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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  • First Diversi-Tea of the School Year Discusses Social Justice

    The Equity and Inclusion Team hosted the first Divesi-Tea of the school year on November 8. Students and faculty filled the four tables in Kaltenbacher Hall to discuss social justice, defining it as, “the concept that communities or societies should be constructed in such a way that all its members are physically and psychologically safe, experience equity in regard to power and access to resources, and have the ability to fully participate in that community or society.”
    From there, students discussed works against social justice and works toward social justice, writing their ideas on a post-it that could be hung under the respective sections.
    The meeting closed with the group discussing what actions could be taken at NA for more social justice as well as how one can be an ally.
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  • Newark Academy Set for First DiversiTea of the Year

    Newark Academy’s Equity and Inclusion Team will host the first DiversiTea of the 2018-19 school year. What has become a staple of the Equity and Inclusion Team’s efforts within NA, this DiversiTea will explore the challenges to making NA more inclusive and identify actions that everyone can take now. The event will take place on Thursday, November 8 at 2:30 p.m. in Kaltebacher Hall.
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    On September 5, 2018, current and new students, NA leadership and faculty members will come together for Newark Academy’s 245th Convocation Ceremony and welcome Taffi Ayodele ’00, the keynote speaker. The annual Convocation Ceremony inspires NA students to connect with classmates as they begin the momentous journey of a new academic year.
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