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Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project

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, 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 professor of Educational Foundations. She is an historian of education whose expertise includes antiracist education, school desegregation, and civil rights history. Dr. Burkholder is the author of An African American Dilemma: A History of School Integration and Civil Rights in the North (Oxford University Press, 2021), Integrations: The Struggle for Racial Equality and Civic Renewal in Public Education(University of Chicago Press, 2021), and Color in the Classroom: How American Schools Taught Race, 1900-1954 (Oxford University Press, 2011) as well as numerous scholarly articles and commentaries. She may be contacted at burkholderz@montclair.edu.

Upcoming Programs and Events

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.

Human Rights Education Internship

Are you passionate about social justice? Ready to get professional experience in human rights education while earning college credit this spring?

Open to all MSU undergraduate students.

This is a competitive internship-all applicants must apply and be accepted into the internship, and accepted interns will register for a three-credit course in the spring, EDFD 445 Human Rights Education.

Interns will work alongside human rights education professionals, conduct a research project on a human rights topic of their choice, and develop and teach a lesson plan on that topic in a public high school as part of our program MSU Human Rights University for a Day.

Interns identify a human rights issue for this internship related to their personal interests and/or future career, such as: LGBTQ rights, Black Lives Matter, the Holocaust, Food justice, anti-Semitism, religious tolerance, clean water rights, child marriage, anti-Muslim bias, Native American environmental justice, food security, Black History, women’s reproductive healthcare, religious freedom, human trafficking, the Central American refugee crisis, and more.

You may select any human rights topic that interests you!

For a complete list of past topics, check out our Human Rights Lesson Plans.

Any questions, please contact Prof. Burkholder at burkholderz@montclair.edu

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Questions, please contact Dr. Zoë Burkholder, Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project, at burkholderz@montclair.edu

Decolonizing the Curriculum: Indigenous Perspectives on Teaching Native American History in New Jersey

  • May 4, 2022
  • 3:30 – 5:00 pm
  • Online & Free
  • Professional Development hours rewarded

This program coincides with the launch of a new minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies at MSU, as well as MSU’s new land acknowledgment. The workshop was created in collaboration with Dr. Lisa Brooks (Choctaw), an adjunct instructor at MSU and full-time administrator in the Patterson public schools, and Ms. Trinity Norwood (Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape) an indigenous educator and activist. Our goal is to help teachers (and future teachers) develop more nuanced, complex, and antiracist lessons on Native Americans. The program is designed specifically for educators in New Jersey and will focus on regional content.

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