Meet the Team
Rebecca G. Shuster, Assistant Superintendent of Equity - email@example.com
Becky Shuster joined the Boston Public Schools as Assistant Superintendent of Equity in November 2015 after over three decades in the field of civil rights and inclusion. Becky’s prior work includes fifteen years as Director of Training at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), where she managed and delivered internal and external discrimination prevention training programs, including the annual twelve-day MCAD-Certified Courses for EEO Professionals.
Under her leadership, the Commission conducted over two hundred external training sessions each year. Previously, Becky served as Deputy Director of Training and Organizational Development at DSZ, a civil rights consulting firm based in Boston and Washington, DC; an Equal Rights Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency; Co-Director of the Massachusetts Legal Services Diversity Coalition; and an independent diversity consultant for nonprofit organizations, universities, and businesses.
Becky co-founded the City-Wide Dialogues on Boston’s Ethnic and Racial Diversity, now the YWCA Boston Community Dialogues, including co-authoring the curriculum and spearheading efforts to bring the Dialogues to the Boston Public Schools.
Becky has a B.A. from Wesleyan University, and an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was a recipient of a 1982 Watson Fellowship, and the winner of a 2004 Governor’s Citation for Outstanding Performance. Becky lives in Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood with her daughter, Sage, a Roosevelt School sixth grader.
Steven Chen, Senior Equity Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Chen joined the Boston Public Schools in August 2014. Steven partners with school and central office leaders to provide consultation and coaching regarding bias-based incidents, accommodation requests, fostering welcoming and inclusive environments for students and employees, and other equity-related matters. Steven's work includes managing disability accommodations for district employees, partnering with Special Education to ensure Section 504 accommodations for students, and providing religious accommodations for students and employees. He applies restorative justice to resolve bias-related conflicts, and is a certified-facilitator in Welcoming Schools, a multi-faceted program to support LGBTQ students and families.
Prior to joining BPS, Steven taught 11th and 12th grade English in Forrest City, Arkansas and served as department chair and curriculum specialist. In 2008, Steven managed a leadership team to develop a school-wide literacy program for grades 9 - 12, leading to a 141% increase in literacy proficiency rates. In addition, he led an academic team that created an after-school college preparatory and tutoring program for 11th and 12th grade students that resulted in 86% of seniors enrolling in college or securing career opportunities. Steven also has experience as a law clerk for the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Public Defenders Service of the District of Columbia, and as a clerk for Nina Totenberg at National Public Radio, where he assisted with reporting at the U.S. Supreme Court for the 2011 term.Steven holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California, and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.
Juna Pierre, Director of Compliance - email@example.com
Juna (pronounced “Gee-na”) Pierre joined the Boston Public Schools as the Director of Compliance in December 2015 after over a decade in the field of human resources. Prior to BPS, Juna served as Diversity Officer at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she conducted all internal discrimination investigations and responded to disability and religious accommodation requests. During her time at the Department, Juna completed the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination certified courses in Conducting Internal Discrimination Complaint Investigations, Responding to Accommodation Requests, and Conducting Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Training.
Juna spent six years at BAE Systems, where she was human resources lead for over seven hundred employees at the company’s three facilities in Massachusetts. Her work there included employee relations, performance management, and process improvement.
Juna has a B.A. from Framingham State University and an M.S. in Human Resources Management from Emmanuel College.
Grace Jung, Equity Staff Assistant - firstname.lastname@example.orgGrace first joined the Boston Public Schools in January 2016 as a Northeastern University co-op for the Office of Equity. As a staff assistant, she provides administrative and operational support to the Assistant Superintendent, Senior Equity Manager, and Director of Compliance. She also assists leadership with requests for assistance around Equity matters.
Prior to joining BPS, Grace completed her second co-op at the Massachusetts School Building Authority as a Strategy and Analytics co-op, where she developed a framework that enabled the MSBA to classify over 2,000 funding applications and led a study exploring characteristics of school districts who are rejected from the MSBA’s funding pipeline. Grace was also with the Massachusetts State Office of the Inspector General as a co-op in the Audit, Oversight and Investigations division, where she supported investigators and analysts for a year to look into claims of fraud, waste and abuse of public funds.
Grace has a B.A. in Journalism.