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.

2018-19 Equity and Inclusion Team

Faculty and Staff
Kristin Duszak, Associate Dean of Student Life
Pegeen Galvin-Scott, Dean of Students
Gardy Guiteau, Director of Equity and Inclusion
Betsy LaPadula, English Teacher
Megan Rezvani, Health Teacher
Alexis Romay, Spanish Teacher
Mike Thayer, Chair, Math Department 

Samantha Burggraf ’19
David You ’19
Summer Peace ’19
David Afolabi ’20
Ruqaiyyah Lucas-Caldwell '20
Ava Sharahy ’20
Lori Sun ’20
Jacqueline Taylor ’20
Elanor Thomas ’20
Joyce Wang ’20
Pravan Chakravarthy ’21
Henry Chandonnet ’21
Alexa Guastello ’21 
Lucy Alaeto ’22
Lauren Freed ’22
Amaani Jetley ’22 

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. 

Student Clubs Affiliated with the Office of Equity and Inclusion

List of 13 items.

  • 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

    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.