‘ANC Grassroots’ Workshop to Discuss Genocide Education in Public Schools

GUSD Assistant Superintendent Kathy Fundukian-Thorosian

Panelists from GenEd, Public School System to Educate and Activate Community

GLENDALE—The Armenian National Committee – Western Region announced that the Genocide Education Project (GenEd), Dr. Kathy Fundukian-Thorossian, and genocide education advocate Shant Hagopian will serve as panelists in the ANC Grassroots workshop on activism through school and university curricula. The workshop is part of the ANC Grassroots weekend that will take place from Friday, November 25 to Sunday, November 27, 2011, at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.

Teaching junior high and high school students about this dark – and often neglected – era of history is extremely important to the Armenian Cause. Education is one of the most effective means of countering genocide denial and educating teachers and students about this historic injustice will ensure that the Armenian Genocide and its lessons are a catalyst for social change.

GenEd is a non-profit organization that provides educators the instructional materials, resources and educational workshops to teach about human rights and genocide – the Armenian Genocide, in particular. GenEd was founded by Raffi Momjian and ANC-WR activist Roxanne Makasdjian in 1997, when they determined the Armenian Genocide curriculum in California’s educational framework – available since the
1980’s – had not been properly implemented.

Gen-Ed's Raffi Momdjian

Momjian presently serves as the Executive Director of GenEd. He and GenEd education director Sara Cohan will be members on the educational advocacy panel discussing how activists can work with educators to implement lesson plans about the Armenian Genocide as part of history curricula in the junior high and high school levels.

Dr. Kathy Fundukian-Thorossian is currently the Assistant Superintendent of educational services for the Glendale Unified School District. She previously served as the principal of Glendale High School, from 2005 to 2008, and has more than 25 years of experience in education. Fundukian-Thorossian has continuously contributed to the Armenian- American community through various organizations including the Armenian Cultural Foundation. Fundukian has also attended the Principal’s Center at Harvard University and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Character and Ethics Project.

Sara Cohan from Gen-Ed

Shant Hagopian is a second-year law student at the Southwestern University School of Law. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, and an ANCA Leo Sarkisian Internship alumnus. During his undergraduate studies, Hagopian worked closely with the ANC-SF Bay Area and GenEd. He has conducted seminars about the Armenian Genocide for public school students in 7th to 11th grades.

The experiences and insights of this panel, which they have gleaned throughout their tenure in the education system, are sure to resonate with the audience.

The three-day ANC Grassroots program is the first in a groundbreaking series of workshops, conferences and seminars that will educate the community about civic leadership arising from grassroots efforts. ANC Grassroots will bookend the Armenian National Committee of America –Western Region Annual Banquet, which will take place on Saturday, November 26 at 7 p.m.

The conference and Annual Banquet are open to interested individuals throughout the entire United States, and participants are encouraged to register early.

Tickets for ANC Grassroots, which includes the Friday night cocktail in the Starview Room; as well as conference sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, which include breakfast, post-banquet dance, and a keynote luncheon on Sunday, are $150. Tickets for the Annual Banquet are $200. Those interested in attending the Annual Banquet and ANC Grassroots can purchase a package for $300.

Students with valid ID can purchase discounted tickets to the Annual Banquet and Conference.

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