In 2009, Senate Bill 482 established the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission to ensure that resources are available to students, educators, and the general public regarding the Holocaust and other genocides.
Since 2010, THGC staff and volunteers have worked on a wide variety of projects to meet the commission’s mission. The following are included among the THGC’s accomplishments since that time:
- Insertion of teaching standards regarding the Holocaust and Genocide into the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
- Education of hundreds of Texas teachers through completion of 20 regional workshops and four broadcast digitally around the state, and via a digital workshop hosted by Project Share
- Audio and visual recording of 19 oral histories of Texan liberators of concentration camps through the Baylor Institute for Oral History
- Development and distribution of 10 Stages of Genocide poster project and lesson plans to Texas social studies teachers
- Travel of Prijedor: Lifes from the Bosnian Genocide exhibit throughout the state
- Insertion of teaching standards regarding the Holocaust into the College Board's Advanced Placement curriculum
- Development of plan to better educate Texas' Hispanic population about genocide
- Engagement of hundreds of Texas students and schoolteachers in an annual video contest
- Awarding of grants to educators and institutions for programs supporting the THGC mission
The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission continues to impact student citizens through these and other on-going programs. By making resources available, the commission would like to imbue in individuals a sense of responsibility to uphold human value, especially in the face of genocidal travesty.