LEADERS

FORJ is a coalition of school-aged families coming together to teach our children

– and ourselves –

how to stand up for racial equality.

Amy Behrens, FORJ NPS Coordinator and FORJ Leader at Zervas Elementary
And the FORJ Board: 
Erica Streit-Kaplan
Karen Carroll Bennett
Vineeta Vijayraghavan – Community Connection Liason
Rebecca Schulman-Havemeyer – FORJ Co-Leader at Ward Elementary
Tamika Olszewski – FORJ Leader at Burr Elementary

 

Amy Behrens

NEWTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Amy assists FORJ Parent Leaders from each school to coordinate diversity initiatives across the Newton Public School District.
She advocates for community connection as a parent coach, education consultant, and a Newton parent leading Zervas Community Connections.

 

Erica Streit-Kaplan

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Erica boosts FORJ events and notices on social media for members across Newton as a leader of the FORJ planning team.
She advocates for upstanders to take action in local events throughout the city.

 

Tamika Olszewski

BURR ELEMENTARY

Tamika connects the FORJ planning group with Newton Community events and liaisons with the PTO at Burr Elementary.
She advocates for exploring implicit bias in school staff and diversifying faculty in Newton Public schools.

 

Vineeta Vijayraghavan

CABOT ELEMENTARY

Vineeta creates family-friendly resources on anti-racism as a leader of the FORJ planning team.
She advocates for district funding of diversity, narrowing the achievement gap and affordable housing in Newton.