Diversity asks, “Who is in the room? What identities are represented here?,” while equity investigates who in the room has power and access to share their voices. Inclusion requires that we provide equal access to opportunities and resources so that each community member feels a sense of belonging.  
At NCS, we welcome students and staff from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and we believe each person enriches our community with unique gifts. Our faculty, staff, administration, and Governing Board share a commitment to supporting students as they develop self-knowledge and feel empowered in the authentic expression of themselves. We know that our students’ healthy identity development in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, family heritage, abilities, and beliefs will provide a strong and rooted center from which they will grow to be passionate, joyful, and powerful citizens of the world.  
To aid in that goal, our Office of DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) has expanded! In 2022, we welcomed Loris Adams as the first Head of DEI and Ethical Leadership to partner with the DEI office director, Jessica North Macie. Our new deans of DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) are active in each division, advocating and advising students and families with attentiveness to their sense of belonging.     
We are working earnestly and using our resources to emphasize and center DEI at our school, in collaboration with students, families, faculty, staff, and alumnae. This is an important moment in our school and in society, in which the call to be in just relationships with one another is loud and clear. Our work is not just to respond to this moment, but to chart a path for a stronger future together.

Learn how this work is brought to life and experienced by students through our Center for Ethical Leadership & Service.  
— NCS CELS Office 

DEI Opportunities for

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  • Students

    • Affinity groups and alliances
    • Diversity Forum
    • Equity Board
    • Intersectionality Council
    • Kente Cloth Ceremony
    • MLK Day Program
    • Student Diversity Leadership Conference
    • Vernot-Jonas Family Fellowship
    • RISE Curriculum for Love, Justice, and Belonging in Lower School
    • Courageous Dialogues in Middle School
    • Center for Ethical Leadership Seminar in Upper School
  • Faculty and Staff

    • Affinity groups and alliances
    • Diversity Forum
    • Faculty and Staff Diversity Committee
    • In(clusive) House Professional Development Day 
    • MLK Day Program 
    • People of Color Conference
    • SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity)
    • Upper School Student Life Committee
  • Families

    • Black Parent Alliance
    • Community Book Club
    • Lower School Parent-Faculty Focus Group 
    • Diversity Forum Annual Family Education Night

Office Members

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  • Photo of Loris Adams

    Loris Adams 

    Head of DEI, Ethical Leadership
  • Photo of Whitney Kelly

    Whitney Kelly 

    Assistant to the Head of Middle School; Middle School Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging
  • Photo of Jasmine Meade

    Jasmine Meade 

    Interim Director of DEI; Divisional Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
  • Photo of Tamara Riquelme-Manzoni

    Tamara Riquelme-Manzoni 

    Spanish Teacher; Divisional Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging