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Gratz College Launches America’s First Master’s Degree in Antisemitism Studies

First Cohort to Begin Fall 2024

Gratz College Launches America’s First Master’s Degree in Antisemitism Studies
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Gratz College is launching the first Master of Arts degree program in Antisemitism Studies in the United States in Fall 2024. This ground-breaking program will help fill the vacuum of knowledge about antisemitism across Jewish, non-Jewish, and governmental organizations responsible for generating policy to combat prejudice at a time of unprecedented Jew hatred. 

It will:

• Provide an academic home for those seeking to develop both a deep theoretical and practical understanding of antisemitism; 

• Help generate new and impactful research on the factors that contribute to growing antisemitism and test interventions that can successfully combat it; and

• Arm educators and practitioners with the most effective antisemitism pedagogy and programming. 

Through degree concentrations in teaching, advocacy and research, graduates of this program will be uniquely qualified for prominent careers in education, think tanks, government relations, public policy, and community organizations (Jewish and non-Jewish).  

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro is eager to see this program take shape:  

“We’re seeing a dangerous rise in antisemitism, hatred, and bigotry across our country – and it’s more important than ever that Pennsylvanians be equipped with a thorough knowledge of our shared history and the skills to discern fact from fiction. Gratz College is already renowned for its Holocaust and Genocide Studies programs, and I am encouraged the College is expanding upon that work with a new Master’s degree in Antisemitism Studies. I wish the faculty, staff, and especially the inaugural class of Antisemitism Studies students, great success in their work.” 

The program is directed by Dr. Ayal Feinberg, antisemitism studies expert and Director of the Center for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights at Gratz College. The program boasts a distinguished interdisciplinary faculty from academia and leading public advocacy organizations. Despite its infancy, the degree has been endorsed by nearly one hundred scholars and public policy experts from around the world. Professor of Political Science at Kalamazoo College R. Amy Elman asserts, “With an emphasis on operationalizing knowledge, informed teaching and ethical advocacy, Gratz’s innovative graduate program fulfills a deep need in countering antisemitism.”

Gratz’s Antisemitism Studies program is also establishing ground-breaking partnerships with the world’s most prominent Jewish organizations and programs to combat antisemitism in the classroom, on campus, and in professional workspaces. In the first such partnership, Gratz and The Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History have joined forces to launch the National Education Fellowship on Antisemitism. The aim of this fellowship is to generate and assess paradigm-shifting middle and high school curriculum to reduce Jew-hatred and prejudice more broadly.

As an early adopter of online education, a 128-year history of Jewish learning, and home to the world’s largest graduate program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Gratz is uniquely qualified to take on this necessary and overdue program.

On March 4, 2024, the master’s degree program will kick-off with a series of public lectures, including by scholars serving as affiliate faculty for the program. On April 2, 2024, Dr. Avinoam Patt, inaugural director of NYU’s Center for Study of Antisemitism and the Maurice Greenberg Professor of Holocaust Studies, will deliver a keynote lecture, titled, "Awake My People": Jewish Responses to Antisemitism in the Modern Period.” Additional talks will take place before the program officially begins in August.

Prospective students eager to start may apply now and take courses as early as March 2024 with electives in Antisemitism Studies already developed as a preview to the program. 

Gratz College is grateful to the Isidore and Penny Myers Foundation for generously supporting the launch of the Antisemitism Studies program. Jay Myers, Board Chair, shared: “The Isidore and Penny Myers Foundation, a family foundation guided by Jewish American values, sees great worth in educating future generations about the roots of Antisemitism, and by doing so, working to combat it. This degree program will create scholars who can devote their talent to meet this challenge. Our Foundation is proud to support this work and by so doing, meet our obligation to help repair the world.”

Contact: lcohen@gratz.edu for more information.

Contact Information:
Lori Cohen
Director of Marketing and Design
lcohen@gratz.edu
215-635-7300 x182


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AeroGuard Flight Training Center Selected by Air India to Train Pilots for the Airline’s Fly High Cadet Pilot Program

AeroGuard Flight Training Center, a renowned global leader in professional ab initio flight training, is proud to announce its selection by Air India to train the Indian flag carrier’s student pilots within its Fly High Cadet Pilot Program. This agreement demonstrates a significant milestone for AeroGuard and Air India as the two organizations share a commitment to high-quality flight training and supporting the growing airline industry in India. 

Within this new partnership, AeroGuard will train the next generation of pilots for Air India through a custom-developed course where students will obtain FAA licenses ready for DGCA conversion. Through AeroGuard’s high-quality curriculum, experienced instructors, expansive training facilities and capacity, AeroGuard will play a pivotal role in supporting the world-class airline’s aggressive growth plans. Following Air India recruitment and screening, pilot cadets will complete Ground School in India before training at AeroGuard’s flagship Phoenix, Arizona, campus that offers an ideal flight training environment with 350+ VFR days a year, extensive local airspace, and consistent student support. 

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AeroGuard Flight Training Center’s CEO Joel Davidson stated, “AeroGuard is honored to be selected by Air India as their preferred flight training provider for their Cadet Pilot Program. This partnership not only validates our commitment to delivering exceptional training for leading airlines worldwide, but also demonstrates our dedication to supporting the growth of the aviation industry in India. AeroGuard is excited to contribute to the success of Air India’s future pilots and establish long and successful careers for hundreds of student pilots.” 

As a leading airline in the rapidly expanding travel industry in India, this is a significant leap towards ensuring a consistent skilled pool of next-generation cadets and bridging the First Officer gap. By partnering with institutions like AeroGuard, Air India seeks to maintain stringent quality standards for cadet training while proactively securing future talent pipelines. Embracing its role as a pivotal player in India's thriving travel industry, Air India has embarked on a transformative journey. As the airline gears up for expansion, the demand for skilled pilots is poised to surge. AeroGuard's distinguished curriculum has been meticulously crafted to equip cadet pilots with the requisite skills, knowledge, and confidence to fulfill Air India's ambitious plans.

About AeroGuard Flight Training Center: 

AeroGuard Flight Training Center is a global leader in ab initio flight training with three U.S. campuses. Each location offers accelerated commercial pilot training programs to candidates from all over the world. With a commitment to safety and student success, AeroGuard’s high-quality training has established airline-ready cadets for over 20 years with more than one million flight hours of training experience and graduating over 7,000 cadets. 

Contact Information:
James Constable
Chief Marketing Officer
jconstable@flyaeroguard.com
800-322-1526


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MIYO Health will continue to build on TeleTeachers' foundational work with school districts while reflecting the company's broader mission and growth to adjacent market segments.

TeleTeachers, a leader in remote special education and mental health services, is set to undergo a significant rebranding, evolving into MIYO Health early this year. 

"While TeleTeachers will continue to be a hallmark of our story, we are excited to have a name that embodies all that we are now as a company delivering expanded mental health services and technology solutions," says Emily Smith, founder of TeleTeachers and now MIYO Health. "We believe having a name that can represent the breadth of our solutions will help us continue to grow and enable services for more students in need."

Make It Your Own (MIYO): This name reflects our expanded commitment to providing holistic student well-being and customizable solutions tailored to each partner's unique needs. We believe this philosophy empowers schools, state agencies, provider networks, and non-profit organizations to make personalized mental health and special education services a reality for all.

MIYO Health will continue to build on TeleTeachers' foundational work with school districts while reflecting the company's broader mission and growth to adjacent market segments. 

Key Points of TeleTeachers' Rebranding to MIYO Health:

Inclusive Mission: MIYO Health represents an expanded mission to provide comprehensive technology and service solutions. This includes the incorporation of school mental health services alongside existing special education support, aligning with the company's commitment to holistic student well-being.

Enhanced Capabilities for Success: MIYO Health brings forth enhanced technology, additional support resources, and an extended network of professionals. This rebranding reflects a commitment to the success of employees, students, and partners through strengthened capabilities.

For employees and partners, the rebranding is a name change only. Jobs, services, and roles remain unaffected. The company emphasizes that it is not being acquired or sold, and this positive evolution opens up new opportunities to support clients through its growth.

About MIYO Health:
MIYO Health is a leader in flexible technology solutions, dedicated to empowering schools, provider networks, and state agencies in their pursuit of student success. With a focus on customizable and innovative platforms, MIYO Health delivers comprehensive support services, emphasizing mental health and special education solutions.

miyohealth.com
@miyohealth 
 

Contact Information:
Sarah McLaurin
Marketing Manager, MIYO Health
smclaurin@miyohealth.com


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