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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

2020 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 2020 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 this spring, EDFD 445 Human Rights Education on Mondays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.

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 local public school.

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

Applications accepted until November 10 on a rolling basis, apply early for the best chances of getting in.

Now accepting applications.

To apply for the MSU Human Rights Education Internship for Spring 2020, please use the button below. You will be asked to identify a human rights topic for study this spring, and the names of 1-2 MSU professors as potential references.

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Questions, 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.