Amid the reopening of school, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Serena Bush, and I’m delighted to assume the position of director of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. Throughout my tenure at NSA, I’ve made positive contributions, and I’m fully committed to leading our efforts in making NSA more diverse, inclusive and equitable for all. The brave voices within our community have been heard, and we are moving forward with compassion, courage and conviction. Nansemond-Suffolk Academy stands with those affected by injustices, and we welcome this opportunity to reflect on our systems, practices and programs. This is an institutional priority for us.
Dear NSA Students, Families, Alumni, Faculty and Staff,
As a result of a heartfelt letter we recently received that was signed by alumni and others in the community, we have been actively listening and engaging in conversations with alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students as well as current and past trustees regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. I want to sincerely thank everyone who has shared insights, thoughts and suggestions with the goal of making Nansemond-Suffolk Academy a leader, not only in secondary education but also ensuring that we continue working to build and maintain a warm, safe environment where all students feel valued, appreciated and challenged.
A Message and Invitation for NSA Alumni from Head of School Debbie Russell
Dear NSA Alumni,
Last week, I wrote an email to our NSA parents, students, faculty and staff expressing our heartfelt concern over the death of George Floyd, the injustice he experienced and the lack of progress our society has made as it relates to social justice and equality for all. In that letter, we shared that NSA would resolve to further our commitment to improve our school, our community and our world through further education and action so every individual, regardless of the color of their skin or differences, feels safe, respected, valued and connected to those around them.
One only has to watch the news or what is happening in communities locally and nationwide to realize that people across the country and in our NSA community, particularly our African American families, are hurting, anxious, afraid and saddened by the recent events. The death of George Floyd and the injustice he experienced have reminded us of what little progress our society has made as it relates to social justice and equality for all.
Online learning is not a new concept for students at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, but the length of time they will have to use it is new. While NSA has a virtual learning plan that it has used in cases of inclement weather, when it closed school due to the coronavirus pandemic, the school held off on virtual learning for a week. Rather than rush right in, faculty took time to research additional online tools to deliver lessons, to practice using them and to create lessons for several weeks. To continue reading the article in The Suffolk News-Herald, please click here.