While St. Cloud State University is fortunate to provide Holocaust and Genocide Studies courses in ten university departments, the Center is constantly searching for interested faculty to train and develop new courses. A recent example of this is: The Sociology of Nazi Medicine. Training and development would also be allotted to train additional faculty to teach previously developed courses.
In part, these training programs are currently functioning, but the Center hopes to be able to expand these areas to include both a greater number of participants, and additional programs. The Center’s sponsorship pays a portion of the cost, and participants or school pay a percentage of the total cost.
Grant funds would allow us to sponsor university students, advanced high school students, area teachers, university faculty and administrators, community religious leaders and others, to go on a one day trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. These one day trips are offered 2 times per academic year and are executed by the Minneapolis Jewish Community Relations Council. Beyond the one day trips, are research and educational opportunities for enhanced learning and teaching on specific topics, offered by the USHMM.
In order to further the Holocaust education of area teachers (5-12), the Center would like to have the financial means to send dedicated teachers to study at Facing History and Ourselves at their national headquarters in Brookline, Massachusetts. (This program combines a study of the Holocaust with other examples of prejudice, discrimination, and contemporary anti-Semitism). FHAO’s focus is elementary and secondary education in all types of classrooms.
Faculty and advanced graduate students (administrators & advanced area teachers), would study at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies. This 3 1/2 week course in Jerusalem is academically based, lead by the world’s foremost scholars in Holocaust Studies, and is held at "A Monument and A Name" which houses the largest archives of Holocaust documents. Yad Vashem also has extensive research and educational centers, various museums and memorials.
Faculty can study with through the Chicago Holocaust Educational Foundation, or participate in Study Seminar abroad, at Holocaust sites.
"Studying the Holocaust has affected me in ways that I never expected. I don’t think I ever truly understood the significance of the Holocaust. Now I realize there is no way that the murder of six million people couldn’t concern me. It should concern every human being. I have come to realize the importance of facing the fact that anti-Semitism, along with all sorts of other prejudices, are alive today." -- (St. Cloud State University Student)