From its original residence in the basement of the Kurt R. Schmeller Library, to its newly-constructed home at the college’s main entrance, the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives has always served to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of prejudice, racism, and stereotyping. With a student population that represents more than 140 countries, the need to promote cultural acceptance and understanding on the campus of Queensborough is poignant and ever-present.
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. Private donations and a major gift from Harriet Kupferberg (1925-2008) helped to establish a $5 million endowment campaign. Mrs. Kupferberg, who served on the board of the QCC Fund, Inc., gave $1 million in 2007 to the endowment, ensuring the Center's customized exhibits, programs, and daily operations would continue in perpetuity.
"There are 63 languages represented at Queensborough Community College. I want to add one more: the language of understanding." – Harriet Kupferberg
The Center has since created programs such as the Holocaust Survivor Internship, Artists-in-Residence, Interfaith Dialogue Program, and a Hate Crimes Curriculum. Each semester, the Center also presents an original, customized exhibit, which draws connections to current human atrocities at both the local and global levels. Lectures facilitated by scholars are also held, which are open to the public and free of charge, that investigate issues and events of the Holocaust. In addition, the Center is involved with community groups, such as the Queens District Attorney’s Hate Crimes Bureau.
Currently, QCC is one of six community colleges in the country to have received a multiyear challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). If donors chose to restrict their gifts to the KHRCA/NEH endowment, the college is eligible to receive up to a 50% match for their gifts from the NEH through 2016!
To learn more about the Center’s programs and schedule please visit the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives website.