Merchantville School is "Thankful for its Diversity" and continues to celebrate student differences and distinctiveness through education and art. MES students share and learn about different cultures throughout the year and express this in artwork from the holiday season. As part of their "No Place for Hate" initiative, Merchantville School students highlight and promote the uniqueness of each student. In class, children have the opportunity to exchange information about where their ancestors came from, discuss the words they choose to represent them and participate in a Poetry Slam about diversity.
The 11orMore™Project was started by Dr. Cameron T. Whitley in 2018 as an initiative to promote LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff support and acceptance at schools across the country. Rutgers University-Camden is a participating sponsor of this project. The GLSEN 2015 National School Climate Survey suggests that most LGBTQ+ students have experienced harassment and discrimination in their high schools prior to coming to college. In fact, about 85% report being verbally harassed and over 50% report hearing homophobic and negative gender expression remarks by high school staff. The hope is that this project will showcase members from all across the campus community helping students to feel valued and supported in their identities within the campus community.