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

  • Implicit Bias: Who Me? Conversations on RaceApr 17th 2014

    Join us for a candid community discussion on implicit biases. How are they at work in our lives and how can we create change? Presentation by Elizabeth Williams-Riley of the American Conference on Diversity followed by small group discussions.

  • ‘Cultural Dynamics’ WorkshopsApr 11th 2014

    District teachers and community members gathered at 2 workshops led by trainers from the American Conference on Diversity to gain insight into and skills for living and teaching in a diverse community.

  • The Zax & Rusalka Performance Was Outstanding!Mar 24th 2014

    Congratulations to the performers, thanks to the Integration through the Arts team, Essex County Local Arts, and SOPAC for making this theater experience for children possible. Take a look at some great pictures from the performances….

  • Story Door ProjectMar 3rd 2014

    Full-sized doors will be our canvases. Local professional artists will lead you in creatively sharing stories using collage, mosaics, photography, and wood-burning/carving.