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Diversity Committee

Camden County Diversity Training

On November 15, 2018, some Haddon Heights administrators attended the Camden County Curriculum Diversity Training meeting. The meeting is part of a year long series on equity training by Judith Wilson.

Last month was focused on the importance of student belonging, faculty efficacy and understanding bias in our lives. The body of our work this month included a close look at some model practices across the country as districts make concerted efforts to promote student and staff appreciation for diversity; implement restorative justice practices; open more opportunities for student learning; and increase student voice.

HBCU College Fair

In 1999, Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) College Fair was founded as a nonprofit/volunteer organization that partners with local schools and community organizations to help promote higher education opportunities throughout the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York areas. In 2003, The Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair partnered with the NJ Department of Education to expand the reach of their services. In 2018, Malcolm Bernard HBCU Fair celebrated its 20th anniversary of providing HBCU with diverse and qualified applicants. In this same year, Haddon Heights sponsored its first trip to the Malcolm Bernard HBCU College Fair.

The Registration and preparation for the HCBU College Fair began in the summer when the Supervisor of Pupil Services registered the Haddon Heights School District to attend the fair. In October, the Guidance Department went into the Senior homerooms and asked for interested students to sign up for the fair. Three weeks prior to the November 13th fair, participating students met with Guidance Counselors and the Supervisor of Pupil Services where they completed an online profile and were taught interviewing skills and appropriate interviewing attire. Guidance Counselors also created folders for each student attending the fair which included several official copies of their transcript, SAT scores, and registration codes.

On the day of the Malcolm Bernard HBCU Fair, Haddon Heights High School had 12 out of the 19 students who attended accepted to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, with 27 acceptances offered in all. Four students received partial or full scholarships. Two students were accepted into the NJ Rising Scholars Program which is funded by the NJ Amistad Commission for students who are interested in attending any Historically Black College and University. Students selected for the Rising Scholars Program are eligible for partial and full scholarships.

The list of HBCU that Haddon Heights High School students were accepted to include:
Bennett College
Bethune Cookman University
Delaware State
Hampton University
Morgan State Lincoln University
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A&T
Shaw University
Texas Southern University
Tuskegee University
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Winston- Salem State
Virginia State University

Diversity Committee Meeting

Mr. Rosen, Diversity Committee Chairperson, notes from the November 11, 2018 meeting are listed below:

We started the meeting with an overview of what our student panel has discussed in previous meetings. Students have talked about becoming more accommodating and accepting of our Middle Eastern students. As a panel, we discussed creating interest lunches for students of all sending districts to come together. Students also asked for all 8th grade student government members to automatically be entered as 9th grade members as well. They felt it would better represent all four communities. Another issue raised was the need for a gender neutral restroom. This will be further discussed at our next meeting after Thanksgiving break. One of our goals is to hold a multicultural fair in the Spring.

Our community panel discussed questions that we should use on an upcoming student survey. The survey will poll students on their experiences in school based on ethnicity, race, and gender. Small groups created questions that they felt should be included on the survey. For our next community meeting, a draft of the survey will be unveiled to discuss and edit.

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