NIA Endowed Scholarship

NIA is the Swahili word for “purpose.” NIA encourages us to look within ourselves and set goals that are beneficial to the community. It represents our hopes and dreams for the future of our children and future of Head-Royce. As a group of parents, faculty and administrators, we collectively strive to foster community spirit within Head-Royce while building partnerships with community groups, individuals and businesses.

NIA was established in 2003 when four Head-Royce mothers met to discuss how they could contribute and support the three tenets of the Head-Royce mission—scholarship, diversity and citizenship. It was decided to host an annual speakers event that would be open to the Head-Royce and greater Oakland communities. These founding members also had the equally important goal of establishing an endowed scholarship to support the tuition for students of color admitted to Head-Royce School. The NIA Scholarship Endowment Fund has raised over $200,000 and ensures an admitted student of color will have financial backing throughout their Head-Royce academic career, regardless of any socio-economic limitations.


Diversity, Equity, + Inclusion Events

The Office of Equity and Inclusion is proud to partner with various Head-Royce groups––including the CommunityEd Speaker's Series, the Parents' Association, and NIA––to bring outstanding thinkers and activists to our community.



Angela Davis

March 2021

Kwame Alexander

February 2021

Sunisa Manning

December 2020

Dr. Dena Simmons

August 2020

Dr. Howard C. Stevenson

July 2020

Angie Thomas

February 2020