“I am honored to have the institute bear my name. However, it is important to remember that our seminal work here at Western was possible only with the guidance of Holocaust survivors Noémi Ban, Fred Fragner, and Magda Dorman. It was their courage, their willingness to bear witness to unfathomable events, their dedication to the pursuit of painful truths that inspired and inspires faculty and students alike. I trust that our institute will continue to grow the knowledge, compassion and willingness to use the lessons of the past to advocate for the human rights of all people.” — Ray Wolpow
The Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at Western Washington University was established in the summer of 2016. It is named after Western Professor Ray Wolpow, faculty emeritus at WWU’s Woodring College of Education and founder of the Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Ethnocide Education (NWCHGEE). Dr. Ray Wolpow received his M.A. from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. At Western, he taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in Secondary Education until his retirement in 2014. His interests lie in literacy and study skills education, trauma-sensitive learning and teaching, compassionate methods to increase the resiliency of at-risk students and Holocaust education. Until 2014, he served as Director of the Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Ethnocide Education, which he founded in 1998.