The focus of our diversity effort is to strengthen the community from within by offering a series of programs, events and conversations that embrace differences and draw on these diverse experiences and perspectives in nurturing a welcoming and vibrant learning community.
Nurturing diversity requires actively scaffolding, listening, conversing and responding. We encourage and value honest conversations and believe they strengthen our community and enrich the experiences of our students, teachers, staff and parents. The following programs are examples of ways that the school fosters inclusivity, builds community and understanding, and supports the dialogue around diversity.
The Diversity Committee guides the conversation around diversity through forums, meetings, and events that address topics like fostering socio-economic diversity, supporting LGBTQ students and families, and developing a common language around issues of race and class, as examples. The Committee includes elected Student Council Diversity Representatives who have an important voice in our discussions and help organize and execute our activities. All parents, faculty, and staff are welcome to join the largest standing committee at Nueva.
"DIVErsity & INclusion" are the themes of this community event where students, parents, faculty and staff come to enjoy music, dinner, and interesting and provocative discussion on the topic of diversity. A family affair with activities geared towards different age levels, this is an opportunity for the various constituencies in the school community to be in meaningful conversation with each other.
Heritages Days occur once or twice a year and are proposed and guided by families of a particular shared background. The Diversity Committee, working in conjunction with faculty and staff, facilitates week long- explorations of culture and heritage that often involve humanities classes, Lit Club, art, music, and theme studies. The end of the week culminates with a "festival" during lunch and recess that involves the whole school in different representative café meal and hands-on activities including art, games, sports, dance, music, customs, dress and drama.
Dia de los Muertos and African-American History week are annually recurring Heritage Days at Nueva. Other cultures are celebrated based on the interest of current families. In the past, these celebrations have included Indian, Japanese, Australian, Persian, Filipino, and East Asian.