Parent/Guardian Affinity Groups
We know identity impacts the ways in which students and their families experience Lakeside School. Our students have long had the opportunity to participate in affinity groups (gatherings of individuals who share an identity, e.g., race, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic class).
Sponsored by the Parents and Guardians Association (PGA) and in partnership with the office of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the PGA affinity groups are designed to support families whose backgrounds historically have been underrepresented in the school. We continue to develop ways to honor the many voices, experiences, and backgrounds of our community members.
The PGA affinity groups meet three to four times a year, and any Lakeside parent or guardian who identifies as a member of or who has a student who identifies as a member of any affinity group is welcome to join and participate at any time throughout the school year.
The following affinity groups are meeting in the 2021-2022 school year:
- Parents and guardians of Black, African American, African, or Afro Caribbean students.
- Parents and guardians of Latino/a or Hispanic students.
- Parents and guardians of Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander students.
- Parents and guardians of South Asian students (this group is also welcome to attend the Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander group).
- Same-sex parents and guardians and/or parents and guardians of LGBTQ+ students.
- Parents and guardians of multiracial students.
- Parents and guardians of students with learning differences (such as dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and processing disorders).
If you have specific questions, please contact Sheila Talwar, the 2021-22 PGA’s vice president for community, equity and inclusion; or Sandy Raftery, the PGA’s affinity groups coordinator at LakesidePGA@lakesideschool.org.
- What is an affinity group?
- What are the benefits of affinity groups?
- What happens in affinity groups?
- Can I participate in more than one affinity group?
- How often will parent and guardian affinity groups meet?
- Why isn't there an affinity group for me?
- I am a member of a so-called privileged group. Are there affinity groups for me?
- Shouldn’t we be having dialogues about our differences all together rather than in separate groups?
- I already know what it means to be X. Could I hear what the Y folks are saying?
- Shouldn’t we focus on our similarities and not our differences?