Diversity at Newark Academy

Newark Academy welcomes and celebrates diversity and brings individuals together in an atmosphere where all are valued. We like to say that we have many voices but one purpose. Together, we learn and grow not just as students and faculty but as citizens of the world, acknowledging, embracing, discussing and respecting our differences.

Equity and Inclusion Team

The mission of Newark Academy’s Equity and Inclusion Team is to promote diversity, equity and justice throughout the school community. The team is comprised of student and faculty representatives in both Middle and Upper Schools who work to create new programs and expand existing ones in conjunction with the Academy’s strategic diversity initiatives.

Student Organizations

The NA faculty and student body engage in initiatives that invite action and dialogue to promote diversity, inclusion and deeper understanding of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and socioeconomic status. The Academy empowers students to take an active role in this work. Below are some of the clubs that have been working hard to move the conversation forward and to educate the community.

Diversity Groups on Campus

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  • Asian Diversity

    The club works to advance Asian traditions and help the school understand and embrace Asian culture and traditions. Activities include learning languages, watching foreign films and sampling Asian cuisine.
  • Gay-Straight Alliance

    Weekly meetings are designed to be an open forum for the discussion of issues such as sexuality, homophobia, gender identity, heterosexism and gay rights.
  • Indian Club

    From fashion shows to Diwali celebrations, from dance competitions to food tasting, the Indian Club raises awareness of the importance of the Indian population at Newark Academy, in New Jersey and in the world.
  • Jewish Club

    The Jewish Club provides an opportunity to discuss issues and to promote cultural awareness and understanding. Club members are also involved in affiliated community service work.
  • Umojaa Club

    Umojaa means “unity” in Swahili. Members of the club seek to bring together students and faculty committed to learning about African-American culture and promote unity among students of all backgrounds.

Director of Equity and Inclusion

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Diversity News

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  • NA Equity and Inclusion Team presents "Into the Red Zone: Student Voice at NA"

    The Equity and Inclusion Team's upcoming Diversi-Tea, which is on February 15, from 2:30-3:15pm in Kaltenbacher Hall, will be centered around the idea of open discourse on topics typically silenced or considered "taboo." Possible topics may include socio-economics, freedom of expression, or even the use of comedy as both a coping mechanism and invalidation. As always, these DiversiTeas are open to all NA student and faculty/staff members, and having a respectful but honest conversation remains our primary goal.
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  • Five days, 16 Causes, 17 Clubs, One Revolution

    NA empowers students to use their imaginations, explore possibilities, discover new passions and become contributing members of society. Every day, they find new ways to raise awareness about issues they care about and from February 5-9, the NA community will celebrate these revolutionary ways to inspire others to speak up and speak out during Revolution Week. Students will address an array of causes including modern-day slave labor, sexual assault, the role of art in social change, climate change, anti-Semitism and inaccuracies in the media, politics and LGBT issues, protecting national parks, and more. Events will include fundraisers, discussion groups, and movie screenings and will allow students to demonstrate the power they have as change makers. Click here for the full schedule. 
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  • Special Speaker Inspires Middle School Students to Be Great

    “I was dealt a bad hand in life but I was not afraid to fail,” said Rohan Murphy to Middle School students during a special presentation on January 16, 2018. Rohan is a nationally recognized youth speaker and has spoken about his challenges – and successes – in more than 40 states. 
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