Luing Family Photo

The American Conference on Diversity will pay tribute to the humanitarian spirit of the Luing family with the 2016 Legacy Award on Thursday, April 7. Similar to the mission of our organization to create inclusive workplaces, communities, and schools, the Luings are dedicated to supporting a welcoming career-focused educational environment for a diverse student population, representing nearly 100 countries.

As the stockholders of the regionally accredited Berkeley College, brothers Kevin, Randy, Tim, and Brian Luing have placed their imprimatur on teaching and learning excellence by delivering a student-centered approach that educates and provides a pathway to the American dream. The patriarch of the Luing family legacy is Larry L. Luing, who was born into a family of educators. (Larry’s great-grandfather authored one of the first algebra books to be published, and many family members were teachers.) Larry enjoyed a successful career in publishing, working for the Gregg Division of the McGraw-Hill Book Company, where he sold business textbooks to schools around the country. In 1965, while at McGraw-Hill, Larry was offered an opportunity to become a part owner of The Berkeley School. Larry later acquired all of the stock in the school, transforming it into a degree-granting institution that combined a college-based learning foundation, with the experiential aspects of a career-focused education. Established in 1931, Berkeley College served an all-female population of 50 students preparing for secretarial careers at a location in East Orange, NJ. By 1965, there were 946 female students enrolled in secretarial programs. Today, Berkeley College has more than 50,000 alumni, and encompasses a diverse population of more than 8,000 female and male students. Sixty-eight percent of the student body is female, and the majority of students are Black or Latino. Degree and certificate offerings span more than 20 programs of study at eight locations in New Jersey and New York and online and are offered through the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the new School of Graduate Studies.

Berkeley College and the Luing family have been proud supporters of the American Conference on Diversity since 2000, and have been a sponsor of the Humanitarian Dinner since 2007. Berkeley College students, faculty, and staff have also participated in the Diversity Stride Walk for the past 12 years, including 2010 when Kevin served as Chair of the Walk.

In addition to recognizing the Luings, the American Conference on Diversity will present awards to the following:

Seham Abdala, Director of Islamic Networks Group of New Jersey (Interfaith Diversity Champion Award)

Jennifer Allyn, Diversity Strategy Leader at PwC (Corporate Ambassador Award)

Deborah Dagit, Principal of Deb Dagit Diversity (Diversity Ambassador Award)

Sue Henderson, Ocean High School Counselor (Education Diversity Champion Award)

This year’s awards fundraiser is more important than ever because it supports education that opens minds to help end hate! The American Conference on Diversity’s mission is to build just and inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities through awareness, education, and advocacy. By bringing together top executives and community leaders, we hope to raise $300,000 to continue to provide diversity and inclusion services, including the signature Lead for Diversity Institute. The yearlong program has positively impacted the lives of more than 3,200 high-school students over the past two decades by providing leadership development so youth can take action against all forms of hate in their schools and communities.

In addition to networking, dining, and entertainment, this year’s fundraiser will include a silent auction of artwork, sports memorabilia, and fine jewelry items. The annual event will kick off with a stellar cocktail reception at 6 p.m. at the historic Pleasantdale Château (757 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052).

Seats are limited — and only a few remain! Purchase tickets today by contacting Gala Coordinator Barbara Getze at bgetze@aol.com or (800) 626-8097 today. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Want to demonstrate your commitment to youth leadership-development and diversity & inclusion? Various sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Dinner sponsors include: PwC, Prudential Financial (Executive Advisory Leadership), Berkeley College (Lead for Diversity), PSEG, Verizon (Executive Founder), BASF, Investors Bank, L’Oréal USA, New Jersey Natural Gas, NJM Insurance Group (Community Underwriters), ADP, Drinker Biddle, Genova Burns, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ, NAI James A. Hanson, and PNC Bank (Justice Sponsors).

About the American Conference on Diversity

The American Conference on Diversity is dedicated to building just and inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities through awareness, education, and advocacy. The nonprofit organization 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 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 Regional Community Networks covering all of New Jersey. Visit www.AmericanConferenceonDiversity.org to learn more.

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