Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, November 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.

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”

Sitting Bull (1831-1890)
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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

November 2022

In celebration of the diverse community around us, this month we dedicate our Noted Voices series to members of the Native American community who have achieved success in their fields. Photos and bios of these community members will be featured on our central hallway bulletin board.

Important Dates:

Nov 7, 2022New Voices DEI Team
Nov 9, 2022Last Day for Apparel Fundraiser
Nov 14,
Alumni High School Info Session
Nov 15, 2022D15 Equity Congress
Nov 16, 2022D15 Student Equity Congress
Dec 2, 2022New Voices School Pride Day

*More Information to Come

Our Fall Apparel Fundraiser ended November 9th.

We sold 163 Items to 127 Supporters and raised over $1600! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

Be on the look out for our next fundraiser coming January or February 2023.

This T-shirt design was created by 7th Grader, Olive V.

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 for the 2022-2023 will begin meeting this month and meets twice per month.

This month,  The Student Diversity Committee is having a poster contest to acknowledge Human Rights Month. The deadline is December 1st. See the goals below!

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.

If you are interested in joining the New Voices DEI team, please email:

lkraus2@schools.nyc.gov or dpignataro@schools.nyc.gov

As we open the school year, we are administering our collaboratively developed annual needs assessment. The results of this survey will inform the work that we do this year, providing us with valuable data which we will develop our team priorities and focus for the year.

Students were given time in class to complete the survey. Parents will find a link in your emails, sent the last week of September.

Family Paint Night Was a Success!

The DEI Team will held our second family Paint Night on Tuesday Oct 25th. New Voices Family Paint Night features alumni and current students teaching painting to participants. Families who joined us created beautiful pieces of art to take home and enjoy. A great time was had by everyone. Thank you so much to those that participated.

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GSA News

The New Voices Gender and Sexuality Alliance has members across all three grades! 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 is focusing on team building this month. Students participate in projects and discussions to help them get to know each other and form a community.

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.