The OCC Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education

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It’s Official! The Center Has a New Name!

At its June 2016 meeting, the Ocean County College Board of Trustees approved a name change for our Center for Peace, Genocide, and Holocaust Studies. We will now be known as The Ocean County College Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education.  The new name reflects our expanded mission to not only foster student and community understanding of the causes and legacy of the Holocaust and other genocides such as the Armenian genocide, but to create an acute awareness of contemporary human rights abuses locally, nationally, and globally through lectures, exhibits, and events.

The OCC Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education is now officially located in the second floor Tower Room of the Library. We are a work in progress and are busy planning exciting programs for the college and community. We will keep you posted on specific details and additional events so check our website often. Please stop by to visit the Center and view our posters, artwork depicting life in Eastern Europe, and our collection of reference books.

If you have any questions or suggestions for future programs and presenters, please contact:

Dr. Ali Botein-Furrevig, Associate Professor of English, and Director of the Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education
Location: Library Building (#3), 2nd Floor Tower Room
Phone: 732.255.0400, Ext. 2368

Our Mission Statement

The core mission of the Ocean County College Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education at Ocean County College is to serve the college and community by offering innovative educational programs and events which foster awareness of the Holocaust, genocides, and other crimes against humanity, and which advance ongoing dialogue about the pernicious consequences of bigotry, ethnic hatred, indifference, and intolerance. To this end, the Center will:

  • Regularly invite distinguished speakers to discuss topics regarding the Holocaust, genocides, and human rights.
  • Encourage student involvement in the work of the Center and in the pursuit of further study on issues pertinent to genocides and human rights, including an understanding of the various systemic stages of genocide and recognition of the signs and symptoms of prejudice and intolerance.
  • Introduce to the community, timely and frequent discussion of local, national, and global issues relevant to the mission of the Center.
  • Cultivate a campus climate that encourages reflection upon moral and ethical questions, so that students can become engaged and informed citizens committed to mutual respect and justice.
  • Maintain a program of outreach to local schools to engage students in the Center’s programs and to be a resource center for further study in holocaust and genocide studies, as well as cultural diversity.
  • Sponsor Yom haShoah, a week of Holocaust Remembrance events, including: personal testimonies and experiences of survivors; scholarly historical presentations; workshops; memorial prayer services; film, art, and music programs relative to the Holocaust.