When instances of discrimination and violence occur, particularly when they capture national attention, the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is the point of contact for those across the state of Idaho seeking ways to both understand and find ways to stand up to injustice. The Center is the home and builder of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. Recognized by the state of Idaho as a free, open-air, public museum, the Memorial is the physical embodiment of core values echoed in Anne Frank’s inspirational diary. The Center’s programming extends the museum’s messaging into classrooms and communities.
The Human Dignity Project is a unique educational endeavor in that it provides a blended learning opportunity unlike anything being offered in the state today. The goal is to provide educational tools and resources that move participants from that which inspires to the full realization of human rights for all people. In this project we provide individuals an opportunity to examine the manifestations of inequality, challenge the social construction of discrimination, and confront injustice wherever it occurs. In order to dismantle oppression, we must first understand that it exists and identify what forces work in conjunction to keep people marginalized. Through education, we begin to change our collective understanding and promote a level of engagement that creates change in our own community.
The Human Dignity Project addresses issues that allow participants to unpack the ways attitudes, behaviors, and policies manifest in an unequal treatment. We unpack the actors, institutions, policies and norms that intertwine to create a given situation through a series of content modules. To that end, we examine opportunities and access to rights, and explore the impact of policies, programs, services and laws, and how our lives are inextricably linked to others. We have to begin by talking about who experiences injustice, or "otherness." "The Other” is an individual who is perceived by the group as not belonging, as being different in some fundamental way.
THE SPIRAL OF INJUSTICE was created as a new model for understanding and packing injustice. This unique tool allows participants to explore injustice through a sequence of language, avoidance, discrimination, violence, and elimination, both cultural and behavioral. Through education, we begin to challenge our collective understanding and promote a level of engagement that creates change in our own community. How we think determines the ways that we live, interact and understand discrimination and equality.
$20 funds shipping and delivery of Five-Piece Poster Series to a school.
$50 funds a scholarship enrollment for an educator's participation in an online course
$100 funds a (1.5 hour) on-site training/workshop
$250 funds a (3 hour) on-site training/workshop
$500 funds a (5 hour) on-site training/workshop
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