The Department of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Newton Public Schools are deeply committed to improving equity of opportunity and access for every student in our district. The Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was created in July 2020 to support this vision.
The Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion works closely with school leaders to identify strengths and areas of growth through a lens of equity, and developing improvement strategies that will best serve each school community. Although this work feels urgent, the process must be thoughtful and intentional and will involve a thorough assessment of current systems and culture. The Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion partners with school leadership teams and values student, parent and community contribution.
Below is our Statement of Values & Commitment to Racial Equity.
*This statement was created by the NPS Race and Achievement Leadership Team (RALT), composed of NPS administrators and teachers.
"When we choose to be antiracist, we become actively conscious about race and racism and take actions to end racial inequities in our daily lives. Being antiracist is believing that racism is everyone’s problem, and we all have a role to play in stopping it." ~ National Museum of African American History and Culture
Anti-racism is a process of actively identifying and opposing racism. The goal of anti-racism is to challenge racism and actively change the policies, behaviors, and beliefs that perpetuate racist ideas and actions. Anti-racism is rooted in action. It is about taking steps to eliminate racism at the individual, institutional, and structural levels.