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Welcome to Our Equity and Inclusion Page

Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is to educate, inspire, empower, and maintain an environment that understands that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to Revere Public Schools’ vision of building an anti-racist, culturally responsive restorative, and transformative justice community.

Through its Equity Advisory Board, the Office of DEI ensures that the Guiding Principles* of equity and inclusion permeate our schools, become the central ethos our district operates on, and help us transition into a true anti-racist and culturally responsive community.

* DEI Statement of Principles (UC Santa Barbara, Office of Development).


What's New
Check out the Equity Advisory Board's End of the Year Report that was presented to the Revere Public School Committee on June 18, 2024!

RPS Celebrates Ramadan with A Special Edition of Family Liaison Cooking Series


Last week, Estaphany Rodriguez, the Family and Community Coordinator for Revere Public Schools, hosted a special segment on RevereTV’s Family Liaison Cooking Series. 

In celebration of Ramadan, Rodriguez welcomed CityLab High School’s family liaison, Ouafa Kinaoui, who demonstrates the art of making traditional Moroccan tea. 

Ramadan, the holiest month of the Islamic year, started at sunset on Sunday, March 10, and will end at sunset on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. During this time, observers must abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk for 30 days.

Kinaoui is known in the RPS community for her delicious Moroccan mint tea, which she serves at CityLab to guests and dignitaries visiting the school.

“Today we're here at RevereTV, where, under the suggestion of so many families who keep asking about how Ouafa (Kinaoui) makes her Moroccan tea,” Rodriguez began the episode. You can watch the full episode and follow along as Kinaoui guides us through the preparation of this delightful tea here. The show is spoken in three languages: English, Arabic, and Spanish. 

Equity Conference
Within the past few years, diversity, equity and inclusion has become a national hot topic for local school districts and their communities. Consequently, many school administrators have created DEI leadership positions within their districts, but this has not made progress any easier.
Lee Teitel, founding director of the Reimagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, talks about diversity initiatives. Photo by Emercyn Randolph.
At an AASA conference session on Thursday about the relationship between superintendents and their DEI leaders, Lee Teitel, founding director of the Reimagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, delivered an instructive message.
With about 90 percent of superintendents white today, many are unaware of how to effectively collaborate with those responsible for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, Teitel said.
Darnisa Amante-Jackson, founder of the Disruptive Equity Education Project, joined him in presenting on “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leaders and Their Superintendents – Building Stronger Partnerships.”

February is Black History Month. This month allows educators to take a step back and reflect on whether their curriculum and instruction includes enough diverse voices and perspectives for students to learn about Black people who have shaped our nation and world.
Carter Woodson, the "Father of Black History," once stated, "We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice."

Ifé Franklin’s Indigo Project infuses multiple art practices to honor the lives, histories, cultures, and traditions of African people throughout the diaspora, with a concentration on the formerly enslaved of North America.
Revere Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Inclusion Dr. Lourenço Garcia is proud to welcome Ifé, a local artist and filmmaker, to RPS to close out the schools’ month-long celebration of Black History Month.
On Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., RPS will host a special Black History Month event with Ifé at Revere High School’s Learning Common and celebrate this year’s Black History Month theme, African Americans and the Arts.
“Honoring Black History Month provides an opportunity for Blacks/Afro-Americans and their descendants to reconnect with and learn from their ancestral roots, reclaim their identity and dignity, act affirmatively to combat racial and ethnic exclusion, and move toward the future with a renewed sense of purpose and hope,” said Dr. Garcia.

Revere Public Schools’ Office of Equity and Inclusion, RPS’s Tech Dept., and the Communication Dept. produced an hour-long show in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day in conjunction with Revere TV.
The format of this show included a roundtable discussion with RHS students, moderated by Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Inclusion Dr. Lourenço Garcia. These students discussed Dr. King’s famed “I Have a Dream” speech and how his words still resonate today.