Equity & Inclusion

Many Voices, One Purpose

Newark Academy is a diverse community composed of exceptional students, faculty, and staff dedicated to intentional engagement with differing experiences and a global perspective that empowers students to develop a depth of character, innovative thinking, and commitment to equity and inclusion.

Newark Academy will cultivate a diverse school community where all members are welcomed, respected, valued, and celebrated. We are committed to our responsibility for fostering and maintaining a caring and inclusive community that thrives on intellectual, social, and emotional interactions across differences. Members of the Newark Academy community are encouraged to build trusting relationships with one another grounded in kindness and empathy. Through intentional, active, and ongoing engagement of multiple voices, we strive to create an equitable environment where all members can have a sense of belonging to learn and grow as citizens of the world.

E&I Team

The mission of Newark Academy’s Equity and Inclusion Student Leadership Team is to promote diversity, equity and justice throughout the school community.

The team is comprised of students who have successfully applied to join the team, faculty representatives in both Middle and Upper Schools, and administrators. Together, the group works to create new programs and expand existing ones in conjunction with the Academy’s strategic diversity initiatives.

Members of the EIT serve as ambassadors for –and group leaders in– the work of the Office of Equity and Inclusion (EIT).


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  • Faculty and Staff Members

    Kristin Duszak, Associate Dean of Student Life
    Rochelle Edwards, Upper School Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
    Pegeen Galvin-Scott, Dean of Students
    Gardy Guiteau, Director of Equity and Inclusion
    Melissa Miller, Associate Director of Admission
    Elizabeth Takyi, Alumni Relations Associate
    Hernando Santamaria, Middle School Equity Inclusion Coordinator
  • Student Members

    Tiffany Agkpo '21
    Lucy Alaeto '22
    Juliet Bu '23
    Henry Chandonnet '21
    Pravan Chakravarthy '21
    Haniya Cheema '21
    Drew France '22
    Lauren Freed '22
    Amaani Jetley '22
    Penelope Jennings '22
    Jeffery Keys '21
    Kieri Keys '24
    Marie Kung '23
    Alexa Guastello '21
    Elan Lakes '21
    Isadora Martinez '24
    Jordan McCray-Robinson ‘21
    Nicole Pesquin '21
    Jacqueline Rodriguez '21
    Ashna Shah '23
    Yasmeena Sharif '23
    Kristin Tsay '21
    Kaitlin Weiss '21
    Monica Zhang '21
    Andrew Zhang '22
    Albert Zhou '22
    Silvy Zhou '22
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