Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Welcome Message from the Director

  • Dear NPS Community, 

    It is with great excitement and humility that I join Newton Public Schools as the first Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Having worked in partnership with the NPS administration, faculty and staff in the last year, I am confident for the potential of transformation that can be achieved as we work together towards the mission of academic excellence and educational equity for ALL students.

    The mission to become an anti-racist school district remains at the forefront of the work and is supported by NPS leaders both structurally and culturally. My goal is to support all NPS members in dismantling harmful practices and policies and strengthening our culture to create inclusive and emotionally safe spaces for all students to learn, belong and thrive. 

    I have spent the last few months meeting with multiple stakeholders who have demonstrated immense compassion and commitment in this mission. I am grateful to be welcomed with overwhelming embrace and enthusiasm from the Newton community. I look forward to our partnership. 

    "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences." ~ Audre Lorde

    Sincerely, 
    Kathy Lopes, LICSW

Kathy Lopes