December 17, 2019 Invitation

Dear Dr. Foster,

I am writing on behalf of the Director of the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights to invite you and members of the Robbinsville school district to a community listening session being hosted by the Interagency Task Force to Combat Youth Bias on December 17th from 6-8pm at Trenton Central High School, 400 Chambers St, Trenton, NJ 08609.

The Task Force is hosting 5 Community Listening Sessions around the State to hear from stakeholders, including parents and students victimized by bias, and those working with children to address stereotyping, bias, intolerance and hate.

We would be grateful if you or a designee wanted to attend and share with us any experience or initiatives you have with combatting bias within the Robbinsville school district. We would also appreciate your assistance in ensuring that Robbinsville staff, students, and parents are made aware of the session and invited to attend. Ideally, if you are able to send the attached flyer home with students and otherwise disseminate it within your school buildings and on any social media accounts, we would be tremendously grateful.

In addition, we would respectfully ask that you inform your school community that anyone who is either unable to attend the session or uncomfortable speaking in a public forum is welcome to submit anonymous written comments. Written comments need not be formal, and the window for written comments will be open until January 6, 2020. They can be submitted either at this link or by emailing forums@NJCivilRights.gov. The Task Force will consider all written comments before preparing a final report, including comprehensive policy recommendations, early next year.

More information about the listening sessions can be found here. The written charge of the task force is:   

  • Studying the root causes of hate, bias, and intolerance in schools and universities and among students and young adults;
  • Examining and evaluating existing programs and strategies that are administered by executive departments and agencies to address hate, bias, and intolerance in schools and among students and young adults;
  • Reviewing existing law and procedures related to bias in schools and among students and young adults;
  • Reviewing existing programs, curricula, and strategies that aim to address hate, bias, and intolerance among students and young adults and in schools by creating connections and breaking stereotypes;
  • Recommending any necessary changes to existing programs and strategies that are administered by executive departments and agencies and existing law and procedures; and
  • Recommending how executive departments, agencies, and schools should act to reduce hate, bias, and intolerance in schools and among New Jersey’s students and young adults.

Please let us know if you might be able to participate, and please spread the word about the session in Trenton to your network and to anyone who may be interested in providing feedback to the Taskforce.

Thank you so much!

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