July 15, 2021
Marlys Cervantes, the Humanities and Communication Chair at Cowley College, recently received a grant from The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI) for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights based out of New York, NY, to be part of a study in Tulsa, OK from June 21 to June 25 entitled Social Justice Lessons in the Heartland: Exploring the Holocaust and Human Rights.
The group of educators selected to participate were provided with books and expected to study prior to the week, where they were then provided with a week filled with access to museum tours, authors, experts, and even an afternoon with a Holocaust survivor who recounted her life stories.
Holocaust survivor Eva Unterman (pictured seated at the table), was a young girl when she and her family were forced into the camps. Unterman related stories of her childhood before the camps and her time in them, as well as how she met her husband afterwards and made her way to the United States to rebuild her life.
At the end of the week, each participant presented an action project from their personal work and research during the week.