Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education
Our Changing Name and Mission
The Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education initially begun in 1998 to provide local educators and community members with resources in teaching the Holocaust in schools. The Center's mission was carefully aligned with Washington State's House Bill 2212, which states:
"Every public high school is
encouraged to include in its
curriculum, instruction on the events of the period in modern
world history known as the Holocaust, during which six million
Jews and millions of non-Jews were exterminated. The instruction
may also include other examples from both ancient and modern
history where subcultures or large human populations have been
eradicated by the acts of mankind. The studying of this material
is a reaffirmation of the commitment of free peoples never again
to permit such occurrences.... "
NWCHE to NWCHGEE
From NWCHE to NWCHGEE
Aware of the far-reaching impact the Holocaust had on history and the global community, the NWCHE was dedicated to providing resources that both promote the memory of those who perished and reaffirm the commitment to “never again permit such occurrences.” In its work to promote human rights, the Center had a unique opportunity to broaden its focus. In 2006, Graduate Assistants James Lehman and Joe Wooding were increasingly concerned with the genocide in Sudan. Additionally, Wooding and Lehman were inspired by Dr. Raphael Lemkin's campaign to have genocide and ethnocide recognized as crimes under international law. These efforts led to the adoption of the UN Convention on Genocide in 1948, which defines genocide as an act committed with the intent of harming an individual, or individuals, based on their racial, ethnic, national, or religious beliefs. This definition included: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent reproduction; and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. To reflect this, the mission of the NWCHE was revised to “assist educators in the design and implementation of Holocaust, genocide and ethnocide-related studies and is dedicated to remembering and learning from the past in order to promote the human rights of all people.” Thus, the NWCHE became the Northwest Center for Holocaust Education to the Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education (NWCHGEE).
From NWCHGEE to The Northwest SHÆRE
From NWCHGEE to The Northwest SHÆRE Center
With the enthusiastic support of Mrs. Noémi Ban, we are now taking on a second transition. For over a decade, survivors like Mrs. Ban have inspired us with their wisdom. The Center hopes to honor their memories and use their wisdom for decades to come. We believe this can be accomplished by educating and supporting others with adversity in their lives. In this transition, we will be adopting a new mission and title as the Northwest SHÆRE Center. Sharing is an integral part of our future mission to build a community of Survivorship, Healing, Advocacy and Empowerment, Resiliency, and Education.
With this transition, we will continue the work of Holocaust, genocide and ethnocide remembrance, however, we will also be expanding. As the Northwest SHÆRE Center, our mission is to continue promoting healing through sharing, as exemplified by Mrs. Ban. It is our intent to invite survivors of violence, suffering, and oppression to actively participate in the mission of our Center. Our mission focuses on the promotion of human rights; therefore, we are working to bring awareness to the numerous ways people are challenged, as well as the vastly inspirational ways people have survived adversity. The SHÆRE Center will also focus on education by emphasizing the habits that can sustain resiliency education. Our hope is that we can offer curricular supplements that further create and sustain healthy community, survivorship, and healing both inside and outside of the classroom.
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