A Learning Space

The West Valley College Campus Center will be turned into a "Learning Space" where conference attendees can visit a variety of exhibits and information tables staffed by students, faculty, community members, and representatives of national organizations to present information about the history and repercussions of genocides, and the actions that Global Citizens can promote to foster social justice.  The reading of names and a silent PowerPoint presentation of the history of genocides will be held in the main Event Center surrounded by student projects and a Social Justice Fair that will accompany the conference.



chaim.jpg (43057 bytes) Iris Bendahan, the founder and executive director of The California Holocaust Awareness and Action Interactive Museum (CHAIM), will bring her history of the Holocaust exhibit to our conference.  CHAIM uses 18 informational and interactive exhibits to take its visitors from the darkness of Nazism and the resulting abyss of human behavior to the heights of humanity in the selfless acts of compassion exhibited by those willing to stand up to the darkness.

Any organization wishing to set up a traveling exhibit should contact Tim Kelly at tim.kelly@westvalley.edu.

Student Projects

As part of the Global Citizenship Committee's commitment to facilitate campus-wide the ideals of global citizenship through curriculum and co-curricular activities, our conference will integrate student projects into the Learning Space.  These projects will offer details about genocides that are both well known and/or discussed infrequently (such as Haitians, Bosnians, Native Americans in both the USA and Latin America, Darfurians, East Timorese, and the Holodomor).  In addition, students are welcome to present projects and presentations that deal with social justice generally or specifically, as well as the role of the Global Citizen.

WVC Library Resources


books_a_la_carte.JPG (137171 bytes) Conference attendees will be able speak with a West Valley College librarian as they browse the selection available at the Library's Book Cart which will have a variety of genocide resources to choose from.  

A technology station will also allow attendees to screen short films and documentaries that are available through the Library's online resources.

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Art and Music

The fine arts are a powerful form of remembrance.  To that end the Raging Grannies of San Jose will perform during the lunch hour a repertoire of songs that focus on issues of social justice.  Mitra Fabian, a West Valley College Art Instructor, is coordinating a student art exhibit devoted to the theme of genocide remembrance.

Social Justice Fair

We are very excited about the Social Justice Fair that will accompany the conference, and we have received interest from participants that range from the ACLU and NAACP to the Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations.  Our goal is to bring together like minded individuals committed to social justice and allow them to network and make (or re-establish) personal and organizational connections.  There is no cost to participate and all are welcome.  A sampling of the groups and organizations which have agreed to participate are the following:


AACI/Center for Survivors of Torture AAUW - American Association of University Women San Jose and Los Gatos-Saratoga Branches

ACLU Santa Clara Valley Chapter

Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Arab American Cultural Center/AMAAN
Bill Wilson Center Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Center Campaign for Justice Catholic Charities Refugee Settlement Center for Empowering Refugees
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Crochet Coral Reef Project Doris Dillon School in Cambodia Immigrantinfo.org IRC (International Rescue Committee)
Islamic Networks Groups Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) of San Jose Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley (JCRC) Jewish Voice for Peace (South Bay) KIVA
League of Women Voters of Southwest Santa Clara Valley Lincoln Law School Move to Amend NAACP Branch #1067 Nihonmachi Outreach Committee
Our Developing World Pacifica Institute Pars Equality Center PARS - Immigration Program and Outreach Raging Grannies of San Jose
Rose Academies Rotary Club of Saratoga  St. Andrew Armenian Church St. Andrews Episcopal Church San Jose Peace and Justice Center
Santa Clara Law Group Santa Clara County Refugee Health Assessment Program Services, Immigrant Rights, & Education Network (SIREN) Showing Up For Racial Justice Silicon Valley Faces
Silicon Valley United Nations Association South Bay Progressive Alliance (SBPA) WVC Society of Global Citizens West Valley College Stand Up Coalition West Valley College Sustainability Committee
  Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) of San Jose   Working Partnerships USA  

If your group or organization would also like to set up an information table, contact Tim Kelly at tim.kelly@westvalley.edu.



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Speakers Program

Room of Remembrance

Reading of Names

A Learning Space

Conference Schedule

Film Series

About the WVC Global Citizenship Committee

WVC Library Genocide Resources