CHHRE Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary & Honors Educators

Mr. Arthur Gutterman and CHHRE Director Linda Medvin presenting the Gutterman Family Exemplary Holocaust Educator Awards, November 8, 2021


Tuesday, Nov 09, 2021
Image: Mr. Arthur Gutterman and CHHRE Director Linda Medvin presenting the Gutterman Family Exemplary Holocaust Educator Awards, November 8, 2021

The Arthur and Emalie Gutterman Family Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education (CHHRE) hosted its 11th annual Gutterman Family Exemplary Holocaust Educator Awards dinner on November 8 at the Renaissance Hotel in Boca Raton. The over 140 people in attendance recognized and celebrated the work of this year's award winners for their contributions in the field of Holocaust, genocide, and human rights education. This year's Gutterman Award winners are: Amanda Ladd of Park Vista Community High School, Susan Prieto of Eagles Landing Middle School, and Dr. Louise Ball, Broward County's Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor.
 
The awards dinner coincided with the 25th anniversary of CHHRE's founding here at FAU. The Center was established in 1994 (originally named FAU's Holocaust Education Project and later The Holocaust Outreach Center) to prepare school district professionals and support staff to implement Florida Statute 1003:42: "Required Instruction of the Holocaust," by providing professional learning opportunities. The Center provides direct services to K-12 educators in Southeastern Florida by teaching the history of the Holocaust to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference; to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to understand the consequences of prejudice and bigotry; to identify behaviors that discriminate against people; to know when and how to act on behalf of others whether we know them or not; and to become active citizens who are able to uphold the dignity of all people. 
 
The Center became a unit of PJHR in 2016. Originally housed in the College of Education, it moved to the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters in 2018. In 2020, the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education was renamed the Arthur and Emalie Gutterman Family Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, with a significant gift from the Gutterman Family. Current Director Linda Medvin took over leadership of the Center in 2015, following in the footsteps of Director Rosanna Gatens, who served as Director from 2003-2015.
 
Congratulations to CHHRE on their 25 years of work helping Florida educators teach about the Holocaust, genocide, and human rights! Congratulations, as well, to last night's award winners on their accomplishments and to Linda Medvin and her team for putting together such a wonderful event!
 
Click here for more information on the Center and its work.
©