20th Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide is Focus During Genocide Awareness Month at Community Colleges (Updated 4/21/14)

April is Genocide Awareness Month and many community colleges around the U.S. plan activities and events to raise awareness of genocide and war crimes. This week is also the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide and that is the focus of activities at several colleges.

Because of the requirement of genocide education in New Jersey secondary schools, many community colleges in the state host events and sponsor centers that focus on human rights and genocide.  Centers exist at Bergen Community College, Brookdale Community College, Burlington County College, Camden County College, Cumberland County College, Ocean County College,  Raritan Valley Community College, and Salem County Community College.  New York’s Monroe Community College sponsors an ongoing project on Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights.

Events include:

  • Brookdale Community College’s Center for Holocaust, Human Rights, and Genocide Education will host an event on May 14, 2014 featuring Lt. General Romeo Dallaire examining the Rwandan Genocide.
  • Harrisburg Area Community College held an event on February 18, 2014 with Carl Wilkens, the only American to stay during the Rwandan tragedy, “Rwanda’s Gift for You: Learning Harmony 20 Years Out.”
  • Massachusetts’ Northern Essex Community Community College hosted an event on March 12, 2014.
  • Arizona’s GateWay Community College is holding events recognizing Genocide Awareness Week the week of April 7, 2014.

Scottsdale Community College in Arizona is holding its second Genocide Awareness Week beginning April 7 through April 12, 2014.   April 11 and 12 will feature a workshop “Examining Genocide and Violence Through A Peacebuilding Lens” organized by David J. Smith.

The U.S. Institute of Peace’s Global Peacebuilding Center has identified a number of resources that are useful in teaching about the Rwandan Genocide.  They are found here

Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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