Mission Statement

The Diversity & Equal Opportunity Network (DEON) is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization led by women of color. We are dedicated to advocating for racial, social and economic justice within New Jersey's public education and the community. Founded in January of 2021, DEON connects members of underserved communities with educators, politicians, and others, for powerful dialogue and collaboration that leads to real change. We believe it really does take a village, to provide children with a safe and positive environment that breaks harmful cycles perpetuated by history and inaction.The village we brought together is grounded in intersectionality and a lack of discrimination based on ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, gender, ability, class and more. We include working with other organizations, activists, businesses, local leaders, elected officials, educators, and anyone else committed to positive change, to host/partner on events, forums, school and charity drives, and workshops that increase inclusion and awareness.







We cultivate Social Justice, Inclusion, Participation, Access and Equity so that all people feel valued, their differences are respected, and their basic needs are met;


We endorse equal rights and the opportunity to participate in all aspects of community life and decision making both for our constituents, and internally, we continually strive for fairness and impartiality;


We seek and create opportunities for participation in local communities, and promote leadership by providing a process for residents to enrich and enact decisions, as well as enable access to opportunities;


We value Diversity and Unity;


We accept and respect individuality and difference, and rather than simply tolerating, we embrace and celebrate difference and cultures living and working together;


We strive to work together internally and externally, and to appreciate our role within local communities and beyond.


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About Us

Current Memberships:


  • Environmental Resolutions, Inc. (ERI)

    • Rakesh R. Darji, PE, PP, CME, CFM, Vice President

  • Medford Democratic Club

    • Bruce & Linda Goldman


  • Black Lives Matter NJ

    • ​DEON supports the work that Black Lives Matter New Jersey does and assists in monthly community outreach efforts with serving the underserved population by helping source funds and goods such as basic hygiene, clothing and food. 

  • Building Kings & Queens Inc.

    • ​DEON supports fellow non profit Building Kings & Queens by participating & partnering in joint initiatives such as educational youth programs and events.

  • Evesham Township

  • Burlington County Minority & Equality Rights Task Force

    • ​DEON supports and partners with local government initiatives with Evesham Township & Burlington County Minority & Equality Rights Task Force.