Dale Daniels, Special Projects Co-Director, Dale Daniels served as the first Executive Director of Chhange, the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education from 2000-2019. Under Dale’s administration, Chhange produced six award-winning exhibits, six student art installations, two films, and published three award-winning books, while maintaining an annual schedule of 25-75 programs serving 25,000 students, teachers, and community members. Dale served as project director for all exhibits, installations and films. The first museum exhibit, A Journey to Life, an interactive and multimedia exhibit, welcomed an audience of 3,500 visitors in nine weeks, and resulted in the creation of 11 curriculum suitcases that continue to travel to schools across the state. Chhange’s permanent exhibit, Journeys Beyond Genocide: The Human Experience was recognized for its curatorial approach and use of tablet technology as “Best Practices” at the Association of Holocaust Organizations Winter Seminar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 100 Days of Silence, the first student art installation, was displayed in Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC in December 2014. Under Dale’s direction, Chhange founded the only Holocaust/genocide archives in New Jersey in 2009.
Dale Daniels has presented and chaired panels at international conferences on the use of survivor testimony in exhibits and design of museums exhibits and co-authored publications including “Survivors as Teachers” with renowned scholar Michael Berenbaum. Dale served as an interviewer for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute and provides training to educators and descendants of survivors in gathering oral histories.
The Monmouth County Board of Freeholders and the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission named Dale Daniels the Humanitarian of the Year in 2013. Brookdale Community College’s Psychology Department in collaboration with The Heroic Imagination Project awarded Dale the title of World’s Quiet Hero in 2011. The Anti-Defamation League and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education awarded Dale the Honey and Maurice Axelrod Award for outstanding efforts in teaching of the Holocaust and Genocide. In addition, Chhange’s Building Bridges initiative, co-created by Dale and Susan Yellin, was awarded the Honey and Maurice Axelrod Award in partnership with the Rumson School District. The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous designated Dale as an Alfred Lerner Fellow. Under Dale’s leadership, Chhange received five awards for service to the community and state and was recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous throughout Dale’s administration. Dale received her BA from Northwestern University and her MA from the University of Chicago.