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Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Names Jodi Elowitz as Outreach Coordinator

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Names Jodi Elowitz as Outreach Coordinator

jodi_elowitz.jpgCenter for Holocaust and Genocide Studies has named Jodi Elowitz as their new outreach coordinator. Ms. Elowitz has more than 10 years of experience in the field of Holocaust and diversity education in Minnesota and Tennessee. Elowitz began her career at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in 1997 as an intern and graduate student under the tutelage of former director Dr. Stephen Feinstein.

After completing her Master of Liberal Studies degree, which she designed to have an emphasis on the Holocaust, she went on to work for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas as the director of Holocaust education. While at the JCRC, Elowitz oversaw numerous educational and community programs, and designed resources, study guides and curriculum for secondary educators. She also taught seminars and workshops to educate teachers and students about such topics as the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, anti-bullying, civil rights and race as seen through American popular culture.

In 2008 Ms. Elowitz accepted the position of executive director for the Tennessee Holocaust Commission. She brought her talents as an administrator by leading the staff and board through a major rebranding and strategic planning process, while laying the foundation for the commission's continued sustainability and growth.

"We are very fortunate to have someone of Jodi's talents and background working at the center," said Bruno Chaouat, director of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. "Not only does she bring tremendous energy and passion to us, [but] she also has a unique history and relationship with CHGS, the university and the community."

Elowitz received her Bachelor of Arts degree in humanities and her Master Liberal Studies degree at the University of Minnesota.