The ideal of Dr. King’s Beloved Community is near and dear to my heart. How truly fortunate I feel, then, to be living in this present moment and to witness in gestures small and grand the embodiment of this ideal. From my neighbors who daily ask our elderly friends if they need groceries to our very own Rob Zomber spending countless hours assembling mask-making kits to the activists, far and wide, clamoring for justice, for protection, for healthcare, for dignity, and for the building of a better world starting today. In the midst of all the uncertainty and fear, I confess to feeling a swelling of hope and a spark of elation as I see my fellow citizens wholeheartedly embracing our collective humanity. This is not social distancing. It is social solidarity on a scale I have never seen and I am humbled and deeply moved to bear witness to it.
Let’s choose to build stronger bonds between us. Let’s remember when this has passed what was laid so bare for all to see. Let’s make compassion our calling and community our road forward. Let’s be the people who they’ll write about—the ones who saw this as a crossroads, a turning point, the moment we decided to make real the Beloved Community. Let’s be brave and powerful, at times faltering, yet far-sighted and fearless in our dreams for this world, this planet, and ourselves.
– Alegria Barclay, Equity & Social Justice Director
There are big ways and small ways that members of our community have built our Beloved Community. We invite you to contribute to this page by clicking the image above and sharing a story of kindness, optimism, joy, and hope.
Click on the stories below and read about Nueva's Beloved Community.
After learning about the rise in anti-Asian discrimination, Joshua K. wrote a song to remind us that we're "All the Same."
Ask a student, teacher, or parent what makes Nueva so special and, more often than not, the answer you will hear is “The community.” This community has demonstrated in ways great and small what it means to come together during a time of great need to support one another, as well as the greater community around us.
Coming together as a community is critical in combating any kind of discrimination, particularly when it arises from fear and ignorance. As Asian American activist groups began to respond to this current manifestation of racism, I focused on new ways I could stand up for my community, against ignorant or hateful acts targeting Asian Americans.
Sophomore grade-level representative Andrew C. recognized the need to create connections between his sophomore peers and the senior class.
Nueva teachers from prekindergarten through twelfth grade have been learning by doing, adapting their curricula and utilizing digital technologies to bring their classes into an online space.
Our concert series, Succulent Sound Garden, is adapting to the times. We’re now Sofa Sound Garden! From living rooms to kitchen tables, backyards to garages, Nueva students and faculty will continue to share their love of music from home.
Rachel has been a trivia buff for many years, and she is sharing her love of knowledge with the Nueva community. Rachel recently hosted two trivia nights, one for Nueva seniors and the other for faculty and staff members.
Twenty-one Upper School Students, faculty and staff members participated in the WRC’s Poetry Aloud on Wednesday afternoon, a virtual poetry reading bursting with creativity.
Did you miss the One World: Together at Home concert? Here's your chance for another musical feast! Gather your family around our virtual stage and enjoy a community concert presented by the Menuhin-Dowling program.