BIPOC Staff Affinity Groups

  • Staff of Color in NPS represent a small percentage of the overall school population. This may present challenges of isolation, exclusion and lack of community. The hope is that providing affinity spaces will offer a place for support and safety which will positively impact experiences in NPS. With support from Newton Schools Foundation, we have launched district-wide affinity groups for all NPS staff who identify as BIPOC.
     
    Staff will meet bi-monthly with their grade cohorts, as well as invited to district-wide events held at the beginning and end of each school year. 
     
    Planning will prioritize needs and feedback from BIPOC staff with these objectives in mind: 
    • Offer safe spaces to meet other staff of color with similar responsibilities and challenges
    • Create opportunities for staff of color to discuss and support daily challenges of microaggressions and racism
    • Learn and share strategies to implement in support of inclusion, diverse curriculum and school-based activities 
    • Develop networking and mentorship opportunities to support career advancement
     
    If you are interested in learning more about how to participate, please contact your grade-level Coordinator: 
     
    Elementary School Coordinators:
    Gabrielle Mulrean 
    Tiyana Portis
     
    Middle School Coordinators: 
    Daniel Arroyo
     
    High School Coordinators:
    Kanchan Kant 
    Katani Sumner
     

NPS BIPOC Fall Gathering 2021

  • The NPS Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, along with the BIPOC Staff Affinity Group Coordinators hosted a fall gathering to welcome new and returning staff back to the 2021-22 school year!