McKinley Students and Staff visit U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
April 10, 2017
On Wednesday, April 4 a group of
students and staff from McKinley Area Learning Center visited the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. The McKinley participants
joined students and staff from St. Cloud State University as well as several
community members from the St. Cloud area on the one day trip. The group
was led by Dr. Dan Wildeson, Director of the SCSU Center for Holocaust and
Genocide Education (CHGE), and professor of communication studies. The trip was funded by a grant secured by Dr.
Wildeson and funding from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota
and the Dakotas (JCRC) and Tolerance Minnesota.
Leading up the trip, students
participated in a course on Holocaust studies and will continue to deepen their
understanding of the event by writing and reflecting upon their
experiences. Margo Kanthak, a graduate student in the SCSU English
department and long-time colleague at CHGE, is facilitating class discussions
and assisting students with pre- and post-trip responses.
While in Washington D.C., students
and staff were also able to go on a self-guided tour of the city, which
included stops at the White House, Washington Monument, World War II Memorial
and the Lincoln Memorial. It was truly a
day of deep, meaningful learning for all involved. View the slideshow.