An Independent School • Grades 5-12

Our Work Together: Inclusion, Multiculturalism, Respect

Our Work Together, Lakeside’s equity and inclusion initiative that launched in 2018, follows more than 50 years of ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion work by generations of Lakesiders.

While Lakeside has met many of the initiative’s goals and objectives, others have been revised or added. To graduate students with an equity and inclusion mindset, the school and all members of the community must live that mindset, using anti-racist and social justice filters to interrogate and change the school’s systems. 

Read our summer 2021 update on Our Work Together: Inclusion, Multiculturalism, Respect.

Receiving feedback

In summer 2020 — during a time of national reckoning about systemic racism and bias — we listened and learned about the experience of Lakeside community members who identify as Black, African American, or African.

At listening sessions, administrators heard from members of the Upper School Black Student Union, and separately, with parents and guardians of African, African American, and Caribbean students.
We read stories and experiences shared on @BlackatLakeside and @nbpocatlakeside on Instagram. 

We want to thank every person who — by name or anonymously — shared their stories and experiences. Here are our main takeaways from what we heard, read, and witnessed.


Our Work Together Dashboard

This dashboard tracks and measures how we are doing on Our Work Together’s four goals, including what’s going well and what needs improvement. Information is updated throughout the year, and key areas of work are highlighted in the videos below.

Efforts to make Lakeside a truly inclusive and equitable school are ongoing and evolving. Systemic and institutional change, and shifting the culture of an institution, take time. We are focused on taking actions that will have an immediate as well as a sustained impact.

We hope members of our community will review what we have done and are planning and share their constructive ideas about actions we should consider taking.