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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 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 a 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.

Upcoming Programs and Events

2019 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?

Apply now to the Spring 2019 MSU Human Rights Education Internship, hosted by the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project.

Open to all MSU undergraduate students—all majors, even undecided!

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 Department of Educational Foundations.

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.

Interns identify a human rights issue to study for this internship related to their personal interests and/or future career. Past selections have included: Food justice, LGBTQ rights, Black Lives Matter, the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, religious tolerance, anti-Muslim prejudice, Native American environmental justice, women’s reproductive healthcare, religious freedom and more. For a complete list of past topics, check out our Human Rights Lesson Plans.

All interns will teach an engaging, hands-on lesson about their topic at the First Annual Human Rights University for a Day on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.! This free public program is designed for secondary students (middle and high school) who want to learn more about social justice issues from amazing college students like you!

Now accepting applications.

To apply for the MSU Human Rights Education Internship for Spring 2019:

  1. Email a formal letter of application explaining your interest in human rights education detailing the specific topic you would like to study to Dr. Zoë Burkholder, Director of the Holocaust, Education, and Human Rights Education Project: burkholderz@montclair.edu.
  2. Applications are accepted between now and November 10, 2018. Applying early is recommended as admission is granted on a rolling basis and space is limited.
  3. Accepted interns must enroll in EDFD 449 Current Issues in American Education in Spring 2019, a three credit course that will meet Mondays 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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. Programs vary each semester.

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 Spring 2019.

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.

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.