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During the 2014-2015 academic year, CHRGS coordinated or participated in a number of activities following its plan of organizing programming as either related to a visiting scholar or fellow; as a pre-planned performance, exhibit, talk, or panel, which we call an event; or as an immediate response to a topic of global importance needing further discussion on campus. Programming in 2014-2015 included a Model United Nations Conference at UND (event), a series of presentations by visiting fellows Dr. Schorn, Ms. Hlatywayo, and Mr. Dordevic (fellows), panel discussions on the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the events in Ferguson, MO (responses), a teacher training related to holocaust education (event), , and a needs assessment workshop on the problem of human trafficking in the Grand Forks area (event).
Model United Nations Conference
CHRGS along with the College of Business and Public Administration, the Department of English, and the Department of Political Science launched the first annual UND Model United Nations Conference. This event was attended by 50 students drawing from the University of North Dakota, the University of Manitoba, and North Dakota State University. The Conference was organized around three simultaneous versions of a “crisis” dealing with the fall of the government in Ukraine to Maidan square protesters.
The conference lasted six hours, not including a lunch and a post-event social. Feedback on the conference was very positive with calls for a larger event spanning multiple days. In October 2015 a second conference will be held, to be administered as a regional Model Arab League conference. The target attendance is 80 participants from 6-8 area schools.
Holocaust Education Workshop
March 10, 2015
CHRGS along with the Jewish Community Relations Council of North Dakota and Minnesota, Tolerance Minnesota, and the UND Office of Extended Learning presented “Echoes and Reflections: Leaders in Holocaust Education,” a day-long teacher training workshop aimed at regional K-12 teachers, especially educators of history and social studies. CHRGS and its collaborators covered costs for tuition, lunch, and coffee breaks, insuring that teacher attendees would only have to cover the cost of transportation. Twelve teachers from across the state attended the workshop, which was primarily presented by Laura Zelle, Director of the Holocaust and Tolerance Center of Minnesota and Stephanie McMahon - Kaye, of The International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem. The seminar consisted of four lessons: The Pedagogy of Teaching the Holocaust, The Ghettos, The Final Solution, Rescuers and non-Jewish Resistance, and IWitness and the Echoes and Reflections website- resources. Zelle administered evaluations and reported that the teacher-educator students responded with appreciation for the opportunity.
Grand Forks Area Human Trafficking Needs Assessment Workshop
CHRGS in conjunction with Christus Rex and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration coordinated a workshop to provide a focused picture of human trafficking as an area problem and to understand the resources in place or missing in terms of the three dimensions of anti-human trafficking efforts: prevention, protection, and prosecution.
This workshop involved a conversation among individuals working at state level advocacy and academics from UND. Local perspectives were provided by area social service providers from CVIC, Northlands Rescue Mission, the Grand Forks Police Department, and local elected officials. A brief report on the workshop’s findings will be available in mid-June, but in short, this unique opportunity was the first for these professional all working on human trafficking from interrelated but separate angles to share their work and discuss their shared challenges.