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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

Teaching the Black Freedom Struggle in the Black Lives Matter Era

  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021
  • 3:30 – 5:00 pm (Online)

This K-12 professional development program helps educators and student teachers craft powerful anti-racist lessons on the history of the Black freedom struggle. Join Montclair State professors and educators from the New-York Historical Society for an engaging workshop that will include hands-on activities with primary historical texts relating to women in the Black civil rights movement. Our goal is to help teachers contextualize the Black Lives Matter movement in the long civil rights movement.

This program is free and entirely online. Advance registration is required and space is limited.

Professional development hours will be awarded.

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Black Freedom Struggle Flyer

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.

2022 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 2022 MSU Human Rights Education Internship, hosted by the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project.

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.

Applications accepted NOW until the start of the spring semester on a rolling basis.

To apply for the MSU Human Rights Education Internship for Spring 2022, please use the button below to complete a short application. 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

Spotlight on Contemporary Antisemitism

  • Friday, November 12, 2021
  • On Campus at MSU – participants must be vaccinated and masked
  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This program is FREE and open to all K-12 educators, MSU students, faculty and staff who would like to become more effective anti-racist educators. It is designed to help teachers to teach effective lessons on the Holocaust and antisemitism, you’ll get guided, hands-on lessons and access to terrific teaching materials like video clips, maps, and photographs to use with your students.

Echoes & Reflections Workshop: Spotlight on Contemporary Antisemitism

Increase students’ awareness that antisemitism did not end after the Holocaust and provide them with opportunities to understand connections between the persistence of antisemitism in its contemporary forms and this historical event. Educators will also examine ways to help students explore the responsibility of all members of society to respond to and prevent antisemitism and all forms of hate.

Professional Development hours awarded to all participants.

Space is limited and will fill up!

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Human Rights Internship Spring 2022 Flyer