Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, January 2023

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.

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”

Coretta Scott King (1927-2006)
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Celebrating Our School Community

January 2023

Our homerooms participated in the Winter Door Decorating Contest. Students worked collaboratively to design and create doors celebrating the winter season. Congratulations to our winners: 804, 702, and 604!

Important Dates:

Jan 6, 2023New Voices School Pride Day
Jan 9, 2023New Voices DEI Team Meeting
Jan 10,
D15 Equity Congress
Jan 11, 2023D15 Student Equity Congress
Jan 30- Feb 3, 2023School Spirit Week
Feb 3, 2023New 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 has begun meeting this month and meets twice per month. The student team consists of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

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

This year, New Voices teachers are working with organizations in order to review CR-SE (Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education) practices and ensure the inclusion of these practices in the classroom.

Teaching Matters

The Humanities Team is working with Carrie Esposito from Teaching Matters. Teaching Matters is a non-profit organization that believes all students should have equitable access to education. Through work with this organization, our teachers are making sure that relevance, rigor, relationships, and reflection are incorporated into each lesson. The focus for us has been putting a common language to what we do in the classroom. We will also be adapting their Elevated Voices curriculum in order to bring a social justice aspect to book clubs.

Math Department Book Club

Members of the Math department are reading “Making Black Girls Count in Math Education” by Nicole M. Joseph. In this book, the author investigates factors that contribute to the underrepresentation of Black female students in the mathematics pipeline. She offers an historical context as well as strategies and recommendations to improve mathematics attainment among Black girls and women.

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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 working on T-shirt designs as well as possible projects for the year. Through funding from the NYCDOE LGBTQ Supports Team, the GSA received a generous grant that will allow us to bring projects to life, jump-start fundraisers, and purchase supplies.

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.