An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Zinda K. Foster, Upper School service learning coordinator/student programs coordinator/student activity center director

As the faculty and staff gathered together to be briefed on a new inclusion initiative and start the work of building trust and stronger relationships, students from Lakeside and The Overlake School gathered in Lakeside’s Upper School student center for their own leadership development.

Invited to campus on their day off, 15 students from Lakeside and six students from The Overlake School came together, talked about their experiences at their schools, and shared a meal and some laughter. They talked about being a student of color at a predominantly white school, what strengths they bring to their community, what kind of person they want to be when they grow up, and how they feel about the use of the “N” word.

We had students from many cultural groups: African, African-American, Asian-American, Filipino, and multiracial. After sharing pizza and belly laughs watching episodes of “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off the Boat,” students exchanged numbers and decided they wanted to make this happen again in the near future. It was a great first gathering and we hope it is just the beginning!