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MDC to Educate Community about Genocide with New Class and Community Outreach Program

Miami, August 31, 2010 - A Miami Dade College (MDC) professor hopes that by educating both children and adults about the Holocaust and other genocide events throughout history, the lesson will make the community a better place to live and help create responsible global citizens. 

Since 2005, Randall Kaufman, department chair of Arts and Sciences at MDC’s Homestead Campus, has successfully led a community outreach program to increase awareness on the topic of genocide.

To date, nearly 4,000 individuals have participated, including MDC students, faculty and staff; local college and public school students, as well as members of the community. He says the efforts to educate and bring awareness about significant historical events needed to go beyond the academic environment before being introduced into classrooms this fall. 

”This program supports the efforts of our K-12 colleagues who maintain Florida’s mandate to teach the Holocaust to all students,” said Kaufman.

“We want our initiative to bring an awareness that the injustice and horrors of the past have not gone away. In keeping with the College’s mission to produce responsible citizens, we hope that our initiative instills upon all the power one has as a truly ethical human being.” 

Kaufman’s efforts have paid off indeed. Beginning this fall, a series of three new credit courses will be offered at MDC’s Homestead and Kendall Campuses, as well as at the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial (sponsored by the Wolfson Campus), for $285 each.

The credit courses will count toward a student’s general elective requirements and include: History of the Holocaust (EUH 2032); Literature of the Holocaust and Genocide (LIT2123); and History of Genocide (WHO 2003).  

Now that the program he created and cultivated for five years has become part of the academic curriculum, Kaufman refuses to rest on his laurels. He wants to expand his initiative to reach more audiences and plans to recruit allies for his growing program.

“We hope to build our initiative into a nationally recognized program of courses and activities for students and community programs along with a program for secondary school teacher education, he added.” 

Kaufman emphasizes this is an important program that reaches way beyond classroom and community seminars nor does it dwell on the historical aspects because genocide is still happening.

“As one who was raised on the philosophy to never forget, I now hope that our efforts can help with genocide awareness and prevention because today we need to say ‘no more,’” said Kaufman. “We ask anyone in the community who knows of survivors and rescuers of from any genocide to let us know so that we may invite these individuals to be a part of our program.” 

For more information about MDC’s Holocaust and Genocide Education Initiative or to recommend survivors and rescuers of genocide, contact Randall Kaufman at 305-237-5267 or e-mail randall.kaufman@mdc.edu.

 

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