The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights, Home of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, grew out of a 1995 effort by a group of concerned individuals and civic/ business leaders to offset the negative image of Idaho as a place of intolerance and hatred. Over the past 20 years, the Center has become a respected nonpolitical institution whose primary mission is to promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education, and to foster individual responsibility to work for justice and peace.
To achieve this mission, we provide educational programming and content for teachers and students – both in the classroom and on-line. Also, over 10,000 people are educated through docent-led tours of the Memorial each year. Finally, we provide support for companies and municipalities looking to establish or refine their own human rights initiatives.
Moving forward, we expect to become the primary source whenever recovery from a human rights crisis can be eased by our programming. To meet this goal, we need to deliver timely, impactful content that elicits meaningful dialogue. Success will require technical and content development expertise that delivers best in class programming one-to-many as well as one-on-one. Our goal over the next 3 to 5 years is to become a leading institution for human rights education across the state of Idaho and beyond.
Human Dignity Project
A blended learning opportunity that includes online and onsite training, the goal of the Human Dignity Project is to move from that which inspires to the full realization of human rights for all people.
As the home and builder of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is often reminded of Robert F. Kennedy’s words that are etched into the stone, “Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, they send forth a tiny ripple of hope … These ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
That is the very core of the Human Dignity Project – recognizing the needs of the others in our community – and standing-up and stepping-in to confront injustice. Injustice often begins with language – words that are used to target or diminish the other in our community. When our speech pits us versus them, when our words become weapons used to diminish another’s life experience and dignity, doing or saying nothing sends a message that injustice is acceptable. It isn’t. The Human Dignity Project challenges each of us – in the classroom, in the community, and in the company, to be an upstander.
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Wassmuth Center e-Classroom
The Wassmuth Center e-Classroom is a storehouse of online modules, courses, and resource materials designed to reinforce and showcase the Center’s mission “to promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education and to foster individual responsibility to work for justice and peace.” The e-Classroom is comprised of the following three categories:
- Open Classroom – free public access to Center resources available through the Guest Login
- K-12 Classroom – programming and resources designed to support K-12 teaching and learning; access requires registration
- Community Classroom – programming and resources designed to support professional and staff development; access requires payment and registration.
- A portable exhibit of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial featuring: select images and quotes from the Memorial; QR code links for additional audio and video information from the Memorial; and Center “Be an Upstander” and “Spiral of Injustice” messaging. The exhibit is comprised of four 24″ x 24″ x 80″ free-standing columns with 16 panels of display. To inquire how to bring the portable exhibit to an Idaho school or community center near you, email email@example.com.
- A comprehensive K-12 “Scope & Sequence” human rights curriculum correlated to the Idaho State Department of Education’s common core standards is the only one of its kind in the nation with classroom lessons for social studies, language arts, and visual arts. Individual copies can be ordered for $15 each by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
- A Safe Spaces Kit, developed in collaboration with the Idaho Safe Schools Coalition, designed to foster safe spaces in Idaho’s schools where every child can learn and every teacher can teach free from discrimination. Individual copies can be requested by contacting email@example.com
- A set of five 20″ x 30″ posters designed to bring the “Be an Upstander” and “Spiral of Injustice” message into classrooms and companies. Individual sets can be ordered for $20 each by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
K-12 Education Programming
- An annual statewide human rights art contest for K-12 students; each year’s contest theme draws upon an aspect of the Center’s programming and/or the message of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial.
- A “Holocaust Remembrance Poetry or Essay Contest” for Grades 6-12 designed to draw upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust to safeguard the promotion and protection of human rights today.
- An eight lesson online Human Rights Leadership Program for Idaho students in grades 8-12 that integrates the three components of civic learning (knowledge, skills and dispositions) in the design and delivery of a school-based project implemented to foster an inclusive school climate and culture. For more information, contact email@example.com
- An annual human rights workshop for Idaho teachers that examines resources and strategies to strengthen teaching and learning in human rights education, holocaust education, civic education and/or international education.
- An annual summer institute for Idaho educators that links the study of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with contemporary issues in the community, state, nation and world.
Pedals and Packs: Thirty years ago, Cambodia emerged from a brutal regime that resulted in complete destruction of schools. Since then, rebuilding the country’s educational system has been a top priority and considerable improvements have been made. However, despite these efforts, Cambodia’s education sector remains blemished by limited access to quality instruction, inadequate school facilities and high dropout rates. Access to and completion of primary school remain a pressing dilemma. Getting to a school where students can complete upper primary grades may mean traveling far distances from home. Each $50 donation to Pedals and Packs will provide one student in Cambodia with a bicycle and backpack – and one less obstacle on the road to an education. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To donate online, click Pedals and Packs.
Human Rights Book Club: Co-founded by local human rights community leaders Marilyn Shuler and Lisa Uhlmann, with support from the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights and Rediscovered Bookshop, the community-based book club focuses on human rights stories in literature. The club meets the second Thursday every other month in the Idaho Black History Museum, 508 E. Julia Davis Drive, Boise. Selected books are available for purchase at Rediscovered Bookshop, 180 N. 8th Street, Boise. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Establishing a human rights initiative in your business can have a substantial, positive effect on your people, practices and bottom line. It creates a stable, respectful working environment with opportunities for all, and helps establish your company as an organization with strong values within the community.
The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights has programs available to help guide businesses as they establish their own human rights platforms and initiatives. These include:
- Scheduling a docent-led tour of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial for employee diversity training
- Conducting an employee function on the grounds of the Memorial
- Hosting a human dignity/human rights “Lunch and Learn” presentation at your business
- Contracting with the Center for online or onsite employee training on discrimination, diversity and human dignity
- Attending a Center event as a company sponsor
To learn more, contact us today at (208 345-0304) or firstname.lastname@example.org.