Once a year, the ANCA-WR Education Committee honors educators who have creatively taught the Armenian Genocide within their school communities, across different courses such as social science, English language arts, music, art, theater, and film. The 2022 Armenian Genocide Virtual Awards Ceremony will be held on April 9, 2022. Details about the event will be listed here.
Since 2017, the ANCA-WR Education Committee has honored 41 educators who have creatively taught the Armenian Genocide within their school communities, across different courses such as social science, English language arts, music, art, theater, and film. The committee has also awarded the Armenian Genocide Education Legacy Award to educators who have dedicated a lifetime of efforts to educate and provide resources for their students and other educators about the Armenian Genocide and its lasting legacy for humanity. Previous awardees are the late Zaruhi “Sara” Chitjian (2017), Dr. Kay Mouradian (2018), Dr. Rubina Peroomian (2019), and Dr. Richard Hovhannisian (2020).
Armenian Genocide Education Legacy Award
Dr. Alfred De Zayas, Professor of International Law and History, Geneva School of Diplomacy, Switzerland
Amb. Henry Morgenthau Sr. Courage Award
Ms. Kelly Gonez, School Board President, Los Angeles Unified School District
Office of Board President Kelly Gonez
Ms. Esmeralda Marcial, Director of Community Engagement
Ms. Charity Castro, Advocacy and Policy Deputy
Mr. Michael Menjivar, Deputy Director of Community Engagement
Richard G. Hovannisian Armenian Genocide Higher Education Award
Dr. Matthew Jendian, Professor, Fresno State University
Armenian Genocide Education Award
Mr. Michael Cunningham, Del Valle High School, Del Valle Independent School District, Texas
Dr. David Harms, Penta Career Center, Perrysburg, Ohio
Zaruhy “Sara” Chitjian Armenian Heritage Award
Ms. Armineh Alexan, Jefferson Elementary School, Glendale Unified School District
Mr. Patrick Davarhanian, Clark Magnet High School, Glendale Unified School District
Ms. Shake Jacqueline Balian, John Burroughs High School, Burbank Unified School District
The ANCA-WR Education Committee relies on the generosity of donors and sponsors for our ongoing educational initiatives. Donations are used to provide professional development training and develop new instructional materials for educators on Armenian Heritage, Armenian Genocide, and Artsakh, participating and presenting at social studies conferences, and to institutionalize Armenian Genocide education in institutions and states.
To make a donation with a credit card, please visit our website: www.ancawr.org/donatetoeducate.
Do you know an educator who has creatively taught and/or supported Armenian Genocide education in classrooms or educational spaces? You can nominate them and the committee can consider them for the 2023 Awards Ceremony.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any specific questions about the application process.