As one of Queensborough’s cultural beacons, the Center provides students and faculty alike with a supplemental educational resource, used to enrich classroom teachings with experiences that encourage personal reflection, intellectual inspiration, and a sense of social responsibility. Content areas as diverse as foreign languages and literature, basic skills, history, English, psychology, criminal justice, and health-related sciences incorporate the Center’s many resources – from its permanent exhibit, to lectures and survivor interviews - into their coursework.
The Center's new home came to fruition under the guidance of QCC’s then-president, Dr. Eduardo J. Martí, and with the financial support from New York City and New York State, and federal funding sources. A major gift from Harriet Kupferberg (1925-2008) established a named endowment in 2007 to fund it's customized exhibits and programs in perpetuity.
"There are 63 languages represented at Queensborough Community College. I want to add one more: the language of understanding." – Harriet Kupferberg