Social Justice, Equity,
and Inclusion


Our social justice, equity, and inclusion program inspires us to build a beloved community that is courageous, self-reflective, and intentional in its pursuit of social justice, equity, and inclusion.


The program builds upon Nueva’s focus on both social-emotional learning and design thinking by fostering empathy, encouraging innovative solutions, and promoting critical thinking skills. All three programs are rooted in a belief that empathy is a crucial mindset and that reflection and action are two sides of the same coin.


Click on the video below to hear from Director of Social Justice and Equity Alegria Barclay.

Our Beliefs

We believe that diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of an enriching educational experience and that all students benefit from learning to value, engage with, and understand difference. We celebrate our community’s multiple and intersectional identities, and welcome a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experiences. Accordingly, we believe our students will be equipped to become engaged citizens in our democracy and to participate and communicate effectively in our interdependent global community.

Finally, we believe that transformation is the ultimate aim of social justice and of education. In both arenas, the work often doesn’t reap immediate rewards and requires a profound faith in others. We know that our work at Nueva will be simultaneously rewarding and deeply challenging. Nevertheless, we believe that we are beholden to our students to build a better world. We do so by fostering a beloved community that openly acknowledges the ways in which all institutions, schools included, perpetuate inequality; and, in so doing, confronts this truth with the willingness and conviction to construct an entirely different system and world.

Enacting Our Beliefs

We are committed to enacting our beliefs in a myriad of ways, understanding that people come to the work of social justice from many different backgrounds, experiences, and comfort levels. Part of our work is to help move students, faculty, staff, and community members forward in their understanding and support of issues of equity and inclusion. To that end, we offer:

  • a range of educational and professional development opportunities

  • a support program for historically underrepresented students
  • a number of other related programming and events

Please read below for more details on our various offerings and efforts.


Meet the Social Justice, Equity & Inclusion Team

Alegria Barclay

Alegria Barclay
PreK-12 Director of 
Social Justice

A photo of Alison Williams

Alison Williams
Middle School SEL Teacher and
THRIVE Coordinator for Grades 5–12

Board Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

WE BELIEVE diversity and inclusion are essential to achieving our mission of educating gifted learners to make choices that will benefit the world.

WE ARE DEDICATED to building and sustaining a community that welcomes and celebrates diversity.

WE RECOGNIZE that cultivating an inclusive diverse community is a complex and ongoing process. We encourage and value honest conversations and believe they strengthen our community and enrich the experiences of our students, teachers, staff, and parents.

WE STRIVE to drive connection of efforts across the parent, student, and faculty communities, with the aim of cultural competency as a community.

bell hooks
American author, feminist, and social activist

"Learning is a place where paradise can be created. The classroom with all its limitations remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility we have the opportunity to labor for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom."