NJ Educators: Help Identify Potential Award Recipients by Nominating Outstanding High-School Students in Passaic & Bergen Counties

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — The American Conference on Diversity Greater Bergen Chapter is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the inaugural Youth Leadership Award, which will recognize outstanding high-school students aged 13 to 18. New Jersey high-school principals, educators, and administrators in Bergen and Passaic counties are invited to nominate students who have demonstrated a commitment to creating a more welcoming and inclusive school community.”The Greater Bergen Chapter is excited to begin this new tradition of honoring the work that our youth carry out in their communities, and it is our hope that this award will further bring awareness to the youth of the Greater Bergen county area of the important work of the American Conference of Diversity,” says Chapter Chair S. Craig Mourton, Assistant Provost for Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus.Students selected to receive the Youth Leadership Award will be honored at the Greater Bergen Chapter’s Humanitarian Awards Breakfast in October. Nominations are due by June 21 and can be submitted online by visiting….Nominees will be evaluated based on a commitment to:

►Follow the American Conference on Diversity mission to value diversity, educate and empower leaders, and promote respect

Provide leadership, community, or public service or to support organizations or institutions that improve the quality of life for other students

►Advocate on behalf of diverse individuals or groups, instead of standing by or ignoring bullying, intimidation, or behavior contrary to inclusion

Work actively to break down racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation/expression, and other barriers between diverse groups

►Promote harmony, unity, multiculturalism, acceptance, and social justice

Note: No more than three students can be nominated per school and nominees must be under the age of 18. Youth older than 18 and youth groups can be nominated for a Chapter Humanitarian Award by visiting

“This is our 65th anniversary, a milestone year for the American Conference on Diversity. Inaugurating a Youth Leadership Award is a wonderful way to honor our 65 years of creating diverse and inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities throughout New Jersey,” says the American Conference on Diversity President and CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley.

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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 to learn more.

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