PRINCETON, N.J. - The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, a community activist center, educational enclave and dedicated safe-space in Princeton welcomed Maplewood Councilperson Dean Dafis to its Board of Directors this week.

The first openly-gay elected official in Maplewood and a tireless advocate for not only the LGBTQIA community but indeed all our communities, Dafis joins an already incredibly diverse board dedicated to the mission of the BRCSJ: giving voice to those who are marginalized, forgotten, bullied or otherwise underserved by the present systems in place.

This is done in the center's physical space as well on a local and indeed national level by offering focused programming, diverse events, outreach and advocacy that is concentrated on civics, community activism, and cultural instruction and appreciation that is aligned with the center's vision to educate, enlighten and empower.

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Other members of this August board include Coalition for Peace Action's the Rev. Bob Moore, Clarion River Group founder and workers' rights advocate David Sailer, Beyond Diversity Executive Director Robin Parker, GLSEN Central NJ former Co-Chair Carol Watchler, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom Haydon, Center for Medicare Advocacy Senior Attorney Wey-Wey Kwok, eCaring Chief Operating Officer Pamela Hall, Morgan Stanley Executive Director of Wealth Management Alicia S. Rich, and Ex-Officio Member and Chief Activist Robt Seda-Schreiber.

"Dean represents our first new board member since the inception of the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice and he is the ideal individual to help us move forward. He encompasses in his own journey the true strength of our center - perseverance and triumph over adversity to become a strong advocate and a stalwart ally, giving a voice to the voiceless and being a friend to the friendless. He will truly be a force both at our center and in the greater community for many years to come," said BRCSJ Chief Activist Robt Seda-Schreiber.

To learn more about the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, visit the website,