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Our Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

Dear NSA Families,

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.

While we strive at NSA to build a community in which our commitment to equity and inclusion for all individuals is evidenced not only by our core values, but also by our everyday actions and our interactions with one another, we realize there is more work to be done. And while we cannot ignore our history or mistakes we may have made in the past, it is important that we look forward together. At NSA, we 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. 

As educators, we are here to support all families who are struggling with how to engage in conversations, particularly with our children, around race, tolerance, prejudice and the recent events. It is important that we open the dialogue, have conversations and listen in order to move forward in a positive manner for justice and human dignity for all. Below you will find a list of resources to promote conversations at home and within our communities. Our counselors are also listed below and are available to support our students and families.
    
 

If we can assist in any way, please do not hesitate to let us know.
 
All my best,

Debbie Russell
Head of School
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Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is a coeducational, college preparatory private school located in Suffolk, VA. Pre-kindergarten - Grade 12.