The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Core Team is composed of teachers and staff representing all three schools, and has been meeting since the summer of 2020 in its current format. Originally working since September 2019 as the District’s Equity Team, the group was formed by the Superintendent to help discuss and develop a pathway for expanding equity work in the District. The committee met regularly to discuss classroom challenges and obstacles to forward momentum in the areas of curriculum and lesson planning and design. The committee also served as a support group for staff trying to navigate difficult conversations and to help the Superintendent think through strategies to involve more staff in equity work. In February of 2020, the Superintendent introduced the group to Natalie McCabe Zwerger of NYU Metro Center for Equity and the Transformation of Schools to help organize and strategize a larger District approach. Renamed the Race Matters Core Team, this group meets monthly and includes staff from both the BIPOC Affinity Group and the White Allies Anti-Racism Study Action Group, as well as the Superintendent and Natalie McCabe Zwerger. Their role is to debrief the work of the larger Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, discuss ongoing ideas and strategies for District-wide staff development, and keep abreast of any issues or needs emerging from the BIPOC Student Union, Student Racial and Social Justice Clubs, Staff BIPOC Affinity Group and Staff Anti-Racism Study Action Group.