Justice, Equity, Diversity, and


Our justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) 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.

JEDI in Action

Students Share Why Coming Out Has Been So Important to Them

Observed annually on October 11, National Coming Out Day is a day to celebrate coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBTQ+ community. This year, we invited middle and upper school students to share why coming out has been important in the development of their identities. 

How to Care for an Adolescent in the Year 2021

In Amber Carpenter’s upper school creative writing class, students have been exploring flash storytelling. They wrote three vignettes or fragments that provided instructions on how to care for an adolescent in the year 2021.

Celebrating Latina Heritage

For Hispanic Heritage Month, we invited three Latina faculty members in our Nueva community—Paloma Hernandez, Ana Cecilia Alvarez, and Karla Ortiz—to reflect on the question: What do you want to celebrate about your Latina heritage?

Identity Unraveled

Inspired by all the conversations she's had as equity and inclusion representative on student council, senior Fiona T. recently launched a new podcast, Identity Unraveled

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.

An Open Letter to My Students in Response to Racist Hate Crimes

As a first-generation Asian immigrant, I have experienced very complicated emotions about the recent news. Every day for the past year, whether I was walking, shopping, or taking out the garbage, anti-Asian news stories have been in my head, reminding me to be careful. I am a mother, teacher, Taiwanese, American, friend, aunt, sister, daughter—but I have never felt my identity as an Asian immigrant so consciously.

Our Beliefs

We believe that justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are fundamental parts 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 JEDI Team

Alegria Barclay

Alegria Barclay
Director of 
Social Justice & Equity

A photo of Alison Williams

Alison Williams
JEDI Student Support and Programming Coordinator, Grades 7–12

B Garcia
JEDI Student Support and Programming Coordinator, PreK–6

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."