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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Equity and Inclusion News and Events

List of 3 news stories.

  • Newark Academy Hosts Inaugural New Jersey Students of Color Conference

    Newark Academy will host the first New Jersey Students of Color Conference (NJSCC) on May 4, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Newark Academy.
     
    Organized by students, for students, the NJSCC aims to offer a unique setting that centers around the experiences of self-identified students of color, similar to the Natitoanl Association of Independent School People of Color Conference. Upper School students of color from regional independent schools in northern New Jersey are invited to gather and connect with one another to further social dialogue both within their respective communities and across institutions. The chosen theme of the inaugural conference is “Fulfilling the Possibility of Solidarity among Communities of Color.” This theme acknowledges the many challenges posed by the complexities of identities that are a source of strength in communities of color, but also the sites of many fissures. Space is limited so please complete the registration form by April 26.
     
    The agenda of this daylong conference will engage attendees in student-led conversations and dialogues, affinity groups and planning for future meetings. 
     
    Conference Agenda
    9 a.m. - Breakfast and Registration
    9:30 a.m. - Student Leaders Speak – Making Change 101
    10:30 a.m. - Affinity Groups
    11:30 a.m. - Restorative Justice Circles
    12:30 p.m. - Lunch and Student Performances
    2:45 p.m. - Naming Common Ground
    2:30 p.m. - Planning for the Future
     
    While students are engaged in their work throughout the day, equity, and inclusion officers and representatives from schools that are in attendance will take the opportunity to meet with one another, share strategies, and discuss ways to support one another and collaborate in the future.
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  • Newark Academy's Umoja Club Marks Beginning of Black History Month

    Feb. 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month and members of Newark Academy’s Umoja’s Club presented at Morning Meeting to commemorate this special month. They highlighted and honored the many African Americans who have had major impacts on American History. NA is a place where students learn and grow as citizens of the world and morning meeting presentations like these are just some of the meaningful ways the NA community comes together.
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  • Newark Academy‚Äôs Inaugural MLK Day of Service a Success

    While there were no classes in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, more than 100 attendees participated in Newark Academy’s inaugural MLK Day of Service on January 21. With sponsorship from the Community Service Council, Black and Latino Families Network, Alumni, Board of Governors, Office of Equity and Inclusion and NAPA Engagement and Inclusion Committee, as well as help from NA Student clubs, including the Asian Diversity Group, Do Something Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, Hubun, Indian Club, Mi Casa, POWER and Umoja, the participants spent a day of frigid temperatures as a collective community warming others’ life.
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