America’s Unfinished Business: Inherent Police Bias

By Elizabeth Williams-Riley The sobering statistics in this article along with the legacy of injustice toward Black males and inherent bias by law enforcement contribute strongly to today’s gulf of mistrust between law enforcement and communities. The image of the dangerous and violent Black male is rooted in the desire for freedom during captivity as…

American Conference on Diversity Statement on the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

  With the St. Louis County grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., the American Conference on Diversity supports reforms that would help end unnecessary police shootings from occurring in the future. The organization would like this tragic incident to increase…

“Diversity Issues in Higher Education” Conference Tackles Critical Issues for Social Change

“We need a collective understanding of diversity to create actions that positively change our environment,” said Sophie Howlett, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Learning Support and Director of Accreditation and Assessment at Kean University (shown above), during the opening remarks at the Diversity Issues in Higher Education conference on November 14. Titled “The Changing Face…

NJ’s Premier Diversity Issues in Higher Education Conference – Dedicated to the Memory of Rutgers Dr. Clement Price

Note: In honor of the recent loss of Rutgers University Dr. Clement Alexander Price (1945 – 2014), this year’s conference will be dedicated to his legacy. Dr. Price taught history at the Newark campus, where he was a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor, and was an American Conference on Diversity 2004 Humanitarian Award honoree. The 14th Annual…

100+ Future Diversity Leaders Aim to “Change the Game” in the Garden State

“Best week of my life. A new family and a place to call home”…“I’m seriously crying right now – this experience changed my life”…”Can’t wait to make a difference in the world!” Sophomore, junior, and senior high-school students from 20 schools across New Jersey who participated in American Conference on Diversity’s Lead for Diversity (LFD)…

Diversity Stride 2014 Walk-a-Thon Raises Funds to Educate & Empower Tomorrow’s Leaders!

Corporate leaders, educators, administrators, students, community groups, families, and volunteers from throughout the tri-state area descended on Buccleuch Park in New Brunswick, NJ, on June 14 to help raise funds for the American Conference on Diversity’s 14th Annual Diversity Stride Walk-a-Thon. Each year, the walk supports our signature youth leadership-development program called Lead for Diversity,…

2014 Ann Marley Spirit Award Recipient

David Persaud, Lincoln High School (S. Yeghiazaryan, Art Specialist) Jameeria Gross, Jersey City ARTS High School (C. Frazier-Art Specialist) Nyoki Jones,  Jersey City ARTS High School (J. Ward-Art Specialist) Daniela Coca, Jersey City ARTS High School (J. DiFeo-Art Specialist) Alisa Reid, Jersey City ARTS High School (P. Yuscavage-Art Specialist) Geraldine Ligon, McNair (N. DiRienzo, Art Specialist) Charlotte Marino, McNair…

Summer Programs

President & CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley discusses Lead for Diversity and the Summer Educators’ Institute.

New Jersey Students Step Up to Lead for Diversity!

Leveraging Diversity for a Better Educational Experience in Our Schools The American Conference on Diversity staff is ramping up for the annual Lead for Diversity (LFD) program, a year-long initiative that will begin July 13 with an intensive six-day residential retreat in Pennsylvania. This year, teams of students entering grades 10, 11, and 12 from…