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Our Beloved Community – Celebrating Our Journey to Date
Mitzi Mock, Digital Storyteller/Videographer


On Friday, May 28, we hosted a virtual event to share updates on the actions we are taking as a school community to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) at our school. This was an opportunity to show our families the many ways we are trying to make systemic and cultural change, while also celebrating the progress we have made as a school community in the last few years.

We invite you to listen to the stories we shared below (featuring artwork by Anisha K. '22!). Current members of the Nueva community can also access a full-recording of the event on our community recordings archive on the internal homepage.

 

Implementing Anti-bias Practices

Over the last few years, Nueva has been researching best practices for an anti-bias admissions and hiring process. Learn about some of the ways we have put to those practices into action. (Illustrations by junior Anisha K.)

 

Building a Sense of Belonging: THRIVE

The THRIVE program supports historically underrepresented students and families. Hear from students and program advisors to learn how THRIVE supports positive identity development and community-building at Nueva.

 

Evolving Our Teaching Practices: Equity and Inclusion Institute

Nurturing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion at our school, means building capacity among all of our community members to advance these values and support this work. One of the ways we have helped teachers—at Nueva and beyond—grow their awareness and evolve their teaching practices is through our Equity and Inclusion Institute.

 

Racial Equity and Accountability Task Force

In the summer of 2020, the Nueva Board of Trustees created a task force to help elevate the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Learn more about the task force's objectives and steps being taken to bolster accountability. (Illustrations by junior Anisha K.)

 

Students Taking Action

Some of the biggest advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Nueva are the students themselves. Learn about some of the ways students are taking action to spread awareness and make a differences.



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Six illustrations of people: writing on chalkboard, reviewing data, listening, locking arms, and lifting each other up stairs

Did you miss last week's Beloved Community meeting? We invite you to listen to the stories we shared (featuring artwork by Anisha K. '22!) and to learn more about the many ways we are trying to make systemic and cultural change at Nueva.

Mavericks Making Waves: May 2021

Mavericks Making Waves is our latest roundup of exceptional student and faculty accomplishments and activities happening beyond Nueva's walls.

Teachers Infuse Nueva Core Values into Virtual Travel Week

From cooking classes to guest speakers and art projects to field trips, Nueva Travel Week has offered students a variety of experiences designed to immerse them in places or themes close to home and around the globe. While the majority of travel week experiences this year have taken place virtually, one thing is certain: all of the trips have been infused with the core pillars of the Nueva experience, namely social justice, social-emotional learning (SEL), and design thinking. 

2021 Trips Week Deans’ Roundtable

Next week, Nueva middle and upper school students will be transported around the world via Zoom, as they meet with an array of experts to explore museums, cuisine, history, and current events. We “sat down” with a few of grade-level deans for a roundtable discussion about their hopes for trips week and the programs they are most looking forward to. We also learn about the intentionality behind planning the week's itineraries to ensure we preserve the values of this important part of the Nueva experience.

Nueva Student-Athletes Return to Action After Yearlong Hiatus

Nueva Athletics has been able to bring back a number of offerings this spring, as the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) provided guidance to schools across the state. We sat down with Nueva Athletics Director Chris Wade to learn more about what this means for our student-athletes.

The Music Never Stopped: Middle and Upper School Students Keep the Beat Over the Past Year

On March 15, a group of socially-distanced students sitting in hula hoops gathered on the upper school lawn to watch the first live music performance at Nueva since March of 2020. While campus might have been quiet over the past year, the music never stopped playing—thanks to the adaptability and flexibility of our students and music teachers, Jason Muscat and Jim Munzenrider.

Nueva Students Celebrate Earth Month

Last week, Nueva was recognized by the United States Department of Education as a California Green Ribbon School. Director of Environmental Citizenship Sarah Koning noted that Nueva students have been working hard on environmental issues all month.