The Interagency Task Force to Combat Youth Bias is hosting four (4) community listening sessions to hear from members of the public. If you or your child has been impacted by bias, intolerance or prejudice, we want to hear from you.
The Task Force is seeking public input regarding the impact of youth bias in New Jersey in order to develop a better understanding of how we can combat and prevent bias, hate, intolerance and prejudice in New Jersey’s schools and universities and among New Jersey’s children, students, and young adults.
Where and When
November 13, 2019 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
170 College Ave, New Brunswick, New Jersey
November 20, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Donovan Catholic High School
711 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, New Jersey
November 21, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
John Wesley United Methodist Church
90 Matthew Brown Way, Bridgeton, New Jersey
November 25, 2019 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Mount Olive Baptist Church
260 Central Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey
How Do I Participate?
- If you would like to attend or speak at a community listening session,
click here to let us know you’re coming! Registration will help us ensure that there is enough space for everyone, but is not required. If you do not register in advance, you are still welcome to attend and/or speak at a listening session.
- Requests for accommodation and interpretation can also be made through the
registration link. Please make all such requests at least seven days prior to the listening session.
- If you do not wish to speak at the listening sessions, but would still like to share your experience or recommendations, you can submit written comments until December 15th by clicking here or by emailing forums@NJCivilRights.gov.
If you do not wish to speak at a listening session, but would still like to share your story and/or recommendations for how to combat youth bias, please click here to submit written comments or email your comment to forums@NJCivilRights.gov. You may submit this written comment without identifying yourself.
- If you do not wish to identify yourself, you may register and/or speak at the listening sessions anonymously.
- Oral remarks will be limited to 3 minutes per person.
- Members of the press will be invited to attend the listening sessions, but will be instructed to not share any identifying information and/or images to protect the confidentiality of members of the public who choose to speak, absent explicit written permission from the individuals involved (and, if the individual is a minor, the press will be instructed not to share identifying information or images absent explicit written permission from the minor’s parent or guardian).
- The Task Force is comprised of members from the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights; the New Jersey Department of Education; the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education; the New Jersey Department of Children and Families; the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness; the New Jersey State Police; the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice; and the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission. The Task Force was created by Executive order in August 2019 in response to a recent increase in reported bias incidents in New Jersey’s schools and among New Jersey’s young people and is charged with, among other things, studying the root causes of hate, bias, and intolerance in New Jersey’s schools and universities and among New Jersey’s students and young adults and issuing a report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the Attorney General that will be made available to the public.
- The content of all written and oral remarks and comments may be subject to disclosure under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act and may be included in the final written report mentioned above.
- Individuals may use their initials or a pseudonym when registering to speak at the listening sessions, and individuals may submit written comments anonymously.