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Messages of ‘Mutual Respect and Trust’ Stressed at Annual Educators Conference Hosted by MCCC and Mercer Co. Holocaust-Genocide Center

6/9/17


Conference participants, from left, Steve Besserman, Dr. Joan Rivitz, Elizabeth DeGiorgio, Rabbi Adam Feldman, Dr. Vera Goodkin, Dr. Myra Weiner, Dr. Craig Coenen, Edie Serafine, Dr. Daniel Schermond, Dr. Alexandra Salas and Larry Glaser.

West Windsor, N.J. – The Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center (MCHGRC) and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education teamed up for the annual Educators Conference on June 8 at the Conference Center at Mercer County Community College (MCCC). More than 100 public and private school teachers and other educators gathered to learn approaches that emphasize tolerance and acceptance in an era when being an “upstander” against hate and intolerance is more important than ever.

Mutual respect and trust for each other and our religious beliefs are starting points, noted Rabbi Adam Feldman, of the Jewish Center of Princeton, who discussed religious intolerance. “But it’s important that we move beyond tolerance to acceptance,” he stressed. Other conference topics included LGBTQ Intolerance, anti-Semitism, bias, fake news and media literacy, bullying, prejudice and sex trafficking.

The full-day workshop began with opening remarks by Dr. Jianping Wang, MCCC president, and Larry Glaser, Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education. The program featured a heartfelt tribute to Dr. Paul Winkler, the former executive director of the Commission, who passed away last year. A plaque was presented in his memory by Dr. Goodkin and Dr. Diane Campbell, MCCC Executive Dean of Student Affairs.

Other participants included Dr. Alexandra Salas, MCCC Dean of Innovation, Online Education and Student Success; Dr. Daniel Schermond, MCCC Assistant Professor of Sociology; Dr. Joan Rivitz, New Jersey Civil Rights Commissioner; Elizabeth DeGiorgio, MCCC Associate Professor of Education, and Edie Serafine, who are co-directors of the MCHGRC; Steve Besserman, documentary filmmaker; and MCHGRC members Dr. Myra Weiner, Dr. Vera Goodkin and Dr. Craig Coenen, MCCC Professor of History.


Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center

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