NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Lace up on your walking shoes and join the 2013 Anniversary Diversity Stride Walk-a-Thon May 19 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J., to enjoy a leisurely walk along the waterfront promenade, live entertainment including an African drum circle and Egyptian belly dancing, and breathtaking views of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.Diversity Stride is complimentary and open to all individuals and organizational teams. Registration for the annual Diversity Stride Walk-a-thon will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the step off and ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m.

Besides investing in your health by stepping into shape, this exciting event helps:

►Raise Funds for Youth Education & Leadership Development Programs – Money generated during the Walk-a-Thon supports the American Conference on Diversity’s Youth Leadership Institute programs, designed to build knowledge and skills around diversity, anti-bullying, and social-justice issues for tomorrow’s leaders. Some of our youth initiatives include Manytown (regional human-relations youth forums), Awareness to Action (customized interactive youth workshops), College Connection (for higher-education students to create both personal and intellectual learning), and our signature Lead for Diversity (LFD), a year-long program that begins with an intensive summer residential retreat experience. LFD brings teams of students from high schools across New Jersey together to engage in experiential workshops, small group discussions, and action planning around social justice and diversity issues. During the summer, student teams work together to create an action plan specific to their school or district, which they implement during the ensuing school year. The action plan has the potential to reach the entire school population. Annually, our LFD schools’ action plans impact an estimated 20,000 New Jersey students. To learn more about our youth-education programs, visithttp://americanconferenceondiversity.org/youth-collegiate… or email Pam@AmericanConferenceOnDiversity.

“Each year, LFD student delegates bring so much to their schools and are a wonderful rainbow of people,” said Immediate Past Chair of the American Conference on Diversity and Day Pitney LLP Partner Robert G. Rose, Esq., during the Diversity Stride kickoff lunch. “Students who complete the program not only learn respect, but they bring that back to their communities. That’s why we’ve supported this program for more than 30 years!”

Promote Community Unity – Held in one of the most diverse states in the nation, Diversity Stride Walk-a-Thon ensures our neighbors of all races, ethnicities, faiths, abilities, sexual orientations and identities/expressions, and ages know that they are valued and respected. “After all, valuing diversity and promoting respect are part of what our work is all about,” says the American Conference on Diversity President and CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley.

Expand Your Personal Network – Each year, hundreds of walkers register for Diversity Stride, and even more are anticipated this year as the American Conference on Diversity celebrates 65 years of valuing diversity, educating leaders, and promoting respect throughout New Jersey. “Bring your family and friends and be part of a monumental year for us—our anniversary—to help us raise our goal of $100,000!” says Williams-Riley. Refreshments, face painting, and games for children will also be provided.

Build Teamwork & Employee Engagement – The American Conference on Diversity welcomes teams from each sector of our society, including the corporate community, places of worship, families, schools, universities, government agencies, and community organizations. To start a Walk team, select a team name, a fundraising goal, and register at http://2013diversitystride.kintera.org or call 732-745-9330 for a Team Captain Kit. Complimentary team photos will be taken at the event. The American Conference on Diversity will also help your team stay on track to reach your fundraising goal. Contact us to schedule a team-building appointment!

Earn Prizes – Walkers who raise $75 or more will receive a Diversity Stride T-shirt on Walk Day. Walkers raising $125 or more are eligible to receive a variety of prizes. To help you collecting more than $100 in pledges in just 10 days and other event details, please visit http://2013diversitystride.kintera.org. Employees can also maximize their gift at no extra cost through their employer matching gifts program. Check with your employer.

The 2013 Anniversary Diversity Stride sponsors include ADP, Atlantic Health System, Day Pitney LLP, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, and PSEG. To help spread the word about Diversity Stride via social media, please use the hashtag #DiversityStride13.

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 eight chapters to help us to educate and empower leaders and bring our messages of inclusion and respect to communities throughout New Jersey: Atlantic County Chapter, Bayonne Chapter, Central Jersey Chapter, Essex County Chapter, Greater Bergen Chapter, Hudson County Chapter, Jersey Shore Chapter, and Mercer County Chapter. Visit www.AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org to learn more.

Contact:
Gail Zoppo
Media Relations Consultant
109 Church Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
gail@AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org
732-745-9330 x35

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