South Plainfield Middle School P.E.A.C.E. Committee


Positively Empowering and Advocating for Change and Equity

Our Mission:

South Plainfield P.E.A.C.E. is dedicated to the advocacy of equity, inclusion, and representation in order to foster safe spaces for communication and cultivate a culture that empowers all to embrace and celebrate diversity both in education and across the community.


Leo Whalen

Kelly Richkus

Denise deMello

Jordan Indyk

Robyn Mikaelian

Stephanie Tamborra

Chrissy Briskin

Barbara Pinelli

Student Members

Candor Plum

Marwah Haji

Meeting Dates

October 25, 2022 October Minutes

December 22, 2022 December Minutes

March 21, 2023

April 18, 2023

May 31, 2023

The Middle School P.E.A.C.E. committee is concentrating on a mentoring program for our students. We have partnered with the Rutgers University's Collegiate 100 Chapter, which is scheduled to meet once a month with the students. This program is designed to mentor South Plainfield Middle School students through positive interactions with a diverse group of adults who have had a wide range of life experiences.

Any students that are interested can participate in this program, they just need to stop into the Guidance Office and talk to their Guidance Counselor.

The South Plainfield Middle School will be holding the coLAB summer institute again this year from July 10-21, 2023; from 8:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.  All Middle School students will be sent an invitation to participate in the program. 


The summer institute with coLAB Arts is an innovative socially engaged art and design enrichment program for our students.  Students will explore the importance of individual and public memory, research the history and context of South Plainfield, and create art projects that explore their dreams for their communities.  Workshops and projects will incorporate mural painting, audio design, gallery creation, and performance and presentation skills.


coLAB Arts generates community powered projects, with an emphasis on community engagement.  They engage the community to create Art, across socio-economic, ethnic and generational lines.  They concentrated on Equity and Social Justice.


More information about coLAB can be found at this website:  coLAB Arts (


The summer institute is run by several members from the coLAB Arts Residence and two staff members from the Middle School: Barbara Pinelli and Casianne Guastella.