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Step Up to Fight Hate at the 16th Annual Diversity Stride Walk in Jersey City

Diversity Stride Walk Ribbon Cutting Credits: Photography by J Foster Imagery
Enjoy music at Diversity Stride  Credits: Photography by J Foster Imagery
Come down to volunteer for Diversity Stride Walk  Credits: Photography by J Foster Imagery
Get your face painted at Diversity Stride  Credits: Photography by J Foster Imagery

As hate hits an historic high mark, the American Conference on Diversity is calling on corporate employees, fraternities/sororities, educators, youth service organizations, community and faith leaders, students and families to take a step in the right direction!

Join hundreds of change agents throughout the tri-state area on Sunday, June 26, at the 16th annual Diversity Stride Walk to help raise funds in support of much-needed diversity education programs to fight hate. Participation will have a direct impact on tomorrow’s leaders, helping to educate, empower, and make youth more employable through the organization’s Lead for Diversity Institute. This program was launched in 1995 and has more than 3,000 graduates. The program graduates have the capacity to reach 20,000 students in our schools districts each year through their diversity and inclusion (D&I) Action Plans created with their teams during the institute.

“Proceeds from Diversity Stride allow us to demonstrate to youth the value of self-respect and acceptance. In addition, the students are prepared to enter the workforce and navigate some of the complexities of diversity and inclusion,” says American Conference on Diversity President and CEO Elizabeth Williams-Riley.

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The fun-filled 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 healthy 5K walk around the Statue of Liberty, walkers can:

►Help us select the 2016 Hudson County student Diversity Stride poster art winners! At Diversity Stride, you will also find out the 2016 Ann Marley Spirit Award winner. (Read about last year’s talented winners here.)

►Learn more about D&I initiatives and pick up giveaways at our exhibitor tables

►Enjoy music by DJ TeeRamz, face painting, and cultural entertainment – the inner-city youth dance company, The Kennedy Dancers, will perform a fusion of modern, theatrical jazz and Samba

►Meet new people and make it a FAMILY FUN DAY!

Watch our Diversity Stride video to see more.

Whether you join Diversity Stride Walk as an individual or start a Walk team, you must register. 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. Employees can also maximize their gift at no extra cost through their employer matching gifts program.

Diversity Stride Volunteers Needed Please contact Pat Jones at or 973-672-3212 for details. Demonstrate your commitment to creating a more just society and join our sponsors: Berkeley College,  Jersey City Office of Diversity and Inclusion, New Jersey Resources, Provident Bank, PSEG, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

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 to learn more.

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