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Gayle and Paul Gross Foundation Awards $250,000 Challenge Grant to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)August 19, 2014

Center will be renamed The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The Gayle and Paul Gross Foundation awarded a five-year, $250,000 challenge grant to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Ramapo College of New Jersey. The Center, established in 1990 and part of the Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies, will be renamed The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

“This generous gift from Gayle and Paul, long-time supporters of the Center, will foster expanded programming for students, teachers and the general public in line with the College’s mission of community engagement,” said Peter P. Mercer, Ph.D., president of Ramapo College. “It is part of our ongoing effort to encourage tolerance and peaceful conflict resolution, to raise awareness of genocide and to promote the democratic outcomes of a liberal education.”

The Center’s programming focuses on the history and lessons of the Holocaust, the genocide in Armenia and Darfur and other conflicts. The Center, a member of the Association of Holocaust Organizations, participates with similar organizations in programs and outreach efforts under the New Jersey State Commission on Holocaust Education.

“Gayle and I have been associated with the Center for a long time and are firm believers in the ongoing need to ensure that all people, especially school children, know about the Holocaust and the impact of hatred and bigotry in our societies,” said Mr. Gross.

The Center’s Gumpert Teacher Workshops provide secondary school instructors with strategies and lesson plans for incorporating the Holocaust and genocide studies into their classroom studies. The lecture and film series, held in collaboration with other campus and community groups, bring scholars, filmmakers and policy leaders to campus for discussion. All events are free and open to the public.

Paul and Gayle Gross founded the Gross Foundation which supports Jewish organizations and causes in the arts, human services and education.   Formerly of Hillsdale, N.J., they reside in West Palm Beach, Florida. Their daughter, Lauren, has served on the Center’s advisory board for several years and is currently vice-chair.

To learn more about the Center, visit


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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