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Consistent with NJASP's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion we are sharing information about a troubling racial incident that occurred at the recent annual NASP convention in Denver. This incident was harmful not only to Dr. Malone and her guests but also to the broader Black and Brown communities, as well as other convention attendees. NJASP stands in solidarity with Dr. Malone and reaffirms our commitment to social justice.
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March 10, 2023
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is pleased to announce that we have finalized the details of our agreement with Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center related to the experience of NASP President Dr. Celeste Malone and her guests during NASP’s 2023 convention. The team at the hotel and Hyatt leadership have listened to our concerns and agreed to take appropriate actions for Dr. Malone and her guests, as well as to provide mechanisms for meaningful support to three organizations that help advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, Hyatt has confirmed its commitment to promoting a welcoming and affirming experience for all individuals at future NASP events in Hyatt spaces.
Update to NASP Members and Convention Attendees Regarding the Hyatt Incident
Please see the statements below from NASP providing information about a racist incident that occurred at the Denver Annual Convention where 5600 school psychologists were meeting together to celebrate Dr. Celeste Malone’s Presidential theme “Radical Hope, Authentic Healing”. Clearly, there is much work to be done to promote Dr. Malone’s vision. However, despite the harm inflicted, her purpose, activism, intentionality, and joy continue to be inspirational. NJASP stands in solidarity with our NASP President Celeste Malone and the entire Black and Brown community in calling out the inexcusable and unacceptable behavior that occurred in the Hyatt Hotel.
Please see the NASP update on the Hyatt incident and the letter sent by NJASP acknowledging the incident and calling for meaningful action.
NASP recent update on the Hyatt incident
Update on the Hyatt incident: Your voices, in concert with NASP’s extensive direct advocacy, have resulted in progress!
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