Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, End of Year 2022

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.

“Openness may not completely disarm prejudice, but it’s a good place to start.”

Jason Collins (born 1978)

Important Dates:

June 3,
New Voices School Pride Day*
June 8, 2022DEI Team
June 10, 2022Student DEI Team Meeting
June 20, 2022Juneteenth
June 27, 2022Last Day of School for Students

*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.

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.

This month, the Student DEI team is celebrating pride month with a bake sale fundraiser:

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.

As we close out the year, we reflect on the work we have done. We began this year with a collaboratively developed needs assessment where we identified community building as the focus for the year. Throughout the year, we have worked to build school pride, a sense of belonging, and opportunities for celebrating our schools diversity. The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team has a created a calendar of focus for next school year, and is building a collection of resources for families, staff and students.

Family Paint Night

The DEI Team will held our first in-person event on May 18th. New Voices Family Paint Night featured alumni and current students teaching painting to participants. We saw some amazing art from our families!

New Voices Celebrates Diversity T-Shirt Contest for Students

All students were invited to submit a t-shirt design (a digital file or hand-made work) to celebrate New Voices’ diversity. The submissions were so great, we had to pick two! And we selected a third submission as our new DEI logo (featured above)!

The winning designs will be featured on our next New Voices T-shirts.

Winners: Kheilaun Depeza Ralph 805 & Olive Vogel 606

GSA flag

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 developing resources to increase awareness around gender and sexuality. Student created presentations with the school community. Links to the presentations are below:

What is Gender?

What is Sexuality?

Sexuality and Romanticism

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.

diverse students at work

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