Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies

How to help

Here are some links to local organizations that are helping the folks who are being hit the hardest during this crisis.

Thanks to OurBridge for Kids for helping compile this list.


Loaves & Fishes  /  Friendship Trays  /  Together We Rise 

Urban Ministry Charlotte  /  Urban Promise  /  QC Family Tree

Freedom Within Walls  /  Project 658  /  Project Bolt

 OurBridge  /  The Bulb  /  Block Love 

To donate blood  /  Refugee Support Services

Greater Charlotte Rise COVID-19 Mutual Aid Volunteer Sign-up

Additional groups are listed in this Charlotte Observer article

To help UNCC students: 

"The UNC Charlotte Emergency Relief Fund helps current students by providing financial support when they need assistance with unexpected, unforeseen and unavoidable emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage or need for temporary housing, natural disaster or pandemics. The Demond and Kia Martin Foundation will generously match dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000, for gifts made to the UNC Charlotte Emergency Fund.

"The Jamil Niner Student Pantry provides assistance to UNC Charlotte students who struggle with food insecurities, to help assure that no person in the UNC Charlotte community goes hungry and that every student has access to nutritious food. The pantry will remain open during this difficult time and has implemented a web order form to maximize social distancing."



Tuesday February 25, 2:30pm

Halton Reading Room (Atkins Library)


"Why I Stayed in Rwanda"


“So what would you do if, like Carl Wilkens, you were caught in the middle of a genocide?” asked Nicholas Kristof in a New York Times article. “U.S. officials and church leaders ordered Mr. Wilkens to join an emergency evacuation of foreigners from Rwanda, and relatives and friends implored him to go. He refused....

One evening the militia came to kill Mr. Wilkens and his Tutsi servants, but Hutu neighbors praised his humanitarian work and the militia went away. Death threats piled up, but Mr. Wilkens spent his days talking his way through roadblocks of snarling, drunken soldiers so he could take water and food to orphanages around town. The Raoul Wallenberg of Rwanda, he negotiated, pleaded and bullied his way through the bloodshed, saving lives everywhere he went.

Co-sponsored by UNC Charlotte's Departments of Religious Studies, History, Global Studies, and Africana Studies and by UNCC's Center for Professional and Applied Ethics

MORE INFORMATION about this and other upcoming events


Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz

July 27, 1922 - November 17, 2019

Dr. Cernyak-Spatz speaking at UNCC on November 9, 2016. Photo: CDK GLOBAL

Our Center only exists because of Dr. Cernyak-Spatz's work, vision, and inspiration over the course of her many years at UNCC. She left us late last year after an extraordinary 97 years.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made in her memory to a fund established to sustain “German Studies 3650: The Holocaust through German Literature and Film,” a seminar Dr. Cernyak-Spatz created and taught for decades. How to give.

News articles about Dr. Cernyak-Spatz, who laid the foundations for Holocaust Studies and for our Center, and links to interviews and other resources


August 2019: HGHR steering committee members John Cox and Amal Khoury, with long-time HGHR professor Dr. Sarah Minslow, have sigend a contract with Routledge to co-edit a book on genocide-denial, based on our April 2019 conference.

Denial: the Final Stage of Genocide? will be published in 2020 and include contributions from well-established as well as emerging scholars. 

More about the Center's research here.

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Information about our Minor, including lists of Summer/Fall 2020 classes


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Denial: The Final Stage of Genocide

First International Conference of the Center of Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies

The conference was attended by more than 130 people, including scholars and activists from 12 countries. A conference-proceedings book will be published in 2020, and we are working with colleagues in Sarajevo to hold a second conference on "denial" in June 2020.


Photograph of two young Pima Indian school girls, ca.1900. Behind them a wire and wood post fence is visible. Photographer: Pierce, C.C. (Charles C.), 1861-1946. Wikimedia Commons. An example of forced assimilation and cultural genocide.


The Center for HGHR Studies is launching an undergraduate research journal this Spring (2020). Stay tuned!