Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, April 2023

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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.

Photograph of Margaret Cho

“The power of visibility can never be underestimated.”

Margaret Cho (1968)

Important Dates:

May 1, 2023New Voices DEI Team Meeting
May 5, 2023New Voices School Pride Day
May 10, 2023D15 Student Equity Congress
May 31, 2023New Voices Paint Night (tentative)*
June 2, 2023New Voices School Pride Day
* The date of the New Voices paint night is dependent on our alumni volunteer pool. More information to come.
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Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islanders Heritage Month

May 2023

In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, we have collected and distributed resources to staff which can be utilized within their classrooms.

In the Chorus Classroom:

In 7th grade chorus, we are preparing a piece called “Ikan Kekek,” a Malaysian folk song arranged by Yu Hang Tan. Students are working on pronouncing different words in the Malay language and accompanying this new style of singing with complex body percussion. The song tells the story of two siblings fishing for their dinner and the arranger wants us to “keep searching for beauty and magic in everyday mundane life”

Images shown: 7th Grade Chorus Majors; Yu Hang tan

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Autism Awareness Month

April 2023

On April 5th, our student equity team organized a day of awareness for autism. Students and faculty were asked to wear blue in an effort to increase visibility, become more educated about, and support people with autism spectrum disorder.

New Voices wears blue for Autism Awareness and Acceptance
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Discovering New York City’s

Role in the Civil Rights Movement

Eighth-grade Humanities classes dove into local history during a study of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Working in groups, students analyze primary-source documents in order to discover what was happening in New York City during this time period and how the actions here played a role in the Civil Rights Movement across the country. After document analysis, students designed and created Thinglink presentations to share with each other and the community. Some of these projects will be displayed at the District 15 Project-Based Learning Showcase on May 24th. You can see a few examples of the final products below.

To learn about the 1964 World’s Fair Boycott and Stall-In, click here.

To learn about the Ebinger’s Bakery Boycott, click here.

To learn about Operation Clean Sweep, click here.

To learn about the 1964 New York City School Boycott, click here.

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.

Each month, members of our Student DEI team meet with other District 15 students to discuss issues of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. This is an opportunity for cross school collaboration and community building.

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.


The Math Team is working with Metamorphis to increase teachers’ awareness of the power they hold in reducing inequities through culturally responsive teaching.  Through careful planning and attention to culture and community,  in addition to content, the math department is continuing their work to build classrooms as truly integrated and equitable democratic spaces.

Math Department Book Club

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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.

Student Designed Diversity T-Shirt Contest:

This year’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion T-shirt Design Contest has concluded. We got many excellent submissions this year and would like to thank all of those students who participated.

Our winning design will be available for purchase in the fall of 2023:


Joel Cruz, class 606

Winning Diversity T-shirt Design
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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 used our artistic abilities to create tie-dyed t-shirts in order to express ourselves! We chose designs and colors, and then spent time dying the shirts. The shirts were then taken home and rinsed by Ms. Pignataro. They are amazing and show our true colors!

2023 GSA T-shirt design

Our new t-shirt design is here! Created by an eighth-grade student, our new design will be printed on t-shirts for GSA members to celebrate Pride Month in June and beyond!

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.