The October 8 event, sponsored by RVCC’s Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, was the kick-off for the Student and Survivor Engagement Project. Peppy Margolis, RVCC’s Director of Cultural Outreach, is organizing the project which is designed to enable students to develop an ongoing relationship with survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides. The goal is to educate participants so that they will become student ambassadors, capable of relating the experiences of survivors and disputing Holocaust and genocide deniers.
Students at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School (SCVTHS) are participating in a new program that enables them to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides from those who experienced the atrocities. Students in SCVTHS history classes taught by Gladys Pokrywa, Anna Murphy and Kristen McNerney met with survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides at a brunch held at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in Branchburg.
Professor Kathleen Pravin and her students from RVCC also participated in the brunch that initiated the Student and Survivor Engagement Project.
The Student and Survivor Engagement Project is endorsed by the State of New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. Its purpose is to bring together students for a meaningful dialogue and experience with survivors of the Holocaust and acts of genocide. The project aligns with the mission of RVCC’s Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.