Meet the Staff: Program Coordinator Diane Wickham

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Written by Brianna Connock, Marketing & Outreach Associate

The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center’s engaging events come alive thanks to the work of Program Coordinator Diane Wickham. From months before until the day of, Diane is working to make ideas come to reality.

Q: Tell me about your role and what a typical day might look like for you.

Every day is different depending on the program schedule. The months leading up to Upstander Weekend or Annual Meeting can be quite chaotic. You may find me putting together an itinerary for a speaker, reserving hotel accommodations, or working with our in-house caterer on seating and menu options. I also work closely with Cincinnati Museum Center to reserve spaces in the building for all of our departments.

Q: What is your favorite part of the museum?

From the first time I stepped foot in the museum I was enthralled with the level of its direct correlation to survivors IN Cincinnati. The museum really makes you a part of the survivors’ lives as their stories are told. They ARE our neighbors. Also, Dimensions in Testimony is something everyone should witness. This will be the way survivor stories are told when there are no survivors remaining.

Q: Why do you think the work the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center does is important?

As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, I believe it is imperative that history is taught so that it is not repeated. The stories we tell are human stories and must never be forgotten. It is the least we can do for those who went through this atrocity. Our mission combats ignorance.

Q: What about the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning?

I have seen firsthand how survivors’ stories impact children to think and act differently. Knowing that people will leave our museum inspired to do better makes me proud to work here. One thing that excites me the most is knowing that all Cincinnati Public Schools 9th graders will tour our museum. I think about the impact of that moving forward and I’m hopeful for the future.

Q: What is a favorite moment you have of working here?

The memory I have of Holocaust survivors joining hands with our Upstander Award winner — the bridging of the generations was truly inspiring; that these stories will live on in people in our community.

Q: What’s something you wish people knew about you?

How fortunate I feel that I get to work in a position where my education and skillset met up with a passion I have.

Want to get in touch with Diane? Connect with her at [email protected].

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The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center exists to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust inspire action today. Located at Cincinnati’s historic Union Terminal, HHC impacts more than 2.5 million people every year through digital and in-person events, museum tours, educational experiences, social media, and virtual content. From Australia to India, individuals from more than 25 countries and 30 states engage with our mission. For more information, visit