Equity and Inclusion News and Events

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  • Newark Academy to Host Second Annual New Jersey Students of Color Conference

    Newark Academy will host the second annual New Jersey Students of Color Conference (NJSCC) on February 29. Students of color from regional independent schools in northern New Jersey are invited to gather and connect with one another in order to further social dialogue both within their respective communities and across institutions. The theme of this year’s conference is Internalized Oppression and Self-Love Within Identities of Color.
     
    Attendees will hear from keynote speaker Nyle Fort, who is a minister, activist, and scholar based in Newark, NJ. He has worked in education, criminal justice, and youth development for over a decade in various capacities including: the National Director of Communities Against Militarized Police; Founder and Co-Director of the Organizing Praxis Lab at Princeton University; and lead trainer at Momentum, an activist incubator that builds large-scale social movements in the United States and around the world.
     
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  • Newark Academy Presents Don S. Polite Jr. as Black History Month Speaker

    Don S. Polite Jr. will address The Burden of Respectable Behavior: Race and Gender Under the U.S. Jim Crow Empire on February 19 at 6 p.m. in Newark Academy’s Middle School Commons. Mr. Polite, NA’s featured speaker during Black History Month, is a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American and Caribbean History at the University of South Carolina, is the featured speaker. He is a recipient of the Gilder-Lehrman Research Fellowship, the Grace Jordan McFadden Scholars Program Fellowship, and the Southern Regional Education Board Dissertation Writing Fellowship.
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  • NAPA Hosts Annual International Dinner

    The IB/Advanced dance class performed a Chinese dance choreographed by Newark Academy Mandarin Teacher Fan Luo at the annual International Dinner hosted by the Newark Academy Parents Association (NAPA) on January 21. The dinner started with trivia and was followed by additional performances in order to unite the NA community. All were welcome and there was no charge for admission. Guests were asked to simply bring a dish to share from their cultural heritage.
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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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