Our Goals

The institute has the following goals, that along with is mission, will guide its activities:

  • Provide our students with a global education rooted in the liberal arts that investigates the Holocaust, genocide, and crimes against humanity from various perspectives and academic disciplines
  • Address the state’s recommendation to teach the Holocaust in schools by giving future teachers this background
  • Promote the development of cohesive inter- and transdisciplinary courses with a strong commitment to innovative teaching and scholarly rigor
  • Broaden public awareness and knowledge of the Holocaust, genocide, and crimes against humanity by creating scholarly and educational programming

The distinguishing characteristics of the institute will include the following:

  • Establish and operate a university-wide academic institute for undergraduate students and faculty from a range of disciplines
  • Support and enhance curriculum development across disciplines and colleges, including an undergraduate minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and international study abroad opportunities
  • Support and enhance programming to receive and discuss multidisciplinary research as well as educational presentations and programs that will help students prepare to address the state’s recommendation to teach the Holocaust (RCW 28A.300.115) and the state’s mandate to teach tribal history, culture, and government (SB 5433)
  • Support curriculum development, teacher training, and educational programs commemorating Kristallnacht and Yom HaShoah for K-12 and higher education
  • Engage the greater Bellingham community and national/international partners