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Posted Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 5:48:00 PM
Cindy Moore never doubted that she wanted to work with kids. "I was always a babysitter. I was always the person that the adults in my life left in charge of kids. I always have loved kids, even when I was a kid. I knew that I wanted to do something related to kids. I think I actually knew that it was either a psychologist or a pediatrician, and I was afraid of medical school."
Posted Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 5:34:00 PM
What matters to Julian Adler is breaking down stereotypes. What matters to Sydney Lin is sharing her Sri Lankan culture. What matters to Madi Dunk and Anna West is exploring the successes of Title IX. What matters to Jaxon Wilkerson is sharing his enthusiasm for improv comedy.
Posted Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 5:09:00 PM
Successful intellectual communities tend to be built with some key characteristics: academic excellence, collaboration and global citizenship. But their true foundation, Durham Academy Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner says, is grounded in diverse voices and a diverse community. Teaching is impossible without dialogue, and dialogue is impossible without different perspectives. A diverse community is a critical part of academic excellence and the educational experience.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017 5:00:00 PM
Durham Academy and Duke alumnus Derek Rhodes is looking to inspire the next generation of young people to commit to careers in public service. What better way to reach them than through a children's book?
Posted Thursday, Jan 5, 2017 5:51:00 PM
For five years beginning in 1951, radio listeners were enraptured by the CBS program This I Believe, in which essayists — both well-known personalities and everyday people — were asked to pen "a statement of your personal beliefs, of the values which rule your thought and action."
Posted Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 10:52:00 AM
Durham Academy will host a screening of the film 120 Days, which follows the story of a family of undocumented immigrants living in North Carolina, on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium. Following the screening will be a Q&A with the documentary's director, Ted Roach. The event is free and open to the public.
Posted Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016 3:00:00 PM
All Preschool and Lower School families are invited to the annual Diversity Social in the Park event, set for Saturday, Sept. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Duke Park.
Posted Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 11:00:00 AM
All members of the Durham Academy community are invited to gather Friday, May 13, for the Culture and Community Festival, a school-wide celebration of diversity and inclusion.
Posted Thursday, Feb 4, 2016 4:46:38 PM
"I have some hot coffee here. If you guys don't get off these stools, I'm going to pour it on you!" bellowed the man, as he loomed over the sitting students. "You're not supposed to be on these stools — these stools are only for white people."
Posted Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 5:07:00 PM
One by one, the student called his African-American peers over to take a group photo in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. When he called over Dr. Cindy Moore — a Durham Academy learning specialist who was helping to chaperone the annual seventh-grade trip to the nation's capital — she couldn't help but notice the demographics of the group. And then she was struck by a comment from one of the students: "We're 8.3 percent of this class."
Posted Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 5:05:00 PM
The imagery is striking. Each person stands motionless, his or her eyes fixed on the viewer. Meanwhile, the world is whizzing by — other people in the frame a blur of motion, seemingly oblivious to the battle that each photo's subject faces as a result of stereotypes. But, we, the viewer, are given a clue: a placard reminding us that behind religion, skin tone, sexual orientation, ability, nationality, gender and the like, there is something so much more important — a person.
Posted Thursday, Dec 10, 2015 3:04:01 PM
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the 28th People of Color Conference (PoCC) in Tampa, Florida. This NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) event, which observed its largest attendance to date, is designed to gather independent school professionals in the shared focus of improving equity and inclusion in their respective communities.
Posted Thursday, Nov 5, 2015 4:55:11 PM
According to the United Nations, there were 19.5 million refugees worldwide at the end of 2014 — a total that has ballooned in the months since as millions of people continue to flee violence in Syria. That vast number can make it difficult for people half a world away to see refugees' plight in terms of individual men, women, girls and boys with hopes and dreams — rather than a faceless mass of people.
Posted Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 5:48:00 PM
The lights were dimmed, and silence filled the classroom. Ten Durham Academy Middle Schoolers, gathered for their club period, had their eyes fixed to the projector screen at the front of the room, and nervous excitement hung heavy in the air. "Buffering," one student muttered jokingly, exchanging an excited glance with a classmate. And then, click — the occupants of teacher Virginia Hall's classroom were transported halfway around the world, to their first meeting with their new friends in New Delhi, India.
Posted Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 4:49:00 PM
At first glance, it appears to be a typical weekday morning on the Durham Academy Upper School campus. But then the rhythm of salsa music emanating from a language classroom piques your interest, and, through the window, you spy silhouettes dancing inside. A couple of doors down, a discussion about LGBTQ superheroes has drawn such a crowd that the door hangs open. In classrooms all over campus, freshmen sit beside seniors, enraptured in candid discussions led by fellow students, guests and faculty. It's an intentionally not-quite-typical day — DA's annual Mix-It-Up Day.
Posted Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 5:27:05 PM
On the surface, it can be easy to see differences from one person to the next — a spectrum of skin tones, varying accents, age differences. But if you take a few minutes to have a conversation with someone, to learn about his or her family and interests, you just might find that we're more alike than we are different. That's what Durham Academy AP French students and third-graders discovered through Photo de Classe, an audiovisual project through which the older students facilitated an exploration of their younger classmates' identities via interviews.
Posted Thursday, Sep 24, 2015 4:01:00 PM
Why should we take time to observe Hispanic Heritage Month and prioritize Latino/a studies? Well, for starters, there's the fact that as of July 2014, Latinos/as comprised 17 percent of America's population. And there's the projection that by the year 2060, Hispanics will make up more than 30 percent of the nation's population. But — as María DeGuzmán told students at the Upper School's Hispanic Heritage Month assembly on Thursday — Latinos/as aren't just a part of America's present and future; they've also played a major role in American history, dating back to the Spaniards who in the 16th century led expeditions along what is now the southeastern U.S. coast.
Posted Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 5:36:00 PM
As a young adult, Peter Dalglish's path seemed predetermined and familiar to many of the Upper School students he spoke to on Wednesday. He went to Stanford, graduated from Canada's top law school and the future he envisioned for himself was simple – make a lot of money, race around in a Porsche with the top down and ski at Whistler on weekends. But then, he had an epiphany. Not in the religious sense, but a sudden realization that was powerful in its clarity.
Posted Thursday, Aug 27, 2015 8:58:00 AM
Durham Academy opened the 2015-2016 school year with 1,185 students, topping last year's 1,183 opening day enrollment, which was also DA's largest-ever. It was an unprecedented year for admissions: DA has reached a record enrollment, yet enrolled fewer new students, 143, than the 167 new students in 2014-2015.
Posted Friday, Jun 5, 2015 11:01:00 AM
Durham Academy alumna Breanna Byrd '15 has a way with words, delivering passionate spoken word poetry performances on a national stage. So it's no surprise that even in her everyday life, she chooses her language — both what she says and what she doesn't say — carefully.
Posted Thursday, May 7, 2015 2:49:50 PM
Durham Academy Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner and Assistant Head of School/Upper School Director Lee Hark's recent weeklong trip to China served as a great source of ideas as the school seeks to bolster a student exchange program and expand conversations about curricular globalization.
Posted Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 2:57:00 PM
Preschoolers toured the world the evening of April 23, but their journey didn't require air or sea travel. They "visited" Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Antarctica and Oceania without ever leaving the Preschool.
Posted Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 2:28:37 PM
Durham Academy's Lower School was abuzz with activity April 17, as 350 grandparents and friends from as far away as China, Russia, Israel and Poland got a window into the world of the third grade's year-long study of the United States. The third grade Celebration of Our Nation kicked off with a performance in Brumley Performing Arts Building that was punctuated by ethnic and cultural songs and traditional folk dances and concluded with a display of each student's state project in the Lower School gym.
Posted Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 4:23:42 PM
With the best in documentary film screened practically right in Durham Academy's backyard at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival each year, the downtown Durham festival has become a rite of spring for many DA students and faculty. Sixteen Upper School spring seminar participants attended the festival for two full days, and nine members of the Upper School Diversity Club took in the festival for a day.
Posted Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 2:47:00 PM
Before the first scene of the powerful documentary I'm Not Racist ... Am I? illuminated the big screen in Durham Academy's Kenan Auditorum on Wednesday, film producer André Robert Lee offered a warning and a request: "You may hear some things that hit you, that are hard to digest. I ask you to sit and stay with that, and realize that sometimes, moving into that discomfort, learning into discomfort is important to help us move forward the conversation."
Posted Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 3:52:00 PM
One of Durham Academy's great strengths is the incredible diversity of our families, and for 18 years, the Upper School has celebrated the diversity of our cultural palates at the annual International Day event. As always, parent volunteers from all divisions are needed to provide and serve food for the 500 students, faculty and parents in attendance.
Posted Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 4:28:50 PM
From a documentary focused on color discrimination within the African American community to a film examining the ideals of manhood in American culture, Upper Schoolers dove into gender issues this week during the school's first-ever Spring Film Fest. The four-day event, held during extended tutorial periods, was hosted by four equality-minded clubs: SHE, He for She, the Diversity Club and the Gender and Sexuality Alliance.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 2:01:00 PM
"I'm Not Racist ... Am I?" is a documentary that follows 12 diverse New York City teens tackling those issues through workshops and often tense and painful conversations with their friends and family over the course of an entire year. Durham Academy will host a screening of the film on Wednesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with one of the filmmakers.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 1:59:25 PM
I'm Not Racist... Am I? is a documentary that follows 12 diverse New York City teens on a year-long journey to get to the heart of racism.
Posted Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 5:22:00 PM
Durham Academy senior Faith Couch describes her school as a "multifaceted community," representing diversity in nearly every sense of the word. Even so, in such a tolerant environment, it's easy to avoid discussing certain issues of importance with people who are different from one another. So the Upper School Diversity Club has launched What Matters to Me, an initiative that encourages just those kinds of deep, sometimes controversial conversations on campus.
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