Honorees Sandra Karriem, Assistant General Counsel, Panasonic Corporation of North America; Community Volunteer & Activist, South Orange/Maplewood; Carlos Lejnieks, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties; and Dorthaan Kirk, Director of Community Relations and Special Events, WBGO Jazz 88.3 proudly display their Humanitarian Awards.
Assemblywoman Mila Jassey (D; 27th NJ legislative district) presented Legislative proclamations to the honorees.
Chapter board member Keith Green prepares to present Carlos Lejnieks with the chapter’s Humanitarian Award.
Carlos Lejnieks, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Hudson, Essex & Union Counties, presents remarks after accepting his Humanitarian Award. Carlos was a student delegate to NJ’s first Lead for Diversity program, then known as Anytown. He later returned as staff and in his remarks, thanked the program for changing his life.
Andrew Botwin, incoming Essex County Chapter Chair, presents Dorthaan Kirk with the Chapter’s Humanitarian Award.
Humanitarian Awards recipient Dorthaan Kirk, Director of Community Relations and Special Events, WBGO Jazz 88.3, delivers her remarks
Chapter board member Nekia Lewis, presentsSandra Karriem, Assistant General Counsel, Panasonic Corporation of North America; Community Volunteer & Activist, South Orange/Maplewood, with the chapter’s Humanitarian Award.
Sandra Karriem, Assistant General Counsel, Panasonic Corporation of North America; Community Volunteer & Activist, South Orange/Maplewood, presents her remarks after receiving the chapter’s Humanitarian Award.
Essex County Chapter Board Chair Brad Maneely welcomes guests to the Chapter’s Annual Humanitarian Award Reception and Program.
American Conference on Diversity President & CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley introduces the organization’s 65th Anniversary theme, Defining Moments in Diversity.
Rev. Dr. M. William Howard, Jr., Bethany Baptist Church (Newark), watches attentively as the American Conference on Diversity DEFINING MOMENTS IN DIVERSITY video is shown.
Guests enjoy the reception’s buffet and opportunity to meet and greet one another.
During the reception guests viewed poster art submitted by Essex County area high school students and selected their top three. Students created their artistic depiction of Defining Moments in Diversity in honor of American Conference on Diversity’s 65th Anniversary.
Following a buffet reception, guests enjoyed dessert, student speakers and award presentations.
Saint Vincent Academy student delegate to Lead for Diversity 2012 shares the impact the program had on her. Tatiyanna will be attending The College of NJ in fall 2013; her college essay was about her Lead for Diversity experience.
St. Benedict Preparatory School’s Lead for Diversity 2012 delegate shares how the program changed his perspective on life. Olivier told guests the school has implement Culture Cafes as a component of their Lead for Diversity Action Plan.
Chapter board member Judy Elliott-Pugh shares with guests how their $10 donation can help schools send students to Lead for Diversity.
Chapter board member Judy Elliott-Pugh encourages guests to donate $10 to help support the Lead for Diversity program.
After hearing student delegates to Lead for Diversity discuss the impact the program had on them and their schools, guests donate $10 and help support other students participate in the program.
Sandra Karriem’s daughter helps another guest donate $10 to Lead for Diversity.
1st Place POSTER ART CONTEST
Rachel, Grade 9, West Essex High School, North Caldwell
The picture I drew demonstrates how during a time of crisis, all Americans or people of the world in general can come together (disregarding race and gender) creating diversity and fighting for the country they love and the freedom they believe in. Along with freedom, one of our most important values as people is our diversity.
2nd Place POSTER ART CONTEST
Elettra, Grade 10, Essex County Vo-Tech, West Caldwell
Diversity is the similarities and differences that people have. In my piece, I wanted to show the similarities and differences the people have by using different elements in Photoshop. First I started off by adding a shape of a hand holding two fingers up symbolizing a peace sign. This shows that the world should be peaceful and no one should be judged because of his or her religion, nationality, language, sexuality and more. I covered the peace sign with similarities and differences that people have in the world. I then added a globe behind the peace sign and changed the color to black and white. I thought it would look better because it emphasize the black and white with the piece and excludes color which is the main point of Diversity. The theme of the project is defining moments in diversity; in addition to that, I wanted to add, “One world, one planet, one nation.” This quote means that everyone is equal and no one should be judged by who they are.
3rd Place (Tie) POSTER ART CONTEST
Gillian, Grade 9, Boonton High School, Boonton
My artwork represents the many different people in America. The hands, which spell out “DIVERSITY,” show the races, gender and ethnicity in people. I chose to draw hands instead of people because the hands are symbolic of our differences and work together to achieve harmony. The flag represents America, the land of diverse people.
I selected to do the project the way I did because I think it was an excellent way to present all of the components that I desired to include into one piece. I feel that all people are different in every way and yet we are all the same. I think it’s important to get along, as well. We do fantastic things every day and sometimes do not even realize it! Little things, like holding the door for one another, is one example. Many countries have diversity, but America is the country that makes it work!
3rd Place (Tie) POSTER ART CONTEST
Monica, Grade 10, Weequahic High School, Newark