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Posted Thursday, Feb 5, 2015 5:14:49 PM
With the arrival of 25 Chinese students to Durham in mid-January, a new student exchange between Durham Academy and Beijing Experimental High School was born — resulting in a transaction of customs, languages and ideas.
Posted Friday, Jan 16, 2015 6:47:39 PM
With a few extra years of wisdom and experience under their belts, nine Durham Academy Upper School students returned to the Middle School on Friday to encourage fifth- through eighth-graders to join them in fighting injustice however they can.
Posted Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 5:34:00 PM
Speaking at Durham Academy Upper School's annual Martin Luther King assembly on Thursday, Ben Johnson — executive director of the American Immigration Council — said it's dangerous to try to draw direct parallels from the Civil Rights Movement to the state of immigration in the U.S. today. But taking a step back from the severity of those injustices fought 50 years ago, lessons can be gleaned on a big-picture scale, he said.
Posted Thursday, Jan 8, 2015 1:45:00 PM
Born into a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, Jackie Robinson may have seemed an unlikely candidate to break baseball's color line — but 28 years later, he did just that. Actor and playwright Mike Wiley brought Robinson's remarkable story to life for Durham Academy Lower and Middle School students at a pair of assemblies Wednesday.
Posted Thursday, Dec 11, 2014 4:40:00 PM
Sitting in the lobby of Durham Academy's Kirby Gym — surrounded by trophies and photos celebrating the accomplishments of female athletes — Tasneem Abu Al-Rob, a 14-year-old soccer player from Jordan, said she felt inspired. She and 13 other athletes who are expected to compete with Jordan's national 2016 U17 team were at DA as part of an athletics-focused cultural tour of the U.S., during which they've gleaned lots of lessons on the value of female empowerment.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 4:45:27 PM
Diwali is a holiday that celebrates light — both literally and figuratively — triumphing over darkness. Durham Academy Preschool students learned about the holiday during an assembly Wednesday presented by Niyati Desai and Veshana Ramiah, mothers of DA kindergartners Ansh Desai and Tej Oldham. Tina Subherwal, mother of Preschooler Naina Subherwal, assisted with the assembly but was unable to attend.
Posted Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 5:16:00 PM
Freshmen practiced capoeira alongside seniors, students guided their classmates into candid discussions about gender inequality and ethnicity, and dozens of new friendships were forged during Durham Academy Upper School's Mix It Up Day observance on Thursday.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 5:25:00 PM
With just three fill-in-the-blank sentences and 10 minutes, poet Starr Seward equipped an auditorium full of teenagers with the tools to write moving verses of self-expression and empowerment. The theme? You are like a glacier. Only ten percent of your true self is visible to the naked eye.
Posted Friday, Oct 3, 2014 5:55:00 PM
Twenty-four primary school principals from Jiangsu Province, China, visited the Lower School Friday as part of a training program to study the U.S. education system. The Chinese principals visited each Lower School classroom, as well as reading, math, science, computer, music, drama, library, physical education, and art rooms, and they even spent time on the playground observing recess.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 9:00:00 AM
Marching with thousands of fellow LGBTQ advocates through Duke University's East Campus was "an amazing experience," Durham Academy senior Ralitsa Kalfas said after DA's first official appearance in the N.C. Pride Festival parade on Sept. 27.
Posted Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 2:00:00 PM
Long before iPads, televisions and telephones, Jews depended on the shofar to announce important events, and Preschoolers had an opportunity to hear a shofar Wednesday morning as part of a Rosh Hashanah assembly.
Posted Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 1:06:27 PM
With the new school year just kicking into gear, the Preschool and Lower School Diversity Committee is hosting it's 2nd annual "Back to School Family Social in the Park." Families will be able to reconnect with old friends as well as forge new friendships. Lower School teachers Mr. Mason and Mrs. Chandler will be organizing group games, so wear your athletic shoes! Food will be available for purchase, but families are welcome to pack their own along picnic with lawn chairs, blankets or coolers. We encourage all Preschool and Lower School families to attend on Saturday, September 6 from 4:00 - 6:00 at Rockwood Park in Durham.
Posted Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 10:48:06 AM
When a photo like this comes across the Communications office Inbox, we've just got to know more! Derek Rhodes is a Durham Academy alumnus and currently a senior at Duke University majoring in Public Policy with double minors in Political Science and Spanish. This summer, Derek was selected to serve in the prestigious and highly competitive White House Internship Program, where he was lucky enough to cross paths and chat with none other than the President of the United States. We asked Derek for a behind-the-scenes description of his VIP encounter and life working at the White House.
Posted Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:00:00 AM
Durham Academy senior Joia Freeman recalls her time in Sheppy Vann's kindergarten class as simply "wonderful." The retiring teacher and Preschool director "made it her mission to connect with each and every one of us," she said.
Posted Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9:00:00 AM
From traditional Indian dance performances to oh-so-American concessions like hot dogs and cotton candy, the Durham Academy community celebrated its rich diversity and culture on May 9 at the third annual Culture and Community Festival.
Posted Friday, May 2, 2014 1:00:00 PM
Durham Academy's Preschool is a joyful place, full of happy children who are excited about school, and no one rejoices in that more than Sheppy Vann, DA kindergarten teacher since 1984 and director of the Preschool since 1990. She's the first face many families associate with DA, and she is retiring at this summer.
Posted Friday, May 2, 2014 10:00:00 AM
From golden challah and fragrant stuffed grape leaves to tandoori chicken and chewy African jerky, all corners of the Earth were represented in the Upper School's International Day feast on May 2. Parents and faculty pitched in to create a buffet that delighted adventurous taste buds and celebrated the great diversity of the Durham Academy community.
Posted Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:00:00 PM
You think your high school years were rough? Try this scenario on for size. You enroll in a new high school at age 16, you're the only Latina in the 11th grade, and you're barely bilingual. For Ana María Diaz Rocha, that was the reality she faced in 2004 when her family emigrated from Colombia and she started her junior year at Durham Academy.
Posted Friday, Apr 11, 2014 2:00:00 PM
On any other warm spring Friday, a visitor to the Durham Academy Upper School campus would encounter a steady din at lunchtime as students chatted on the courtyard and played soccer on the quad. But the noise level was several decibels lower than normal on Friday, April 11, as several dozen students shared only solemn glances, going about their day wordlessly.
Posted Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 3:00:00 PM
It's one thing to study the Civil Rights Movement. It's another to hear from a man who helped bring the races together in 1950s Durham when racial segregation was the rule and the law. Durham Academy fourth-graders had that opportunity March 3, when legendary Duke University and Olympic track and field coach Al Buehler sat down for a question-and-answer session at the Lower School.
Posted Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 3:00:00 PM
It was with a dose of current pop culture that Dr. Blair Kelley addressed Durham Academy Upper School students at their annual Black History Month assembly, describing her talk as "Why I hated Django Unchained and loved 12 Years a Slave. Kelley – an associate professor in the N.C. State University Department of History, as well as a parent of a DA Middle School student – addressed students on Feb. 20, just a little more than a week before 12 Years a Slave won three Academy Awards, including for best picture.
Posted Monday, Feb 3, 2014 5:00:00 PM
Durham Academy's commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and other civil rights pioneers might best be illustrated by the sound of two seniors' soaring voices over the soft snapping of Lower Schoolers' fingers — some of the school's youngest and oldest students, gathered to honor those who have fought in the battle for civil rights. Each division marked Martin Luther King Day in its own way.
Posted Friday, Jan 31, 2014 5:00:00 PM
Durham Academy will host a screening of American Promise on Tuesday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium.
Posted Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 9:00:00 PM
It's often said that the best teachers are lifelong learners. In the waning days of students' summer break, Durham Academy faculty and staff found themselves as pupils yet again during the Aug. 15 school-wide professional development day. The day's focus was diversity and inclusion, which participants explored through the screening of a film and several workshops.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 10:00:00 PM
Through poetry and the heartfelt expression of their own feelings, Durham Academy Upper School students recognized the accomplishments and struggles of African Americans Feb. 21 during the school's Black History Month assembly.
Posted Monday, Feb 4, 2013 10:00:00 PM
In all of her years as a legal scholar, Dr. Maxine Eichner, a law professor at UNC Chapel Hill, has never seen such a sea change on an issue as she's witnessing now on the issue of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights.
Posted Monday, Jan 7, 2013 2:06:24 PM
Five Durham Academy students, accompanied by five DA members of the DA faculty, participated in the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in Houston from Dec. 6 to 8.
Posted Monday, Jan 7, 2013 1:51:33 PM
Durham Academy Upper School will host 11 civil rights banners created by the Durham Civil Rights Heritage Project. The project began in 2003 to gather pictures and stories depicting the Civil Rights Movement in Durham. The banners will be displayed in the Upper School Learning Commons and the lobby of Kenan Auditorium from Wednesday, Jan. 9, until mid-February.
Posted Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 4:00:00 PM
It's all too easy for students to fall into a routine at lunchtime, eating with friends of the same grade level or who participate in common activities.
Posted Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 4:11:00 PM
Continuing Durham Academy's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Middle School welcomed Alex Weiss & Different Drum to share its Latin- and African-tinged sound with students Oct. 11.
Why DA?
Office of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Kemi Nonez
Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Associate Director of Enrollment Management 
919-489-6569 (x6111)

Upper School

Kelly Teagarden
Upper School Humanities Teacher
 

Middle School

Jeff Boyd
Middle School Language Arts & History
 

Cindy Moore
Learning Specialist, Pre-K to Sixth Grade

 

Lower School

Nataki McClain
Lower School Math Specialist
 
 

Pamela McKenney
Lower School Art


Preschool

Elizabeth Allan
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