EIHR Welcomes New Board Members

We are happy to announce that the EIHR team is growing!  Not only have we raised our profile on social media, with more than 1700 likes on Facebook, more than 350 followers on Twitter, and a new Instagram account, we have just added to our core team.

The Board of Directors welcomes the addition of two new members, both of whom bring excellent experience and drive to the table.  We are excited and thankful to have them working with us!

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NICOLA WETHERALL

Following her doctoral studies concerning the Holocaust and Jewish Identity, Nicola completed her PGCE at the University of Southampton. For the past 10 years she has taught in state secondary schools as an RE/Philosophy and Ethics teacher. At Royal Wootton Bassett Academy (RWBA), Wiltshire,  United Kingdom, she has utilized her extensive academic experience and established a unique whole school, holistic program of Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education (HGP) that has proven hugely successful, gaining national and international recognition.

The program hosts events and conference and advocates innovative teaching and learning in this area whilst providing opportunities for students to engage with survivors and respected experts in the field of Holocaust Studies and genocide prevention; Nic's commitment to this program and her Lead Practitioner role was key to the Academy becoming a UCL IOE Centre for Holocaust Education (CfHE) ‘Beacon School’ championing and developing RWBA's status and its now 57 associated network schools. In 2013 she joined the UCL IOE’s CfHE teaching team as its Schools Network Coordinator – but was not prepared to leave RWBA and the classroom – and thus joined on a part-time basis so as to remain and continue to teach and inspire the next generation of humanitarians and social activists.

Remaining on staff at RWBA means Nic is able to combine her academic background in Holocaust and Genocide studies and current 'at the chalk-face' experience; a relationship that supports both the school and centre. Her 'on the ground' understanding of current educational challenges and opportunities means she is best placed in her IOE role to liaise with strategic partners, teachers and senior leaders - able to both theorize and know what practically works in a demanding school environment. Her part time post as Schools Network Coordinator has meant she leads the outreach to Teaching Schools and other educational networks and partnerships, looking to raise awareness of the CPD and innovative ways in which the CfHE can support and engage with colleagues embarking upon teaching this most important, challenging and complex history in our classrooms. As the impetus for the programme and the genesis and co-chair of the #EYP2CtW conferences Nic is proud to become an EIHR Board member and is delighted to be joining a team of such passionate, informed and empowered individuals dedicated to making a difference.

 
 

KELLEY SZANY

Kelley joined the Museum’s staff in 2001 and oversees all of the Museum’s education and public programming initiatives.

During her tenure Kelley has been instrumental in the development of the Museum’s broader genocide and human rights mission and vision. She has become recognized as a leading contemporary genocide educator, speaking to audiences not only on the Holocaust but the genocides of Armenia, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur, as well as the power of social change and youth activism.

In 2011, she served as Co-Project Director on the Make A Difference! The Harvey L. Miller Family Youth Exhibition enhancement project at IHMEC, developing the conceptual framework for three new interactive exhibits for the Museum based on the lessons of character education and social justice. In 2012, she created the Museum’s education framework, “On Our Watch: Genocide and Human Rights” which uses literature, film and primary resource materials to teach about 20th and 21st century genocide and human rights crimes.

Kelley currently sits on the advisory board of The Unsilence Project, a real-time and internet based program that delivers story-driven learning experiences that inspire young people to ask critical questions about marginalized narratives of atrocity and to develop individual and collective responsibility for human rights at home and around the world. She is a recipient of the Friend of the Jewish Community Award from the Jewish Federation of Northwest Indiana, and the Samuel Goldsmith Award from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. Kelley was recently awarded with the 2014 Carl Wilkens Fellowship, a year long program where she will focus on expanding the visibility and impact of genocide awareness in Illinois, with a specific focus of bringing programming to underserved communities in Chicago, and fostering partnerships to create a larger network of anti-genocide advocates across the region.