GLASSBORO NJ--Retired Woodbury High School Principal Denise Dunham and. Dr. Jon T. Mills, an assistant director of Rowan University’s Office of Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict resolution, will be keynote speakers at the 16th annual S.U.R.E. (Students United for Respect and Equality) summit, bringing together 350 Gloucester County high school students for workshop discussions of issues facing young people.
The Thursday, March 17 event will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Rowan University’s Mark Chamberlain Student Center, Route 322, Glassboro.
Under the conference theme “United We Stand,” summit participants will attend workshops on racism, relationship skills, issues just for young men or young women, stereotypes, LGBTQ, teamwork/trust and “following your dreams.” What they learn is to be shared with other students at their schools.
Denise Dunham began her career in education as a music teacher in Camden NJ and subsequently worked in the city’s school administration before moving to the Northern Burlington County school district and finally to Woodbury High, from which she retired in 2014. Her guiding belief throughout was that the power of unconditional acceptance and unrelenting encouragement can change young lives and fulfil their dreams.
Dr. Mills is the assistant director for Multicultural Inclusion Programs in the Rowan University Office of Social Justice. Known on campus as J.T., he works to promote equity and cultural competence in the university community, with the goal of improving lives and reversing the legacy of inequality across race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.
The S.U.R.E. conference is cosponsored by the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, Rowan University’s Office of the President, The New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and Juvenile Justice Commission and the Gloucester County Youth Services Commission and Municipal Alliances.