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Responding to Violence Toward the AAPI Community
The Nueva School

"Words cannot encompass the myriad of emotions I feel right now in writing yet another letter in response to another horrific tragedy to befall us these last several years. As a community, we have navigated how to respond to violence in Charlottesville, Parkland, the Tree of Life synagogue, and the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, the Capitol Riot, amongst other tragedies. This shooting comes in the midst of a much larger rise in violence and discrimination targeting members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community across the country. As a school community, we stand against all forms of violence and hatred directed towards any given group.” 
—Alegria Barclay, PreK–12 Equity & Social Justice Director

See below for more from members of Nueva’s leadership team.


In these challenging times, we know the parent community wants some guidance and needs comfort. We acknowledge the weight of the recent rise of violent hate crimes against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community, including this week's mass shooting in Atlanta, which cut across issues of race, gender and class. Indeed, the crimes have a particular impact not only on our AAPI community but on women of all backgrounds as well. We recognize that our Beloved Community feels pain, worry, fear and concern at this moment. 

Resources for Understanding Xenophobia

Things We Can Do to Supports Members of Our Nueva Community

  • Check in with other families, make space for conversations, and be the courageous upstanders and changemakers that our children are learning to be through their education at Nueva.
  • Review Alegria's slides and the recording from a recent Parent Ed workshop on how to address this rise in anti-Asian violence with our children (link accessible on your myNueva homepage).
  • Reference this excellent Anti-Racism Resource Guide that Alegria created for parents last spring.

Organizations Working on the Ground to Support the Victims of Hate Crimes

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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.