About the Organizers
Andrew Beiter is the Director of the Summer Institute and an 8th Grade Social Studies teacher at Springville Middle School. Graduating with a Bachelor's in Political Philosophy from Michigan State and a Master's in Education from Fredonia State College, Drew is a Regional Education Coordinator for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Education Director for the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, a Teacher Fellow for the Lowell Milken Center, and a consultant for the Robert F. Kennedy Center's Speak Truth to Power program. He also co-founded the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights, an international NGO designed to provide teacher training in areas recovering from conflict, including Rwanda, Bosnia, and Cambodia.
Stephanie O'Donnell is an Associate Director for the Summer Institute. After earning her BS in Secondary Social Studies Education from Buffalo State College and Masters as a Literacy Specialist at the same institution, she now is a Social Studies teacher at Cardinal O'Hara High School. Stephanie played a crucial role organizing the 2007 Day of Learning on Darfur at Daemen College, and has also attended the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators held at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. In 2005, she was part of a humanitarian delegation to Costa Rica, doing the same in 2008 to the Dominican Republic. As a member of the Next Generation Initiatives of the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, Stephanie is co-Chair of a Teacher Trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, as well as to other human rights organizations in the D.C. area.