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School Says Non-Discrimination Policy Led to Enrollment Increase

FAYETTEVILLE - While civil rights Ordinance 119 is new to the City of Fayetteville, a similar policy is already in place at a Fayetteville school.
FAYETTEVILLE - While civil rights Ordinance 119 is new to the City of Fayetteville, a similar policy is already in place at a Fayetteville school.

The New Design School provides academic programs and workshops in design and technology. Last year, the school developed a non-discrimination policy to promote tolerance and diversity. The policy says the school will not discriminate "on the basis of age, race, color, creed, gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status."

New Design School Founder and President Sonia Davis-Gutierrez says it's had an impact on enrollment.
"One year later we saw a 58% increase in our enrollment and we're sure that it had to have something to do with that. So it does translate into an economic enhancement to state that you are open to all people," she said.

If you'd like to read the entire non-discrimination policy, it is posted on the New Design School's website.

Here for more information on Fayetteville's civil rights Ordinance 119.


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