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Reversing School Segregation in NJ: Lead for Diversity Helps to Break Down Barriers
As we mark the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education (http://www.uscourts.gov/
This past summer during our weeklong (http://americanconferenceondiversity.org/
On January 10, 83 LFD participants gathered at Georgian Court University for our Advanced Peer Leadership Training Reunion (http://americanconferenceondiversity.org/
Cedar Creek High School (Egg Harbor City)~ Held an Ability Status month during which they educated faculty about students living with disabilities to promote awareness of the various issues that people face based on their social identities.
Freehold Township High School (Freehold Township) ~ Created "I'm an Identity, But I'm Not a Stereotype" video portraying students disproving stereotypes. The video was presented to the entire school as well as to the municipal alliance. It will also be showcased at an upcoming town council meeting.
Kearny High School (Kearny) ~ Conducting ongoing monthly REACH out peer-leadership meetings to address issues related to social identity such as racism, gender oppression, and heterosexism and provide social-justice awareness.
Lakewood High School (Lakewood Township)~ Making an educational video and lesson guide about bias reduction that will be shared with all teachers across the district.
Princeton Day School (Princeton) ~ Plan to hold an assembly focused on socioeconomic status. The featured speaker will be Columbia University professor Shamus Rahman Khan, author of Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite.
St. Benedict's Preparatory School (Newark) ~ Will present “Verbal Dehumanization Towards Women,” a series of workshops and discussions on gender language to raise awareness of the impact of derogatory words.
Secaucus High School (Secaucus) ~ Developed a Peer Leadership Club for students who cannot fit a Peer Leadership class into their schedule. Thanks to their efforts, the school board approved a club advisor position in December. The student delegates will meet monthly to discuss the inappropriate, casual language used in school. Students will also hold a workshop during the school's Cultural Activity Day in April.
University Academy Charter High School (Jersey City)~ Using iPads to video record their peers’ experiences with diversity and stereotyping. The students will incorporate the interviews into a video presentation that they will share with the entire school population.
LFD as well as our other youth and collegiate initiatives, including School Swaps (http://americanconferenceondiversity.org/
►“Students consistently begged for us to bring LFD back to the school. I am a full-time coach and teacher, so I was already strapped for time. But the students are great, and even though I was busy, I wanted to do whatever I could to help them.”
►“Students made lesson plans for teachers to send to schools in the district, and they took the initiative to do it all on their own after LFD.”
CALL TO ACTION: Join our efforts to make this experience accessible for more students in NJ! Become a partner in education by sponsoring a school or making a contribution to provide scholarships for schools in underserved communities. (http://americanconferenceondiversity.org/
Learn more about how the American Conference on Diversity is empowering the next generation of leaders through diversity education here: http://americanconferenceondiversity.org/
About the American Conference on Diversity
The programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society. It is the unfinished business of living in a highly diverse nation: educating and empowering our next generation of leaders; enhancing our workplaces; and helping to create inclusive communities. The American Conference on Diversity, which has been serving schools, organizations, workplaces, and communities in New Jersey since 1948, builds on a historic mission and creates programs and activities relevant and vital to 21st Century life. It is a journey we can all take together. The American Conference on Diversity operates Regional Community Networks covering all of New Jersey. Visit www.AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org to learn more.
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