Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

At Noble Academy, we strive to create an inclusive community that celebrates our differences. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Team will be choosing a Person of the Week each week that represents a different trait that we value at Noble.  Please see below for this month’s People of the Week!

The April Focus Trait is ___


Second Week of April

Person: Nelson Mandela
Reason: Nelson Mandela, was born July 18, 1918, in Mvezo, South Africa—died December 5, 2013, in Johannesburg. Mandela was a Black nationalist and the first Black president of South Africa (1994–1999). Mandela was an anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader, as well as a philanthropist with an abiding love for children.

Third Week of April

Person: Thurgood Marshall

Reason: Thurgood Marshall, originally Thoroughgood Marshall, (born July 2, 1908, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.—died January 24, 1993, Bethesda). Thurgood Marshall was an American lawyer and civil rights activist who served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court’s first African American justice.

Fourth Week of April

Person: Mahatma Gandhi

Reason: Mahatma Gandhi, byname of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, (born October 2, 1869, Porbandar, India—died January 30, 1948, Delhi). Gandhi was the leader of India’s non-violent independence movement against British rule and in South Africa who advocated for the civil rights of Indians. Gandhi studied law and organized boycotts against British institutions in peaceful forms of civil disobedience.


The March Focus Trait is Positive Attitude


First Week of March

Person: Ibtihaj Muhammad

Reason: Ibtihaj Muhammad is an American sabre fencer and member of the United State fencing team. She is an Olympic medalist and is also known for being the first Muslim American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the United States in the Olympics. Ibtihaj Muhammad discusses embracing and believing in herself and choosing happiness to go forward in her journey.

(6-8) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF0Oph7p-3g
-> Watch from 00 – 3:20 & 7:27 – 8:16


Second Week of March

Person: Amanda Gorman

Reason: Amanda Gorman is an American poet and activist, who is also the youngest inaugural poet in the history of the United States. Although she had speech impediment during childhood, Amanda Gorman used it as her strengths and empowered herself. She founded One Pen One Page that provides creative writing programs for underserved youth.

Third Week of March

Person: Kizzmekia Corbett

Reason: Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett is an American viral immunologist and an Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard University. Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett led a team that developed the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett is an advocator of STEM education and vaccine awareness in the community.
-> Watch from 00:00 – 1:54

Fourth Week of March

Person: Helen Keller

Reason: Helen Keller was an American author, educator, and activist. Helen Keller was both deaf and blind due to an unknown illness. With help of the teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan, Helen Keller learned to read and write. Helen Keller wrote numerous books and articles and advocated for people with disabilities.

The February Focus Trait is Cultural Diversity


First Week of February

Person: Whoopi Goldberg

Reason: She is an African American actor, comedian, author, and television personality. She is an advocate for human rights and raising awareness on discrimination. She has hosted and moderated panel discussions at the United Nations on human rights, children, armed conflict, and reconciliation. She is on the board of selectors of Jefferson Awards for Public Service and also serves on the National Council Advisory Board of the National Museum of American Illustration.

Second Week of February

Person: Kobe Bryant

Reason: Kobe was a professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Bryant was the official ambassador for After-School All-Stars (ASAS), an American non-profit organization that provides comprehensive after-school programs to children in thirteen US cities. Bryant also started the Kobe Bryant China Fund which partnered with the Soong Ching Ling Foundation, a charity backed by the Chinese government. The Kobe Bryant China Fund raises money within China earmarked for education and health programs. Together with his wife, Bryant founded the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation (KVBFF). Its goals are “helping young people in need, encouraging the development of physical and social skills through sports, and assisting the homeless.

Third Week of February

Person: Maya Angelou

Reason: Dr. Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Her foundation the Dr. Maya Angelou Foundation has a mission to improve the quality of life for all human beings and to support educational excellence and healthcare equity initiatives for all.

Fourth Week of February

Person: Malala Yousafzai

Reason: Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. She is also the world’s youngest Nobel Prize laureate, and second Pakistani to ever receive a Nobel Prize. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially the education of women and children in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has grown into an international movement, and according to former Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, she has become the country’s “most prominent citizen”.

The January Focus Trait is Citizenship


Week of Jan. 4

Person: Martin Luther King Jr.

Reason: He was an African American minister who worked so that all people would be treated fairly. He led peaceful marches and gave speeches. He showed citizenship through using his actions to improve the community

Week of Jan 10.

Person: Oprah Winfrey

Reason: Oprah not only achieved her own dreams against all odds but inspires people around the world to do the same. Winfrey has been a champion for education and a vocal critic of gender and racial injustice.

Week of Jan 18.

Person: Lebron James

Reason: LeBron has really invested himself into making as large of an impact as he can, specifically for underserved youth, hoping to help kids who reflect the struggles he faced growing up in Akron, Ohio. Lebron has continuously using his status to highlight injustice and speak out on social and political issues he feels strongly about.

Week of Jan. 24

Person: Gabby Douglas

Reason: Douglas is a three-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics. She’s one of the youngest gymnasts to win Olympic gold, but already she’s full of wisdom. After winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics at 17, she wrote a book, “Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith,”. She’s the first African-American to win the prestigious individual all-around event in Olympic gymnastics. And a Barbie named after her was released in Barbie’s line of “Shero” dolls to inspire girls to break boundaries. She’s an advocate for treating everyone with human dignity and actively advocates against bullying, both online and IRL.

The December Focus Trait is Empathy

Week of Nov. 29 Person:

Stephen Curry

Reason: Stephen Curry, an NBA basketball player is inspired by people who are still making time to give back to their communities, even in difficult moments in life. Stephen believes it is important to be a good listener and show empathy with an individual’s situation. He decided to team up with his friends at Homies Empowerment, a youth and community development organization based in Oakland to pay it forward.

(K-3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L_ID5JUDN4

(4-8) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhL4zC6XDnc


Week of Dec. 6  Person:

Marian Wright Edelman 

Reason: Marian Wright Edelman, civil rights activist and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, has dedicated her life to those who cannot always lift themselves up. Edelman obtained a law degree at Yale and worked in Mississippi, becoming the first African-American woman to be admitted to that state’s bar. As an expression of her empathy for disadvantaged youth, she continues to advocate for all youth around the world.

Week of Dec. 13 Person:

Michelle Obama

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is a lawyer, writer, and the wife of the 44th President, Barack Obama. She is the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Through her four main initiatives, she has become a role model for women and an advocate for healthy families, service members, higher education, and international adolescent girls education. Her ability to walk in someone else’s shoes is a reminder of what makes her so influential and powerful- her radical empathy.

The November Focus Trait is Caring


Week of November 1

Person: Maya Moore
Reason: Maya Moore sacrificed her career in order to care for the injustice of others. She cared for others before caring for herself. She has also teamed up with UNICEF to help care for kids around the world. 

Week of November 8

Person: Dikembe Mutombo
Reason: Mutombo started the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and it later became one the first hospitals in the surrounding area with the support of his donations from his basketball career. He used his athletic strengths to care for the people in his country. 

Week of November 15

Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett
Reason: Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett used her knowledge and hard work to collaborate with a team and develop the Moderna vaccine to fight Covid-19. Corbett shows care by working hard and staying determined for the care of protecting the safety and health of our world. 

October People of the Week – Focus Trait: Respect


Week of October 4th

Person of the Week: Rihanna
Reason Chosen:  Rihanna dedicates her time to a foundation that she founded called the Clara Lionel Foundation (https://claralionelfoundation.org/about-us/). Through this foundation, Rihanna shows respect to people around the world by assisting in providing them with emergency preparedness, policy & system changes, and education.

Additional Link for Foundation: https://claralionelfoundation.org/about-us/


Week of October 12th:

People of the Week: Indigenous People
Reason Chosen: Indigenous Peoples day is on October 11th. It is important that we recognize and respect Indigenous People because they help protect our environment, fight climate change, and build resilience to natural disasters, yet their rights aren’t always protected.


Week of October 18th:

Person of the Week: Simone Biles
Reason Chosen:  During the 2021 Summer Olympics in Toyko, Simone Biles showed respect for herself by putting her mental health and safety above winning another gold medal. After taking a break for her mental health, she returned to the Olympics to continue to compete.

Week of October 25th:

Person of the Week: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Reason Chosen:   Ruth Bader Ginsburg dedicated her life to fighting for equal respect for women, members of the LGBTQ community, and marginalized groups. She was also the first woman ever elected to the supreme court!