Newark LGBTQ Community Center

Community Conversations

Menendez Hosts Virtual Roundtable with NJ LGBTQ+ Advocates
June 23, 2020
Our Executive Director, Beatrice Simpkins, participated in a virtual meeting with New Jersey Senator Menendez and other LGBTQ+ leaders to discuss the impact of COVID19 on the LGBTQ community and shared information on the his work in the senate on important issues related to legislation and resources to fight the pandemic in New Jersey and across the country.

Coming soon will be more information about engaging LGBTQ+ people and people of color in clinical trials related to the development of effective treatments and vaccines. People of color and LGBTQ+ people are historically underrepresented in clinical trials as new medical breakthroughs and treatments are developed. 

A Safe Space and an Important Partnership with Newark Public Library June 24, 2020
The Executive Director, Beatrice Simpkins and Rachel Paulus – the LGBTQ Liaison Librarian at Newark Public Library discuss the one year anniversary of the partnership between the Newark Public Library and the Center. Thomas Ankner moderated the conversation.

A Discussion about Black LGBTQIA+ Lives – in Collaboration with the Newark Public Library – August 13, 2020

August 12, 2020 – Newark Board of Education and Montclair State University.

The Newark Board of Education and Montclair State University have collaborated to create a Master’s degree bearing educational leadership program for aspiring school leaders that is focused on urban education in general and the Newark public school community in particular. The district, along with 90 or so other districts from around the country, is a member of the Wallace Foundation’s Principal Pipeline Learning Community. This program, the Newark/Montclair Leadership Pipeline Program (NMLPP), is an extension of that work and we are extremely excited to get things off the ground!

The first cohort of aspiring school leaders has been accepted into the NMLPP and an orientation was held on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Part of that orientation was a small panel of school community stakeholders who can share their organizations’ perspectives on leadership in the district and what they feel is needed from the next generation of leaders to support their work. The Newark LGBTQ Community Center’s Executive Director was recommended to participate on this panel that was conducted virtually.

The panel was able to share some important insights to this new group of teaching and administrative leadership that will help direct the future of schools and how those schools respond to the diverse communities, students, and families they serve.

The Center is thankful for this opportunity and thank you to Matthew J. Brewster, Ed.M. For more information on this program, you can contact Matthew J. Brewster, Ed.M. | Director | Office of Staff Development at Newark Board of Education | 765 Broad Street Newark NJ 07103, (973) 733-7241, Fax: (973-733-6768)