Diversity and Inclusion at NHA
At National History Academy, our top priority is to teach students about US history and inspire them to become active stakeholders in our democracy in a space that supports diversity and inclusion. From our student body, to faculty and our guest speakers, we intentionally choose to reflect the diversity of the nation, a choice that enriches every aspect of National History Academy.
Through discussions, debates, site visits, and daily activities, we create leaders for the future. Our students leave the program with the tools to go out into the world to create change. Students at NHA are open minded, excited to learn, and eager to be engaged in our democracy. Through our debate model we encourage students to challenge themselves by reflecting on their own perspectives and experiences and in turn, be active listeners to those who may differ. At the core of our effective debate format is our diversity, which allows everyone involved to be exposed to all kinds of differing perspectives.
NHA does not discriminate against or turn students away no matter one’s sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, geographic location, political beliefs, race or ethnicity. NHA strives to be a welcoming environment where students of all backgrounds feel heard and accepted. We firmly believe that the Academy would not be able to operate to its fullest potential without a commitment to inclusivity and the many wonderful students who reflect it.
What diversity looks like at NHA
Our student body reflects the demographics of the United States. Each year we bring students together from every part of the country.
Students who attend National History Academy come away better prepared for college and with a deeper understanding and appreciation of what it means to be an American. The Academy is based on active learning; all students participate in discussions and debates. Students develop their opinions and advocate for their viewpoints. They question each other, consider differing opinions and, inevitably, learn from each other as their individual positions evolve on key issues.
In addition to a dramatic increase in historical and civic literacy, students in both our residential and online programs gain social literacy. Throughout we encourage diversity of thought, and students are in class with others who are deeply interested in democracy. As they develop creative and critical thinking skills, they learn how to interact with peers from very different backgrounds. They learn from, and personally visit with, national leaders from a variety of fields, whether in person or on Zoom. Students gain self-confidence and feel better prepared for life beyond high school.
This growth in historical, civic and social literacy was documented both anecdotally and through surveys of our students. After completing the Academy:
- 96% felt they had a better understanding of what it means to be an American.
- 94% said the Academy improved their opinion of people with different backgrounds and perspectives than their own.
- 92% of students thought the Academy was more memorable than their other experiences studying history and government.
- 89% felt more confident after attending the Academy.
- 94% feel more prepared for college.
- 100% would recommend National History Academy to a friend.