Center for Social Justice and Human Understanding

Our Mission

The Suffolk Center for Social Justice and Human Understanding features the Holocaust Collection (CSJHU). Its mission is to educate the community on historical events, and to promote cultural understanding and respect for human dignity.

Organization Overview

CSJHU is a not-for-profit organization sponsored in 2003 by the Board of Trustees of Suffolk County Community College to encourage human rights awareness and foster the values of respect and diversity. The CSJHU Board of Directors, reflecting a variety of ethnic, racial and religious affiliations, are united in a devotion to building a better community. They are assisted by an Advisory Council that represents the many talents of Long Island residents who are committed to furthering the mission of CSJHU.

Our Staff and Supporters

Executive Committee
Renee Ortiz, Executive Director
Jill Santiago, Holocaust Educator
Joan Cook, Secretary

Board of Directors
Rabbi Steven Moss, Chairperson
Veronica Treadwell, Vice Chair/Secretary
Honorable Robert Sweeney, Treasurer
Karl Grossman
Eleanor Kra
Dr. Shaun L. McKay, President of Suffolk County Community College
Melisa Rousseau
Steven Schrier, Esq.
Dr. M. Vicki Wacksman

General Information
The CSJHU office and Gallery are located in the Huntington Library on the College’s Ammerman Campus in Selden, NY.

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. when classes are in session.

The collection features rare artifacts, memoirs, documents and photographs that are interpreted and presented in permanent and traveling exhibits. Guided tours are available for classes and groups. The Center’s staff also arranges diversity and intercultural programs that focus on social justice issues and promote themes of coexistence, tolerance, and respect for differences.