Change 40th Annual Colloquium – New Jersey Education Association


Join Chhange (Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education) for its 40th annual symposium. The event will feature keynote speaker Shabana Basij-Rasikh, co-founder and president of the School of Leadership, Afghanistan (SOLA), which she founded while still a teenager. SOLA is the first and only boarding school for girls in Afghanistan, accommodating nearly 100 students.

Born and raised in Kabul, Basij-Rasikh completed high school in the United States through the Department of State’s Youth Exchange Studies program. In 2008, while a student at Middlebury College, she co-founded SOLA, with a mission to provide girls with access to quality education in her native country. In August 2021, Basij-Rasikh led the evacuation of his SOLA students and faculty from Afghanistan to Rwanda, where all are now engaged in a study abroad program.

After the keynote, join dozens of small-group workshop leaders, including local Holocaust and genocide survivors, community activists and dynamic educators, to learn more about how to make a difference in your community and beyond. Topics covered include racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, human and civil rights, social justice, and more. Workshop offers will be sent to registrants in the spring.

All attendees are invited to view Chhange’s eighth annual student art installation, which opens at the same time as the symposium. This year’s theme, “Historians of Ourselves,” will invite young people to document and process their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic through art. The exhibit will be open in the CVA Gallery at Brookdale Community College throughout the summer.

The cost to attend this workshop is $8 per person and registration is open until May 10, 2022. Interested participants can register here.

The workshop is open to students, educators and community members. The target audience for this workshop is students in grades 5-12.

For more information, visit or contact Spencer Cronin at [email protected] or by phone at 732-224-2616.


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