesson on a human rights topic of his or her choice.

Host class should provide a warm welcome to interns and offer at least one 45 minute period to present a lesson either during or after school.

This is a great opportunity to host a college student who is passionate about human rights! School visits will be scheduled for November 2017.

For more information or to schedule a visit by a human rights education intern, please contact Dr. Zoë Burkholder, Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project at burkholderz@montclair.edu

Upcoming Programs and Events

Knowing Our K-12 LGBTQ Students, Families, and Staff: Practical Skills for Creating Welcoming Schools

  • Friday, October 13, 2017
  • 9:00am - 12:30pm
  • ADP Center, University Hall

Join us to learn how to create welcoming K-12 schools for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) students, families, and staff. This hands-on, professional development workshop teaches participants how to create more supportive K-12 schools for all.

This event is free and open to the public, but will require advance registration. Professional development hours available to teachers & student teachers.

Connecting the Past with Today: Studying the Plight of Jewish Refugees during the Holocaust

  • Friday, October 20, 2017
  • 8:30am-2:30pm
  • ADP Center, University Hall

Join us as the Anti-Defamation League pilots a teacher training workshop that connects the past with the present in exciting new ways. Open to MSU student teachers (undergraduate and graduate), MSU faculty, and local educators, this workshop will place contemporary refugee crises into historical perspective. Educators will gain access to the ADL’s phenomenal (free!) teaching resources including lesson plans, videos, maps, and websites.

This event is free and open to the public, but will require advance registration. Professional development hours available to teachers & student teachers.

Registration Link:https://goo.gl/o9z2vK

Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Resources for Educators

The MSU Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project is pleased to offer educational resources including books, films, and lesson plans. These materials are available in our ADP Center for Teacher Education and Learning Technology. The ADP Center is located on the ground floor of University Hall. Parking is available for a fee in the Red Hawk Deck on campus. 

Please check out our full list of antiracist books and films.

Please check out our full list of MSU Human Rights Lesson Plans, developed by our human rights education interns.