Why Integration?

Our vision is to achieve and sustain the benefits of a thriving, racially integrated and truly inclusive community that serves as a model for the nation.

Many communities are diverse; few are integrated. Diversity may find people of different races and ethnicities living near each other, but integration finds them living with each other—interacting, forming friendships, participating fully in the community’s economic, political, civic, and cultural life. Read More...

South Orange/Maplewood Video

Two Towns, One Community

South Orange and Maplewood are…
    • adjoining suburbs with tree-lined streets and good schools
    • 29 minutes from NYC by train
    • full of parks and recreation
    • arts and culture destinations
    • graced by historic buildings and homes
    • one community where everyone is welcome!

What people find here is a small town feel with the conveniences and cachet of cosmopolitan living. There are 17 beautiful parks with ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, jogging paths, great sledding, and each town has a community pool. Both towns border the South Mountain Reservation—a 2020 acre preserve with hiking and biking trails. Residents refer to the down-towns of South Orange and Maplewood each quaintly as 'The Village.' Take the train to either of 'The Villages' to visit our wonderful stores, restaurants, arts centers, and take a walk through our neighborhoods to see the range and beauty of our homes!

News & Events

  • Conversation on Race: Moving from Distress to SolutionsMay 25th 2016

    Thanks to all those who came out to our ‘Conversation on Race: Moving from Distress to Solutions’ last night and to Oheb Shalom Congregation for hosting us. We heard some real concerns about the need for more and deeper engagement on these issues by broader sections of the community. Read more…

  • Large Community Turn Out for Conversations on RaceMay 12th 2016

    Author, clinical psychologist, and retired Spelman President Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum encouraged our residents and teachers to take action on racial integration and inclusion.

  • My Story: Smart Phone Shorts about SOMA’s Diverse CommunityMay 4th 2016

    New date added–this Sunday! Learn how to create a compelling video story short on your smart phone or tablet! Work with professional photographer Mansa Mussa in this free workshop and enter your video at the South NEXT Festival.

  • 2016 Shekere Maker ProjectMay 1st 2016

    As part of our 2016 Integration through the Arts programming, we are sponsoring free “maker” workshops to create and learn to play the Shekere – a West African gourd instrument.

  • Multicultural, Anti-Bias Education & ParentingApr 20th 2016

    These were the topics discussed at the Schools Committee’s workshop led by Dr. Khyati Joshi at the South Orange Middle School Library last night.