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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

Upcoming Programs and Events

Voices on Contemporary Antisemitism: Unpacking Intersectionality

This panel is a response to the present need for interdisciplinary collaborations to address social injustices specifically. antisemitism. Recent events require us to reconsider the wavs we are in a relationship with one another, the ways in which we challenge social injustices, the ways we gather, and the ways we teach.

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The Meaning of The Seed

Please join us! Documentary screening followed by panel discussion with filmmaker and tribal leaders!

When: Wednesday March 22 11:30-1:00
Location: University Hall 1040

For further information please contact:
Chris Matthew at


Queering the Past: Teaching New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ History in K-12 Schools

Want to learn how to teach New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ history with an intersectional focus? 

Join Montclair State University, anti-bias educators at We Are History, and community activists with the Queer Newark Oral History Project for an exciting and interactive workshop on teaching New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ history in K-12 schools.

 This workshop will include an introduction to teaching New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ history, a discussion of best pedagogy and practice, and mock lessons for elementary and secondary classrooms. 

Learn how to explore the liberatory potential of centering local LGBTQ+ voices through oral histories in Newark, NJ!

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm


Free. Professional Development Hours Awarded

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Spotlight on Antisemitism: The Holocaust and Contemporary Connections.

How do we help students understand that antisemitism did not begin or end with the Holocaust? What do students need to know in order to recognize antisemitism today and to stand up to antisemitism and other forms of hate? This learning opportunity explores classroom materials to support effective teaching of contemporary antisemitism, its global reach, and its expression in the form of hate speech, violence, denial, and distortion of the Holocaust.

Friday, March 24 | 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

On Campus

Free. Professional Development Hours Awarded

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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

Build your resume and get hands-on experience teaching for social justice.

Gain professional experience in Human Rights Education.

This competitive internship is open to all Montclair State undergraduate students. Interns accepted into the program must register for a three-credit course: EDFD 445 Human Rights Education, Monday and Thursday, 12:45-2:00 pm, Spring 2024.

Applications open Fall 2024.

Select a human rights topic, research it, then teach it at a local high school: Black Civil Rights, Dreamers & DACA, Environmental Justice, Anti-Semitism, Women’s Rights, Native American History, Refugee Crisis, AAPI History, LGBTQ+ Rights, Reproductive Rights, Food Insecurity, Religious Freedom, Freedom of the Press, Create your own!

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

Any questions, please contact Prof. Burkholder at

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