Equity and Inclusion Team

The mission of Newark Academy’s Equity and Inclusion Team (EIT) 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.

EIT is comprised of students who have successfully applied to join the team, faculty from the Middle and Upper school, and administrators. Members of the EIT serve as ambassadors for –and group leaders in– the work of the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

2020-21 Equity and Inclusion Team

Faculty and Staff Members

Kristin Duszak, Associate Dean of Student Life
Rochelle Edwards, 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


Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors are a group of student leaders who have committed to act as ambassadors of the work of the Office of Equity and Inclusion at Newark Academy. Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors serve as liaisons between the office of Equity and Inclusion and its affiliated student organizations, actively participate in campus-wide diversity and inclusion events, and engage in off-campus conferences and student leadership development opportunities.

Student Clubs

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. NA empowers students to take an active role in this work.

Thirteen of the more than 60 student clubs on campus are affiliated with the Office of Equity and Inclusion. These clubs have articulated missions that are closely tied to the vision for creating a diverse, inclusive and equitable community at NA. These clubs are encouraged and supported to collaborate with one another on developing events and presentations in the spirit of intersectionality. 

Identity-Based Affinity Groups

Within independent schools, identity-based affinity groups are implemented as a way of recognizing the need, and benefits, for students to connect with and support one another in developing a positive self-image as members of various social identity groups. Thus, this coming academic year, Identity-Based Affinity Groups will be developed and approved through the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
This new opportunity for Upper School students has the following as its starting premise:
  • we all have personal identities and social identities,
  • throughout the lives of all students, especially as they go through adolescence, they experience the tension that exists between their personal identities and their social identities,
  • it is the job of educators to support students with positive social identity development -- understanding how their social group memberships impact the ways they are perceived by others, how they perceive others, and how they interact with one another across difference.
As implemented in the upper school, faculty or staff who ideally self-identify within the parameters of the affinity group will serve as moderators/facilitators. In this role, they will set ground rules, create agendas, support voluntary involvement of participants in the group, pose questions to attendees for discussion, and gather data about possible issues or challenges that need to be addressed to better support students. Approved groups will meet twice per semester or monthly (as needed). Identity-based affinity groups in the Upper School will not operate in silos. Rather, there will be continued and intentional opportunities for all members of the NA community to engage the diversity of our student body

Active affinity groups will be listed on the Office of Equity and Inclusion webpage.

Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors 2020-21

Alana Akiwumi ’22
Rahul Arora ’26
Leo Caplan ’23
Ben Chaddha ‘21
Siddharth Chalasani ’22
Sophia Chen ’22
Kaitlyn Chee ‘21
Navyaa Jain ‘23
Elena Koestel ‘23
Graves Marshall ’23
Isabela McNeilly-Anta ‘23
Julia Li ‘23
Milanis Rivas ‘22
Makenzie Smith ‘23
Rebecca Shan ‘23
Michaela Wang ‘21
Yavan Vyas ‘23

Student Clubs Affiliated with the Office of Equity and Inclusion

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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.
  • Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

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

  • Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Club

  • Human Rights Club

  • Hubun

  • 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.
  • Mi Casa Club

    The purpose of the Mi Casa Club to provide exposure to Hispanic/Latino heritage, to create awareness for cultural differences, and create an appreciation for our culture in both the school setting and in the broader community. 
  • POWER (People Organizing for Women's Empowerment and Rights)

  • Supporting Women in STEM

  • Think Tank

  • Umoja Club

    Umoja 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.