Booker T. Washington Middle School has established an Equity Team whose goals include enhancing and improving efforts to ensure academic success by closing opportunity gaps and providing equitable and inclusive working and learning environments for all students, families, staff and communities. Additionally, it is intended that increase in diversity and equity and establishing these conversations will lead to tangible and intangible results such as increased cultural understanding and decreased discipline rates. The specific goals of the Equity Team will be determined by its committee so that we can determine the focus most appropriate for our school.
The NYC Department of Education has established the Equity and Excellence for All program with the intention of supporting diversity in New York City public schools. For the NYC Department of Education "Equity" means meeting every student where they are, and providing the support, resources, and high expectations for them to achieve at consistently high levels.
District 3 has asked that all schools create a distinct Equity Team comprised of parents, students, faculty and administration to begin the process of assessing what equity and diversity means for their school community and begin the process of establishing an open dialogue.
The definition of diversity includes: Socio-economic, Region, Disability, Gender, Race, Sexual Orientation, Language, Age, Religion.
The DOE is committed to creating and supporting learning environments that reflect the diversity of New York City and with the belief that all students benefit from diverse and inclusive schools and classrooms.
Randee Johnson, teacher
Nildania Perez, parent
Meeting schedule TBD.
NEWS and resources
WELCOME TO 2021-2022!
The Equity Team welcomes you to the 2021-2022 school year! You can learn more about our mission and access our resources here and in our archives. We encourage you to share your ideas, questions and suggestions for creating an inclusive and equitable community at Booker T.
September 15th through October 15th marks Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month. This month we will celebrate the culture and accomplishments of people of Hispanic and Latinx descent by highlighting stories, artists and thinkers that will inspire you.
From your favorite pop-stars to iconic civil rights heroes, athletes, writers, scientists and visual artists, Hispanics/Latinx have shaped American history and culture from the beginning. (Hispanic refers to people who trace their heritage to a Spanish speaking country. Latinos/Latinx refers to people who are from or are descendants of a Latin American country.) Although often left out of our historical and literary canons, the enduring contributions of Hispanics and Latinx to American society are easily uncovered.
The following are a few resources to get you started on this learning journey.
STUDENT AFFINITY GROUPS
ASIAN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION
The Asian American Association was founded by a cohort of students who were inspired by the growing sense of Asian activism during the winter of 2020.
If you’re interested in joining us for the 2020-2021 school year, please fill out the prospective member survey!
GENDER SEXUALITY ALLIANCE
The GSA is a safe space for all students to be themselves and to discuss LGBTQ+ issues, problems and experiences - while both improving the schools community and of course, hanging out with friends and having fun!
If you are interested in joining us or have questions, please sign up for more info (you must have a DOE account) or e-mail Ms. Saltzman.
SHADES: A MULTICULTURAL AFFINITY GROUP
Do you identify as Black, African American, Latinx, Caribbean American, or a person of color?
Do you want to have a space to talk about topics relevant to our communities?
Fill out this Google Form to learn about Shades: A Multicultural Affinity Group.