41st Tikkun Olam Award to Dr. Harriet Lipman Sepinwall
Dr. Harriet Lipman Sepinwall is Professor of Holocaust Studies and Co-Director of the College of Saint Elizabeth Holocaust Education Resource Center. Her teaching has included multicultural, human rights, Holocaust, and genocide education. She has focused on teacher education to end prejudice and discrimination and to teach about the Holocaust and genocide to students, teachers, religious and civic leaders, and the community. She has led study trips to Poland and Israel for study of Jewish life before the Holocaust and about the Holocaust and its impact; students from diverse backgrounds. Catholic educators and many students, including Haitian students at the College of Saint Elizabeth, have participated in these study trips. [After her participation on the 2006 March of Remembrance and Hope, Haitian student Marie Mirlande Noel was invited to speak at the General Assembly in January, 2007 at the 2nd annual United Nations International Day of Commemoration for Victims of the Holocaust; her topic was why the Holocaust must be remembered.]
Dr. Sepinwall played a leadership role at this Catholic college in establishing the annual College of Saint Elizabeth Week of Holocaust Remembrance, Kristallnacht Commemoration, Yom Hashoah Commemoration, and the In-Class Faculty Sessions. She has been invited to give presentations at Yad Vashem and at the National Catholic Educational Association conventions, and developed innovative programs for teachers of students from diverse backgrounds. She collaborates with the nation’s leading Holocaust/genocide organizations including the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education; March of the Living; March of Remembrance and Hope; March of the Living; U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; the Museum of Jewish Heritage; American Society for Yad Vashem; Simon Wiesenthal Center; AntiDefamation League Braun Holocaust Institute, Echoes & Reflections, and Bearing Witness for Catholic Educators; Hidden Child Foundation; Kindertransport Association; Jewish Foundation for the Righteous; Holocaust Council of Greater MetroWest, and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. Professor Sepinwall was selected as a Wye Faculty Fellow, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the College of Saint Elizabeth Caritas Award, Distinguished Service Award from the Middle States Council for the Social Studies, Rutgers University GSE Community Service Award, and the Sister Rose Thering and Axelrod Awards for teaching about the Holocaust and genocide.