Fight bias, bigotry, and racism one step at a time during the 15th Annual Diversity Stride Walk in Hudson County, NJ, to benefit our Youth Leadership Institute

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Corporate employees, fraternities/sororities, educators, nonprofits, community and faith leaders, and families: Unite with hundreds of change agents in the tri-state area on Saturday, June 6, at the American Conference on Diversity’s 15th Annual Diversity Stride Walk-a-Thon to help raise funds in support of our diversity education programs. Your participation will have a direct impact on New Jersey’s future leaders. Together let’s walk the talk!

“Together, we can help more schools throughout New Jersey send their students to our Lead for Diversity program,” says American Conference on Diversity President and CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley. “Our student delegates create Action Plans that tackle issues of anti-bullying, anti-discrimination, and hate — and they’re truly making a positive difference in our schools and communities.” NJ is one our nation’s most diverse states and each year we come together at Diversity Stride to demonstrate just how much we value diversity and promote respect.

The action-packed day will begin at 10:30 a.m., with the step-off at 11:30 a.m., at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ! In addition to enjoying a scenic 5K walk around the Statue of Liberty, attendees will be able to:

►Vote for the Annual Diversity Stride Poster Art winners and view the Ann Marley Spirit Award presentation (Read about last year’s winners here.)

►Participate in games and giveaways

►Join in on pre-walk stretching exercises from Complete Health Network

►Enjoy music from DJ Jesse and live cultural entertainment from TerpsiXorians Hellenic Dance Group of New Jersey, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting Greek traditions and customs

►Get face-paintings and giveaways

►Have snacks and bottled water

Whether you join Diversity Stride Walk as an individual or start a Walk team, you must register at http://acod-diversitystride.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1132240. Can’t attend? You can still participate by registering and taking a virtual walk.

Complimentary team photos will be taken at the event. Walkers who raise $75 or more will receive a Diversity Stride t-shirt on Walk Day. Plus, a raffle basket will be awarded to the team captain who signs up the most walkers. Employees can also maximize their gift at no extra cost through their employer matching gifts program. Interested in becoming a Diversity Stride volunteer? Please contact Pat Jones at pjones@jmcreativeenterprises.com or 973-672-3212 for details.

Join our partners BASF, PSEG, Investors Bank, Provident Bank, ADP, New Jersey City University (NJCU), New Jersey Natural Gas, and others as we join forces at Diversity Stride! Additional sponsorships are available. Special thanks to NJCU for holding the 7th Annual Silent Auction for Diversity from April 20 to 30. To view the art gallery and place bids, please visit: http://svillamizar.wix.com/silent-auction. The NJCU Office of Campus Life also held a yard sale with proceeds donated to the American Conference on Diversity.

Your participation helps support the American Conference on Diversity’s Lead for Diversity (LFD) initiative, which begins with a summer residential retreat experience. The program brings teams of students from high schools across New Jersey together. Students create Action Plans specific to their school district, which they implement throughout the school year. Each year, the LFD schools’ action plans impact an estimated 20,000 New Jersey students.

Corporate volunteers: Experience our LFD summer session firsthand! Join us on Thursday, July 16, during our special “Corporate Volunteer Day” at the Pocono Environmental Education Center in Dingmans Ferry, PA. You can work with the student teams and their advisors to develop the Action Plans and experience the powerful impact LFD has on communities. For more information, please contact our office at 732-745-9330 to register volunteers. Space is limited and registration fees apply. Registration fees will cover round-trip transportation of volunteers and meals for the day.

About the American Conference on Diversity

The American Conference on Diversity was founded in 1948 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Today, 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 builds on an 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.

 

Contact:

Gail Zoppo

Media Relations Consultant

109 Church Street

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

gail@AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org

732-745-9330