Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Spring 2022

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The New Voices Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Team aims to create a school culture that promotes an inclusive, diverse, and equitable learning environment where all students feel that they belong and that their experiences and perspectives matter.

We aim to cultivate and integrate our students’ diverse identities into every area of our school culture, providing them with opportunity for creative expression and student voice.

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

Malala yousafzai (born 1997)

Important Dates:

May 13, 2022Student DEI Meeting
May 18, 2022Family Paint Night*
May 27, 2022Student DEI Meeting
June 1, 2022New Voices School Pride Day*
June 8, 2022Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Team Meeting
Student DEI Team Meeting

*See Pupilpath messages for more information.

Summer Meals

Free summer meals will be available starting June 28th.

Breakfast and lunch will continue beyond the instructional school year. Our Summer Meals Program is available throughout New York City to anyone ages 18 years old and under. Designated public schools, community pool centers, parks, and food trucks will be open for service. No registration, documentation, or ID is necessary to receive a free breakfast or lunch meal.

Check out https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/food/summer-meals for the most current summer meal information.

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Get Ready for Summer!

Free Hours at Cultural Venues Around the City!

Here’s a compiled list of free hours at museums, gardens, zoos, and other cultural venues around the city. Spend some time exploring this summer!

Free Hours at Cultural Venues 

Brooklyn Botanic Garden | www.bbg.org  Free admission on Saturdays from 10 AM–Noon, all day Tuesdays, winter weekdays (Nov-Feb), and Fridays for seniors.

Asia Society and Museum | www.asiasociety.org  Free admission on Fridays from 6-9 PM (does not apply from July 1 through Labor Day). 

Brooklyn Children’s Museum | www.brooklynkids.org  Free admission every Thursday 3-5 PM, every third Thursday extended free hours from 3–7 PM 

Bronx Zoo | www.bronxzoo.com  Every Wednesday is free. 

Children’s Museum of the Arts | www.cmany.org  Pay as you wish Thursdays 4-6 PM

Guggenheim Museum | www.guggenheim.org  Pay what you wish on Saturdays, 5:45-7:45 PM. 

Historic Richmond Town | www.historicrichmondtown.org  Free on Fridays, 1 PM–5 PM.

International Center of Photography | www.icp.org  Voluntary contribution every Friday, 5 – 8 PM

Jewish Museum | www.thejewishmuseum.org  Free admission on Saturdays, Thursday 5-8 pay what you wish.

Lincoln Center David Rubenstein Atrium | www.atrium.lincolncenter.org  Free performances every Thursday at 7:30 PM. 

Morgan Library and Museum | www.themorgan.org  Free on Fridays, 7–9 PM.  Admission to the McKim rooms only is free on: Tuesdays 3-5 PM, Fridays 7-9 PM, and Sundays 4-6 PM 

Museum of Arts and Design | www.madmuseum.org  Pay what you wish Thursdays 6–9 PM.  Pay what you wish Fridays 6-9PM. 

Museum of Chinese in America | www.mocanyc.org  Free every Thursday, 11 AM–9 PM. 

Museum of Jewish Heritage | www.mjhnyc.org  Free every Wednesday 4–8 PM.

Museum of Modern Art | www.moma.org  Free Friday Nights, 4–8 PM.

Museum of the Moving Image | www.movingimage.us  Free Friday Nights, 4–8 PM. 

New Museum | www.newmuseum.org  Free Thursday Evenings, 7–9 PM.

New York Aquarium | www.nyaquarium.com  Suggested donation Fridays after 3 PM, in the Summer after 4pm

New York Botanical Garden | www.nybg.org  Free all day Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 9 AM–10 AM.

New York Hall of Science | www.nysci.org  Free Fridays 2–5 PM and Sundays 10–11 AM. 

New York Historical Society | www.nyhistory.org  Pay what you wish on Fridays, 6–8 PM. 

Noguchi Museum | www.noguchi.org  Pay what you wish the first Friday of every month. 

Old Stone House | www.theoldstonehouse.org  Suggested donation on weekends. 

Queens Botanical Garden | www.queensbotanical.org  From April 1 through October 31, QBG has free hours on Wednesdays 3-6 pm and Sundays 4-6 pm. From November 1 through March 31, QBG is open from Tuesday to Sunday with free admission. 

Staten Island Children’s Museum | www.statenislandkids.org  Grandparents Free Wednesdays 5-8 PM. 

Staten Island Zoo | www.statenislandzoo.org  Free Wednesdays 2–4:45 PM. 

Van Cortlandt House Museum | www.historichousetrust.org  Free Wednesdays.

Wave Hill Cultural Center | www.wavehill.org  Free Saturdays and Tuesdays, 9 AM–Noon. • Whitney Museum | www.whitney.org  Pay what you wish Fridays 6–9 PM.

Free Bike Helmets!

Free Bike Helmets and helmet fittings are available throughout the city in the coming months. Enjoy the city by bike and be safe! See https://www1.nyc.gov/site/visionzero/events/index.page for more information

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Student Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Team

Students have the opportunity to participate in furthering the equity work being done at our school by participating in conversations about current events related to diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as help plan community-wide diversity events.

Ms. Gonzales, a 7th grade humanities teacher, is the group advisor.

Our Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team began meeting in January and meets twice per month.

The team is currently developing a DEI calendar that features diverse holidays and cultural events. Each month will focus on highlighting marginalized groups with a focus on how to respect, support, and celebrate these individuals.

Phenomenal Women Contest Winners!

To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Student Diversity Team held a contest open to all students. The entry requirements were to write a paragraph, a poem, or create a hand-made or digital drawing inspired by the following prompts:

• What does it mean to be a woman?

• Write about a phenomenal woman in your life.

Below are the winners of the contest. Congratulations!

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Team Updates

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Team is a collaboration between parents, teachers and administrators. We meet monthly to discuss, identify and implement change within our school community as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Monthly Resources for Teachers and Families

The DEI Team is in the process of creating a list of resources for the school community to aid in the inclusion of celebrations and awareness months throughout the school year. Check out some of our resources for Asian-American/Pacific Islander Month in May!

Family Paint Night

The DEI Team will hold our first in-person event on May 18th. New Voices Family Paint Night will feature alumni and current students teaching painting to participants. Everyone will get to go home with their own painting! Refreshments will be served. Spots for this event are already filled. Check Pupil Path for future events.

T-Shirt Contest for Students

All students are invited to submit a t-shirt design (a digital file or hand-made work) that shows New Voices celebrates diversity. The winning design will be featured on our next New Voices t-shirt and the winner will receive a gift card. The contest deadline is May 20th, and more information can be found on the poster in each homeroom and Pupil Path.

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GSA News

The New Voices Gender and Sexuality Alliance has over 25 members across all three grades this year! GSA is a safe space for students to meet, support each other, and talk about school, life, and current events as well as participate in service-learning projects.

The New Voices GSA has been working on pieces of art that celebrate our community and advocate for equality. Together, we are hoping to spread a message of belonging to the school community. We are also gearing up to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month in June.

The GSA continues to be an integral part of our community, allowing students to socialize across grades, make new friends, and discover new interests in a safe space for all students.

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