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Newark Academy will be closed Saturday and Sunday

Due to the state of emergency and the impending snowstorm, all activities and events at Newark Academy are cancelled for Saturday and Sunday. Information regarding rescheduling of events will be provided after we return to school on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Stay safe and enjoy the weekend.
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Newark Academy will be closed Saturday and Sunday

Due to the state of emergency and the impending snowstorm, all activities and events at Newark Academy are cancelled for Saturday and Sunday. Information regarding rescheduling of events will be provided after we return to school on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Stay safe and enjoy the weekend.

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.

PoCC/SDLC Reflections

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  • Jeff Vinikoor

    Humanities Department Chair Jeff Vinikoor attended the National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference: “For me, the highlight of the conference was hearing from our students, who attended the SLDC while I and the other NA adults were at the People of Color Conference. The students had spent several days reflecting on their own identities and the NA community. I was moved by their insights and willingness to share openly with the adults. I was reminded that we in the NA community need to ensure that every student feels welcome and valued — and sometimes our students of color do not feel that way. I will continue to think about how we enact a culture, policies, and practices that make our school community a place in which all students can reach their potential.”
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  • Kumar Ghafoor '10

    Alumni Board of Governors Member Kumar Ghafoor '10 attended the National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference: “The student presentation on Saturday morning.  I wish everyone in the NA community could have been there for that. One to witness how brilliant our students are but also to see how courageous they are to share their real experiences of NA. The students gave their presentation to all adults who attended the trip from NA, including the Upper School principal, teachers, parents, Trustee and Board Members, and the diversity director. The students showed such strength in their willingness to be vulnerable with us and I am filled with hope and energy after being present for it.”
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  • Monica Zhang '21

    Monica Zhang '21 attended the National Association of Independent Schools Student Diversity Leadership ConferenceI learned how much I live in a bubble at NA, and I also learned how to listen. It was only through deep listening of others' struggles that I was able to open my eyes to the world around me and truly see how privileged I am within and without the NA community. Listening does not just mean hearing what someone is saying only to immediately reply and cut them off; to truly listen means to process someone's words and respond in a manner focusing on them and not yourself. I realized that when a friend tries to talk to me about an issue, I always try to relate it to a problem I experienced; however, I learned from SDLC that it is important to stop magnetizing your own problems, especially when your peers need you the most. I hope to share this skill of deep listening with my NA community.”

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Director of Equity and Inclusion

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Diversity News

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  • NA Participates in Successful People of Color Conference

    13 adult members of the Newark Academy community attended the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference (PoCC), while six students attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) November.
     
    The flagship of NAIS’ commitment to equity and justice in teaching and learning, this year’s PoCC theme was “Equitable Schools and Inclusive Communities: Harmony Discord & the Notes in Between.” Through workshops, networking events, seminars, speaker presentations and group work, the conference equipped NA leadership, staff and faculty members with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to enhance the school culture. 
     
    NA students who attended SDLC had ample opportunities to enhance their cross-cultural communications skills and gained a better understanding of the development of effective strategies for social justice. 
     
    We asked NA student Monica Zhang ’21, Humanities Department Chair Jeff Vinikoor and Alumni Board of Governors member Kumar Ghafoor ’10 a couple of the same questions before and after the trip to get different perspectives. Here’s what the three had to say:
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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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